Eastern Michigan Keeps Up 12-Year Winning Streak Against Wayne State

Hannah Hecht
by Hannah Hecht 0

January 21st, 2018 News


  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Results




DETROIT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – After posting a win against Ball State University Friday, Jan. 19, the Eastern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving kept the winning streak alive with an impressive, 181-111, victory over Wayne State University Saturday, Jan. 20. The Eagles move to 6-1 on duals this season as they remain undefeated against the Warriors.

Eastern started the meet  with an impressive win in the 200 medley relay. Juniors Delaney Duncan (Galesburg, Ill.-Galesburg) and Michal Liberman (Rosh Haayin, Israel-Begin)teamed up with sophomores Claire Young (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.-Gross Pointe South) and Amelia Armstrong-Grant (Ypsilanti, Mich.-Saline) to take first with a time of 1:45.02, besting the field by almost three full seconds.

Junior Nicole Swartz (Dayton, Ohio-Centerville) remains perfect in the 1000 freestyle this season as she clocked in at 10:08.82 to take first. Senior Sarah Dombkowski (Canton, Mich.-Plymouth) and freshman Kaitlynd Scanlan (Waukesha, Wisc.-Pewaukee) rounded out the EMU sweep with times of 10:21.13 and 10:34.24, respectively.

The Green and White kept the sweeps going in the 200 free as junior Emilie Desnoyers (St. Albert, Alberta) just edged out freshman Meike Staffeldt (Niedersachsen, Germany) by a hundredth of a second at 1:55.74 to take first. Rounding out the top-three was junior Stephanie Johnston (Holland, Mich.) who touched in at 1:59.13.

Sophomore Casey Gavigan (East Setauket, N.Y.-Ward Melville) turned in a time of 57.08 in the 100 backstroke to take first, while junior Dora Vrcic (Dubrovacka, Split, Croatia) and Liberman completed EMU’s third sweep of the afternoon at 57.98 and 58.40, respectively.

In the 100 breaststroke, the Green and White took a pair of the top-three spots in the form of Duncan and freshman Riley Hofmann (Ada, Mich.-Forest Hills Central). Duncan nabbed first-place with a blistering time of 1:02.53, over five full seconds ahead of the runner-up, while Hofmann took third with a time of 1:08.87.

Eastern’s winning streak was halted in the 200 butterfly as freshmen Abby Rapien(Cincinnati, Ohio-Taylor) and Ali Staver (Bettendorf, Iowa-Pleasant Valley) were slotted at second and third with times of 2:09.75 and 2:10.12, respectively.

Senior Chase Walker (Virginia Beach, Va.-Landstown), Armstrong-Grant, and junior Marissa Marion (Rockford, Mich.-Rockford) got the Eagles back on track as they took the top three spots in the 50 free. Walker bested the field with a time of 24.42 for first, while Armstrong-Grant took second at 24.64. Competing in the 50 free for the first time this season, Marion took third with a time of 24.76.

At this point, the meet diverted attention to the diving board as the Eagles dominated on the 3-meter. Seniors Emily Tubbs (Monroe, Mich.-Monroe) and Molly Miller (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Harrison) took the top-two spots with finals scores of 289.05 and 268.13, respectively. Freshman Bethany Berger (Batavia, Ohio-Glen Este) rounded out the sweep, posting a season-high score of 260.70. On the 1-meter, EMU competed as exhibition with freshmen Mikela Schempf (Bowling Green, Ohio-Bowling Green) posted the top score with a season-best 276.83.

As the meet transitioned back to the individual events, Eastern continued the sweeps in the 100 free. Staffeldt snagged first-place, turning in a time of 53.15, while Johnston followed right on her heels at 53.22. Armstrong-Grant rounded out the top-three at 53.84.

Gavigan won her second event of the afternoon in the 200 back while Swartz, competing in the event for the first time this season, took second at 2:08.38.

After Delaney posted a first-place finish in the 200 breast, Dombkowski headed a sweep in the 500 free. Behind Dombkowski, Shugarman and Hofmann touched in at 5:12.68 and 5:15.39 to take second and third, respectively.

