The season opener for the Eastern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois Saturday saw a lot of superb performances from its swimmers.
Junior swimmer Monica Dorszewski took victory in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.56 as well as a third place in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Junior Jessie Godlewski claimed a win in the 200-yard butterfly punching the wall at 2:03.29, which was good for the best time in that event.
Godlewski also took a fifth place finish in the 200-yard individual medley against Northwestern, but won the event versus Illinois. Godlewski’s accomplishments over the weekend were good enough for her to earn the Mid-American Conference women’s swimmer of the week.
Junior Sara Ghaffari finished third in the 50-yard freestyle. Freshman Carly Jackson garnered a third place finish in the 100-yard butterfly event.
The Eagles showed their dominance in the diving events. Lauren Dark, Danielle Hulvey, and Melynee Saya grabbed a 1-2-3 finish in the three-meter diving event.
Hulvey and Dark finished first and second respectively in the one-meter dive. Hulvey ran away with the one-meter win and a 311.30 score against Dark’s score of 271.15. The meets showed head coach Peter Linn that there are still some areas of improvement for his squads.
“It gave us an idea of what to work on,” said EMU coach Peter Linn.
Meanwhile, the men’s team also faced the Wildcats at Northwestern and walked away with some wins. Junior Brian Moore won the 200-yard freestyle and came in second in the 100-yard freestyle.
Sophomore Kyzysztof Gilski claimed a pair of victories in the 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard butterfly events.
Andrew Henry won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:55.13.
Junior Dakoda Johnson rebounded from a seventh place finish in the one-meter diving event to claim a win in the three-meter dive as part of an EMU 1-2-3 finish along with junior Sage Stephens and freshman Alexander Chan.
Gilski’s performance over the weekend earned him the MAC men’s swimmer of the week accolade. This is the first time in his career earning such an honor.
Look Ahead for the women as they face BGSU:
Bowling Green State University was picked second in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll after finishing third in the MAC Championship to conclude last season.
The Falcons returned 15 swimmers from the 2012-13 campaign, where five of them now hold school swimming records. Seniors Joëlle Scheps, Brittany Szekely, and Emily Waller entered this year with BGSU records in various freestyle events.
The meet will be the season opener for Bowling Green after a pair of preseason competitions.
The Falcons had an intrasquad meet Sept. 25, and began the season with the Tom Stubbs Relay Oct. 4 with four wins in the ten scheduled relay events against the University of Toledo, University of Akron, Youngstown State University and University of Findlay.
BGSU took victory in the 200-yard individual medley, 800-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays. This will be the first dual meet of the season for Bowling Green and Linn says the women’s squad has to be at the top of its game when facing the Falcons.
“[The Falcons] are number two in the conference so they’re pretty good,” Linn said. “We have to be ready to go.”
This meet will be the start of a three-meet home stand for the EMU women’s team at the Jones Natatorium as well as the MAC opener.
The dual meet versus Bowling Green is set to begin Saturday Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the men’s squad will take a break and return to action Nov. 9 for a home dual meet versus Oakland University at 1 p.m.