Women's swim and dive completes undefeated dual season
The women Eagles left on Sat., Feb. 4 with their 8th dual victory of the year at 185-115 against Miami University . This marked the most number of dual victories the team has had since the 2007-2008 season. This also marked the second consecutive season with an undefeated MAC record. The women stand at 4-0 in conference and 8-0 overall.
The women started out with a win in the 200 Medley Relay. Mitcheltree and sophomores Delaney Duncan, Michal Liberman, and Stephanie Johnston teamed up for a first-place finish. EMU also claimed second place for the relay with freshman Claire Young, senior Genna Worthley , sophomore Dora Vrcic, and junior Chase Walker .
Next was the 1000 Freestyle where the Eagles lead increased from sophomore Nicole Swartz and junior Sarah Dombkowski's second 1-2 finish. Swartz had the fourth fasted time in the conference at 10:05.30.
During the 200 Free Van Allen secured her first win of the day with a time of 1:49.77. Senior Sierra Wagner also was a top-three finish, clocking in a season-best time at 1:51.79 for a third place.
EMU later won its fourth consecutive event, the 100 Backstroke. Mitcheltree clocked in first place at 54.69 and Young came in second.
Duncan continued to keep the women Eagles in lead with the 100 Breaststroke, which she won the event for the seventh time this season. Then there was top three finished in the 200 Butterfly.
Wagner came in with a win in the 50 Freestyle. Johnston followed in second place, leaving the Eagles score at 93-38.
During the diving session, freshman's Brielle Johnston and Sophia Tsakantakis guided the Eagles gracefully against Miami. Johnston came in second, giving 305.03 points to EMU, while Tsafantakis scored 284.11 for third place. Then on the 1-meter, junior Alli Shereda led the Eagles to place second, while Johnston is placed another top-three finish at third place.
The women later swept the top four spots in the 100 Free. Van Allen led the sweep, while Wagner finished runner-up. Stephanie Johnston, and freshman Rachel Stark then completed the sweep.
Mitcheltree later won in the 200 Back, then Swartz and Dombkowski came in with another 1-2 finish in the 500 Free. Following the free, Liberman and senior Carly Jackson finished second and third in the 100 Fly, while Van Allen achieved a win in the 200 Individual Medley. EMU completed the dual with a victory in its final event, the 400 Free Relay. Wagner, Johnston, Mitcheltree, and Walker team up for the win, finalizing the winning score for the Eagles competition.
Same as the men's swim and dive, the women will also send some of their swimmers and divers to the Ohio State Invitational, starting Feb. 11-12. The others will be headed to the MAC Championships, Feb. 22-25.