After Wayne State took first-place in the 100 fly, Eastern elected to defer all points for the remainder of the meet as it was well ahead in the team standings.

The Eagles concluded the afternoon with a pair of top times in the 200 individual medley and 200 free relay.

Eastern Michigan is back in action next weekend when it treks down to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami Saturday, Jan. 27. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m.


DETROIT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men’s swimming and diving moved to 5-1 in duals this season as it rolled past Wayne State University, 172-101, at WSU Natatorium Saturday, Jan. 20. The Eagles, who have not lost a meet to the Warriors since the two squads met in the 2005-06 campaign, locked up their 13th victory over WSU.

After the Warriors opened the afternoon with a win in the 200 medley relay, the Eagles responded back by sweeping the 1000 freestyle. Sophomores Tanner Olmos (Clovis, Calif.-Buchanan)Parker Saladin (Buchanan. Mich.-Buchanan), and Corey Smith (Lansdale, Pa.) finished 1-2-3, respectively. Olmos turned in a season-best time of 9:43.98 to take first, while Saladin, in his first 1000 free appearance, nabbed the runner-up spot at 9:50.84. Smith rounded out the sweep at 9:54.43.

Eastern kept the sweeps alive, this time taking the top-four spots in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Matan Segal (Lehavim, Israel-Hof HaSahron) nabbed first-place as freshman Carter Swift (Shapparton, Victoria, Australia) and sophomore Jacob Ehrman (Saline, Mich.-Saline) took second and third, respectively. Freshman Alec Hoch (Orchard Park, N.Y.-Orchard Park) turned in a season best time of 1:47.69 to take fourth.

It was a battle for first-place in the 100 backstroke as junior Tosh Kawaguchi (Cary, N.Y.-Cary) and senior Logan Burton (Chesapeake, Va.-Hickory) snagged the top-two spots. Kawaguchi placed first with a time of 49.22, while Burton followed right on his heals at 49.89 to take second.

The Green and White’s winning streak was halted in the 100 breaststroke as freshmen Ben Brooks (Avon, Ohio-Avon) and Ben Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa.-State College Area) were slotted at second and third with times of 57.89 and 58.24, respectively.

Sophomores Alex Arrieta (Miami, Fla.-Doral Acadmey Center) and Matthew Martin(Brecksville, Ohio-Brecksville Broadview Heights), and senior Connor Johnson (Fort Bragg, N.C.-Terry Sanford) tried to get Eastern Michigan back on track by sweeping the 200 butterfly, before Wayne State took another first-place, this time in the 50 free.

The Eagles were a force to be reckoned with on the springboard as they won both the 1- and 3-meter dives. In the 1-meter, EMU swept the event as sophomore Noah Galluzzo (Mexico, N.Y.) took first with a final score of 329.18, while junior Tom Gillis (Halifax, Nova Scotia-Citadel) and freshman Al’x Pierre (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) battled for second. Gillis just edged out Pierre with a final score of 321.90 as the freshman finished the event at 321.60. In the 3-meter, senior Peter Rusenas (Naperville, Ill.-Naperville Central)nabbed the top spot with a final score of 312.61, while Pierre ended the afternoon with a second-place finish with a score of 288.61.

Returning to the pool, Swift fought off a pair of Warriors to take first-place in the 100 free with a time of 46.58, before Segal took the top spot in the 200 back with a time of 1:49.07.

In the 200 breast, the Eagles saw a pair of swimmers in the top-three in the form of Gingher and sophomore Aaron Hendry (Evans, Ga.-Evans). Gingher turned in a time of 2:03.76, good for first-place, as Hendry clocked in at 2:06.86 for third-place.

Making their 500 free debut this season, Burton and Kawaguchi both had outstanding showings as they headed a sweep of the top-four spots. Burton took first with a time of 4:36.52 to own the ninth fastest time in the Mid-American Conference and fastest 500 free time this season for the Eagles. Kawaguchi followed close behind at 4:37.65 to take second, while Arrieta and Ehrman rounded out the sweep at third and fourth, respectively.

