The Eastern Michigan University men’s swimming and diving team took the pool for the first time in the New Year, where it would split a couple of dual meets against Purdue University and Ball State University.
Eastern Michigan (3-2, 1-0 MAC) fell to the Purdue Boilermakers, 128-109 after having had five Eagles record season-best performances. EMU then headed to Ball State where the Eagles would win 14 of the 16 events, claiming its first MAC victory of the season, 168-118.
Against the Boilermakers, Freshman Tom Gillis had a season-best performance scoring 298.20 in the 1-meter Dive, which was enough for a first place finish. Teammate Brandon O’Shea also had a season-best, finishing third in the 3-meter Dive with a score of 294.60.
EMU’s Andrew Henry continues to impress each and every meet, having had his season-best performance in the 100-yard Freestyle clocking in at 45.07.
In Muncie, Indiana the Eagles stormed past the Ball State Cardinals making a statement that they’re out to win another MAC Championship.
The Eagles claimed the top two or three spots in a majority of the heats in this meet, consisting of the 200-yard Medley Relay, 1000-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Backstroke, and 3-meter Dive.
Sophomore Logan Burton had his second, first place finish of the season in the 1000-yard Freestyle clocking in with a time of 9:43.43, ten seconds ahead of teammate Chris Cutter and 22 seconds ahead of the nearest Cardinal swimmer.
EMU junior Cole Bateman finished with a couple of fist place finishes in the 200-yard IM (1:55.41) and the 100-yard Backstroke (50.89) to help the Eagles get off to a strong conference start.
Eastern Michigan will return home Friday, Jan. 22 to take on Wayne State University at 3 p.m.