Akron Bests Duquense 247-154 in Mystery Dual

Akron at Duquesne

  • Jan. 12, 2019
  • Akron def. Duquesne 247-154
  • Results

Courtesy: Akron Athletics

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Akron swimming and diving team showed its versatility as it topped Duquesne, 247-154, Saturday afternoon at Towers Pool in a unique mystery dual.

“Hats off to Duquesne and their staff. With this unique format there were many moving parts,” said head coach Brian Peresie. “They pulled it off without a hitch.”

In the non-traditional format, each team had preset line-ups. When the pre-selected swimmers were behind the blocks, the scorers’ table drew the event from a hat and announce it. The moment it was announced was the first time the swimmers knew what event they would be swimming.

Diving and relays were the only known events for the day, while all individual swimming events were the ‘mystery events.’

“The mystery format was very exciting and engaging throughout the entire meet,” Peresie said. “It gave the swimmers a chance to not have the normal stresses they might experience while getting ready for their normal races. Instead, it was a different kind of stress that they got the opportunity to experience in competition.”

The divers started out the competition for the day. Freshman Kamryn Goodrick (Chesterland, Ohio) had a phenomenal day on the boards. Not only did she win her first ever collegiate diving event on the one-meter board with a score of 262.88, but she went on to score 264.30 points in the three-meter diving event to also take first. Junior Katelyn Applin (Dansville, N.Y.) finished third (238.80) in the one-meter dive and second (259.95) in the three-meter dive, while sophomore Andrea Bugariu (Troy, Mich.) finished second (250.05) in the one-meter dive and third (255.83) in the three-meter dive.

A team comprised of all freshmen in Avery Movold (Prince George, British Columbia), Andrea Fischer (St. Paul, Minn.), Sarah Watson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Sofia Henell (Linkoping, Sweden) placed first in the initial swimming event of the dual, the 200 medley relay, with a time of 1:45.21. Another Akron team came in second, while a Duquesne team rounded out the top three.

The first mystery event drawn was the 500 freestyle. Akron garnered the top two times as junior Jessica Bonezzi (Wooster, Ohio) touched first at 5:09.25 and junior Jackie Pash (Carmel, Ind.) finished second with a time of 5:09.77.

Junior Mackenzie Vargas (Roseville, Calif.) was behind the blocks as one of her signature events, the 200 butterfly, was luckily drawn. The junior came in first with a time of 2:05.50, while junior Morgan Waggoner (Fremont, Ohio) touched second at 2:08.14.

Up next was the 400 individual medley. Akron took the top two places in the event with freshman Olivia Gardner (Bromsgrove, England) coming in first at 4:28.44. Senior Emma King (Centerville, Ohio) earned second place with a time of 4:32.06.

Watson took top honors in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.16), while senior Ragen Engel (Springfield, Ohio) rounded out the top three with a time of 2:31.14.

In the 100 freestyle, Movold swam to a first-place victory in a time of 52.08, while sophomore Brooke Lamoureux (Belleville, Ontario) took third (54.69)

Fischer (30.05) and senior Sadie Fazekas (Windsor, Ontario) (31.57) earned first and second, respectively, in the 50 breaststroke, while sophomore Paulina Nogaj (Radom, Poland) placed first in the 200 freestyle.

The next event drawn was the 100 butterfly. Bonezzi took first in the event with a time of 57.90, but Henell wasn’t far behind, touching at 58.72 to take second. Gardner continued Akron’s winning ways as she took first in the next event, the 100 breaststroke.

Taking a break from the mystery events, the 200 freestyle relay was raced. The team of freshman Lauren Cooper (Dublin, Ohio), junior Ellie Nebraska (Delaware, Ohio), Waggoner and Fazekas took first, clocking in at 1:37.22, while a Duquesne team took second.

Watson and Nogaj both won their second individual events of the day in the 200 and 100 backstroke, respectively, while Gardner won her third event, the 200 individual medley, with a time of 2:07.69.

Back-to-back individual medley races were drawn, as the 17th event of the day was the 100 IM. Henell turned in a first place finish, touching at 1:00.24, while three Duquesne rounded out the top four.