Eastern continued to pull away from the Wayne State as Johnson took first-place in the 100 fly and sophomore Mark Krusinski (Brecksville, Ohio-Brecksville Broadview Heights) took third at 51.50.

In the final individual event of the afternoon, the Eagles posted four of the fastest times in the pool, but elected to defer points since they were well ahead in team standings. Junior Ricky Perez (Greenfield, Wis.-Greenfield) touched in first at 1:56.71 while Saladin turned in a season-best time of 1:56.76 for the second fastest time in the pool.

An EMU cohort of Burton, Segal, Swift, and Brooks posted the fastest 200 free relay at 1:24.81 to cap the afternoon.

Eastern returns to action next weekend as it travels to Oxford, Ohio to take on MAC foes, Miami Saturday, Jan. 27. Action between the two squads is set to begin at 1 p.m.


DETROIT – The Wayne State University women’s swimming and diving team completed the regular season portion of its schedule Saturday, falling to visitor Eastern Michigan 181-111 in the Senior Day meet.

In the 200 medley relay, sophomore Ashlen Michalski (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Eisenhower), freshman Jia Yi Koh (Subang Jaya, Malaysia), freshman Haley Groteler (West Ottawa, Mich.) and junior Lezlie Bueno Estrada (Chihuahua, Mexico) were runners-up with a time of 1:47.97.

Groteler, Bueno Estrada, sophomore Aliza Durack (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and senior Makayla Myers(Hudsonville, Mich.) won the event in 1:38.78.

Groteler won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.95, and also took the 100 butterfly in 57.65.

Freshman Amanda Hurchalla (Mount Clemens, Mich. / Fraser) earned a win in one-meter diving (264.44).

Sophomore Katie Svisco (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Eisenhower) was first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.66.

Koh was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.65), the 200 breaststroke (2:26.24) and the 200 IM (2:12.86).

Right behind Koh in the 200 breaststroke was Svisco (2:29.81).

Freshman Emma Von Holtz (West Ottawa, Mich.) scored a 260.40 in one-meter diving, followed sophomore Mia Teifer (Trenton, Mich. / Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central) with a 257.18, finishing second and third behind Hurchalla in one-meter diving.

Sophomore Emily Marginean (Tecumseh, Ont. / Riverside S.S.) was third in the 200 backstroke (2:11.01).

Junior Tai Furnari (Pleasant Ridge, Mich / Ferndale) was third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.83.

The Warriors will resume action on Wed., Feb. 14, traveling to Jenison, Mich. for the start of the GLIAC Championships. That event will run through Sat., Jan. 17.


DETROIT – The Wayne State University men’s swimming and diving team celebrated Senior Day with its final dual meet of the 2017-18, falling 172-101 to Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon.

Junior Dima Drobnych (Kryvyi, Rih, Ukraine), sophomore Sasha Palazzo (Verona, Italy), junior Rasmus Olsen (Kastrup, Denmark), and sophomore Ryan Katulski (Novi, Mich.) were the top finishers in 1:32.45.
Katulski, Roshak, Drobnych and Palazzo were the winners of the 200 free relay in 1:25.10.

Sophomore Leo de Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the top finisher in the 1000 free with a time of 9:57.85.

Palazzo’s 56.68 in the 100 breastsroke was a good enough for the top spot.

Katulski (21.22) claimed the 50 free.

Senior Khayman Jones (Adrian, Mich) won three-meter diving with a score of 286.21.

Olsen took the 200 IM in 2:01.01.

In the 100 free, Katulski was second with a time of 47.25. Senior Tyler Roshak (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Harrison) was right behind him in 47.58.

The 200 backstroke included a runner-up finish for Drobnych (1:53.20).

Olsen was second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.26.

The Warriors will resume action on Wed., Feb. 14, traveling to Jenison, Mich. for the start of the GLIAC Championships. That event will run through Sat., Jan. 17.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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