The Eastern Michigan men’s swimming and diving team topped the field convincingly, as EMU scored 1,252 total points; 490.5 points more than second place Wayne State, while senior swimmer Andrew Henry dominated in the two-day invitational held at EMU’s Jones Natatorium, Dec 4-5.
Henry helped his team by winning the 200-yard, 400-yard, and 800-yard Freestyle relays, along with individual accolades by taking first in the 100-yard Freestyle, 500-yard Freestyle and 200-yard Freestyle, where he posted a time 1:38.49, nearly four seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.
The invitational was compromised of Ball State University, Ashland University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Wayne State University and Tiffin University.
EMU got the early lead thanks to divers Alex Chan, Peter Rusenas, Thomas Gillis and Brendan O’Shea. The four Eagles finished in the top six in the 3-meter dive, giving EMU 343-points to start the invite.
From there EMU would see first place finishes in multiple events throughout the invite. Kyle Lichtenberg would win the first swimming event for the Eagles in the 1650-yard Freestyle, having a time of 16:00.15.
Chris Hodges, a senior would win the 200-yard Breaststroke (2:01.76), 200-yard Medley relay, 100-yard Breaststroke (56.07), and 400-yard Medley relay.
One of the newcomers of the year, Tosh Kawaguchi also had one of his better performances of the season winning the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:00.89.
Eastern Michigan’s men are 2-1 on the season, and will return to action after the New Year at Purdue University on Jan. 15., following up with Ball State University on Jan. 16.
1. Eastern Michigan - 1252
2. Wayne State - 761.5
3. Ball State - 643
4. Ashland - 558
5. Tiffin - 138.5
6. IUPUI - 91