No stranger to the 50 backstroke, Fazekas took first in the event with a time of 26.13. Movold earned her second win of the day as she turned in a time of 23.99 in the 50 freestyle.

The Dukes won the final three events of the dual, including the 1,000 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 400 medley relay.

Overall, the Zips proved to be versatile and well-rounded throughout the dual as they won 19 of the 22 events.

“All in all, I think it was a huge success and I look forward to doing it again,” Peresie said.

Up next, the Zips will compete at the Shamrock Invite, Jan. 25-26, in Notre Dame, Ind., hosted by Notre Dame.

Courtesy: Duquesne Athletics

PITTSBURGH – Duquesne and Akron squared off in a dual meet on Saturday which featured a unique format with 17 “mystery” events being picked just moments prior to the beginning of each respective race. The Zips, winners of the last five Mid-American Conference titles, came away with a 247-154 victory over the Dukes in a battle of reigning conference champions.

Both teams had a lineup in place prior to each event. When swimmers approached the blocks, the scorers’ table picked events out of a hat before announcing which particular event would be raced for 17 of the 20 swimming events on the day.

Duquesne closed out the meet with three consecutive first-place finishes, including Hanna Everhart (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area) in the 1000-yard free (10:57.63), Kristen McKnight (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) in the 50-yard fly (27.03) and the 400-yard medley relay team of Emma Brinton (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove), Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg), Audrey Steen (San Pedro, Calif./San Pedro) and Heather Svitavsky (Willoughby, Ohio/Hawken) with a time of (4:09.59).

Brinton added second-place marks in the 100-yard free (53.99) and 200-yard backstroke (2:13.39) as well as a third-place finish in the 500-yard free (5:10.02).

Morgan Smith (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) placed second in the 200-yard IM (2:17.03) and third in the 200-yard fly (2:11.28) and 50-yard fly (27.61) for the Dukes.

Steen finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.46) and the 50-yard breaststroke (27.58) on the day.

Clare Flanagan (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) posted two second-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.33) and the 100-yard IM (1:03.47).

Carson Gross (York, Pa./York Suburban) placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:30.99) and third in the 50-yard backstroke (28.76) for Duquesne.

Cateri Christinis (Charleroi, Pa./Oakland Catholic) also registered a second-place performance in the 200-yard free (1:59.52) while Heather Svitavsky placed second in the 50-yard free (25.51).

Sophia Perez (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) notched two third-place marks in the 100-yard fly (59.74) and 100-yard IM (1:04.29) while Lauren Devorace (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) finished third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.49) and 50-yard free (25.58).

Gabrielle Werner (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) also posted a pair of third-place performances in the 50-yard backstroke (33.68) and the 1000-yard free (11:19.70).

Several Dukes added third-place showings including Stauffer in the 400-yard IM (4:39.15), Lauryn Ober (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.52) and Mia Beyerl (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) in the 200-yard IM (2:17.03).

The Duquesne divers battled the Zips at Carnegie Mellon University prior to the swim portion of the meet. Adrienne White (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) led the Dukes with a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter (234.75) while Sawyer Weitzel (Celina, Ohio/Celina) led Duquesne in the 1-meter (214.88) with a fifth-place showing.

Head coach David Sheets: “The format Brian (Peresie) and I put together for this meet created a unique event for both teams. It was nice to see the kids get up and race in events they normally don’t compete in. From a team perspective, the ladies did very well, competed and gave their best in every race. We are in the home stretch now and will start working on fine tuning every aspect of our swimming.”

Head diving coach Charlie Hauser: “The divers are getting back in to competition mode. We had some really good corrections on things we have been working on, and Ashley (Dias) had a personal best. We need to tighten up some little things but this weekend was a good stepping stone to the point we want to get to.”

Duquesne concludes its home stand hosting a tri-meet against Ohio and Xavier next Saturday, Jan. 19 at Towers Pool.

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Mark Rauterkus
4 years ago

Love the concept. What other schools do this type of meet?