EMU men's, women's swim teams win at Denison

Both of Eastern Michigan University’s swimming teams won their road dual meets at NCAA Division III Denison University Friday.

The men’s team won with a score of 181-118 while the women’s squad took a win over the Big Red 184-116. Not only did the swim teams walk out of the Trumbull Aquatics Center with victories, but also with new pool records.

The men’s team improved to a 2-1 overall record after taking 10 wins in the 16 events.

Kyle Lichtenberg grabbed a pair of individual events in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events. Lichtenberg won the 1000-free with a time of 9:37.10, which broke a pool record previously set by Al Weik of Denison in 2012.

It was a busy afternoon for Eagles freshman Cole Bateman. Bateman won two individual events in the 100- and 200-backstroke and was part of a winning relay team in the 200-medley relay. The three wins earned Bateman the title of Mid-American Conference male swimmer of the week Monday, which was the first time in his career he received such an honor.

Krzysztof Gilski won in both the 100- and 200-butterfly events, setting a new pool record in the two events.

Eastern Michigan swept both relay events and broke some pool marks along the way. Bateman along with Kyle Aerne, Gilski and Dexter Foos won after punching the wall at 1:32.80, which was over a full second of a pool record set by a Denison relay team in 2012.

Foos was also on the 400-freestyle relay winning team along with Erik Gissen, Gus Everson and Brian Moore with a time of 3:04.23. The time set a new pool record by almost four seconds over a Denison relay team high mark from 2013.

In the men’s diving events, Connor Dignan swept both the one- and three-meter dives. EMU’s Dakoda Johnson finished second in the three-meter dive and third in the one-meter event. Alex Chan of EMU claimed second in the one-meter dive.

The women’s team moved up to an overall record of 4-3 and remained at 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference after the Eagles won 10 of the 16 events in the afternoon.

Jessie Godlewski grabbed a trio of victories in the 200-butterfly, 200-backstroke, and 200-individual medley. The wins gave Godlewski the MAC female swimmer of the week award Monday for the second time this season and third time in her career.

Monica Dorszewski was dazzling in her individual events with a pair of wins in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and shattered pool records in both competitions. Dorszewski was also on the EMU relay teams that placed third in the 200-medley and 400-free relays.

It was also a busy day for Alexis Mitcheltree, who won the 100-backstroke and was on the winning 200-medley relay team along with Genna Worthley, Jackie Swartz and Mary Kate Maclean. Swartz added a first place finish in the 100-butterfly as part of an EMU 1-2-3 with Meghan Richardson and Carly Jackson finishing behind her. Swartz also grabbed two runner-up finishes in the 200-butterfly and 200-individual medley.

The Eagles finished 1-2-3 in both the women’s diving events. Lauren Dark won with a score of 269.25 over Danielle Hulvey (265.43).

Hulvey took the three-meter dive over Dark with a 306.23 score. Karly Taylor claimed a pair of third place finishes in both events.

Eastern Michigan returns to the Jones Natatorium Jan. 18 to play host to Michigan State University and the University at Buffalo starting at 1 p.m.


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