Men place first at EMU invitational
The Eastern Michigan University men’s swimming and diving team was both the host and the winner of this year’s EMU Invitational that took place Friday and Saturday.
EMU was winning after the first day of the event with 333 points. Next was Oakland with 277 points, and Wayne State was in third with 226. Ashland had 167, Ball State (118), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (53) and Findlay (43).
Jeffrey Craig was the only Eagle to win an event on the first day. He won the 1-meter dive with a score of 341.10. Three other Eagles took top places in the event, as well. Kevin Douglas was second, Andrew Saunders third and Tyler Keelean fourth.
Coach Peter Linn said he saw many things he liked, one being the progression of his team so far this season.
“I believe they are training very well, but we still have lots of things to keep us busy,” he said. “They are developing nicely, and the team chemistry has been very good.”
Craig agreed the Eagles have been progressing well thanks to the coaching staff.
“Buck is a very knowledgeable coach,” he said. “He’s helped me advance my skills past what I believed I was able to do. I have learned many new dives through his expertise.”
The second day of competition was all EMU, once again. The Eagles completed the second day, and the tournament with a total of 923.5 points. In second place was Oakland with 917.5, followed by Wayne State with 665.
Ashland finished with 600, Ball State (393), IUPUI (168) , and Findlay (108).
The Eagles were successful in many events. Jacob Hansen placed first in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:56, as well, as third in the 200 IM (1:50.42). Also placing in the men’s 200 IM was Mike Swain (1:50.59).
The 3-meter diving was a successful event for EMU. Craig placed first with 372.31. Saunders was second (362.03) and Douglas was third (332.47).
The next meet will be against Xavier at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio.