Men’s swim and dive team prepares for Wayne State

The Eastern Michigan University men’s swim and dive team will travel to face the Wayne State University Warriors at the Matthaei Aquatic Center in Detroit Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.

The Eagles (1-0) are looking to build off their home opening win over the Northwestern Wildcats (157-141) Oct. 19. That victory marked their first win against the Wildcats since the 2002-03 season.

Wayne State is 1-1 on the season as they recently fell to the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies 172-128.

EMU men’s head coach Peter Linn said, “We are still in the process of trying to find out what events the swimmers can compete in, and you can only swim at most four times in any meet.”

The swimmers to watch for are senior Jacob Hanson and sophomore Brian Moore.

Hanson, who had three first place finishes in the last meet, is expected to play a major role again in the Eagles’ quest to begin the season with two straight victories.

Moore is looking to build momentum from his first place finish in the 200-freestyle in the last meet against Northwestern.

Senior Andrew Saunders is expected to lead the charge for EMU’s diving team. In the last meet, Saunders earned a first place finish in the one-meter with a score of 300.08.

Senior Jeffrey Craig is also expected to be another diver to watch. In the last meet, Craig took home first place honors in the three-meter with a 338.03.

Linn said every swimmer is expected to play a role in order to be successful against the Warriors.

“We really need more than just one good swimmer, we must have everybody contribute because in order to be successful in the meets, you need to get some places besides first or we could lose the meet,” Linn said.

A swimmer to look out for on Wayne State’s team is junior Kristian Larsen, who finished second in the 100 free against Ashland University.

Larsen was also part of the 400-medley relay that took first place in that same meet.

Records are not expected to be broken at this event given that it is very early in the swim season.

“Most of the records are set now at meets where there is a lot of training preparation, and that there are sophisticated suits that you seldom wear once or twice a year and it is unusual for someone to break a team record unless it’s at a conference championship or a national championship,” Linn said.

After the meet in Detroit, the Eagles will conclude their brief road trip in Rochester, Mich. facing the Golden Grizzlies Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

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