Eastern Michigan University’s women’s swimming and diving team fought a hard battle, but was unable to muster a win during Saturday’s contest against Oakland University and Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green State University, Nov. 8. The Eagles fell to Bowling Green, 155-145, while tying Oakland, 149-149. The Green and White’s record now stands at 3-1-1 (3-1 MAC), while the Golden Grizzlies are 6-1-1 and the Falcons hold a 2-0 (2-0 MAC) record.
The Eagles won seven-of-16 events against Bowling Green and six-of-16 events when matched up against Oakland, but there was some variation as to which events were victorious for the Green and White. Overall, there were four individual winners for the meet’s 16 races. Grace Van Allen(Indianapolis, Ind.-North Central) was the only Eagle to record wins, sweeping the 200 and 500 free. The sophomore recorded a season-best 1:52.13 in the 200 free, edging out reigning MAC Swimmer of the Week Becca Detro (Carmel, Ind.-Carmel) by .13 seconds. The Eagles kept up their strong performances in the event, taking a sweep over both Oakland and Bowling Green as Sierra Wagner(Huntsville, Texas-Huntsville) finished third in 1:53.50. Van Allen went on to win the 500 free against both teams in 5:02.33.
Carly Jackson (La Porte, Ind.-La Porte) and Monica Dorszewski (Palatine, Ill.-Palatine) also recorded wins against both squads, with Jackson taking the title in the 100 fly in 56.40 seconds while Dorszewski’s mark of 2:20.32 in the 200 breast paced the field in the event. Dorszewski also won the 100 breast against Oakland in 1:04.56, but fell to BGSU’s top breaststroker. Jackson had a similar situation in the 200 fly, winning over Oakland in 2:05.38 but took second against the Falcons.
Three more victories came against Bowling Green thanks to Audra Burtch (Goshen, Ind.-Concord) andBecky Deacon (Sherwood Park, Alberta-Vimy Ridge Academy). Burtch was the top finisher for the Eagles in the 1000 free in 10:30.12, finishing first against the Falcons but third against the Oakland Grizzlies. Deacon was the Green and White’s top scorer on the springboards, finishing behind Oakland’s Tricia Grant in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. The freshman continued to improve her marks, recording personal bests of 289.60 and 299.95 points, respectively. Additionally, the Eagles swept the diving events against Bowling Green, with Lauren Dark (Chelsea, Mich.-Chelsea) taking second in both competitions against the Falcons while Karly Taylor (Munster, Ind.-Munster) and Melynee Saya(Nashua, N.H.-Nashua) finished third on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards, respectively.
In the backstroke races, Alexis Mitcheltree (Moon Twp., Pa.-Moon Area) took second against the Golden Grizzlies and third against the Falcons in both the 100 and 200 back, touching in at 57.84 seconds and 2:04.65.
Some struggles were seen in the 50 free and 200 IM, events which are normally strongholds for the Eagles. The 50 free was paced by Sara Ghaffari (Bolinas, Sweden-Torsbergynasiet) in 24.19 seconds, giving her a runner-up finish against Oakland while she finished third against Bowling Green. In the 200 IM, Jessie Godlewski (Apex, N.C.-Apex) was the top finisher for the Green and White in 2:10.72, but finished third against Oakland while the mark was good for fourth behind the Falcons.
The team ended the meet with a runner-up finish against both teams in the 400 free relay, with Wagner, Ghaffari, Van Allen, and Jackson touching in at 3:30.35.
The Eagles will return to Jones Natatorium for their next meet, when they take on the University of Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. Live results will be available through EMUEagles.com.
EMU Individual Results (* signifies personal best)
200-yard Medley Relay
4. MacLean, Worthley, Jackson, Ghaffari 1:45.54
5. Mitcheltree, Wimmer, Garringer, Saddler 1:47.09
7. Shaw, Dorszewski, Yockey, Trace 1:49.31
3. Burtch, Audra 10:30.12
7. Murslack, Allison 10:40.74
9. Aumiller Abby 10:46.72
1. Van Allen, Grace 1:52.13
2. Detro, Becca 1:52.26
3. Wagner, Sierra 1:53.50
4. Mitcheltree, Alexis 57.84
5. Shaw, Haley 58.98
7. Garringer, Makenzie 59.57
11. Trace, Betsy X1:01.83
2. Dorszewski, Monica 1:04.56
5. Wimmer, Emily 1:05.73
8. Worthley, Genna 1:06.45
2. Jackson, Carly 2:05.38
3. Godlewski, Jessie 2:06.62
6. Daniel, Clarice 2:08.76
10. Yockey, Rosalie X2:14.42
4. Ghaffari, Sara 24.19
5. MacLean, Mary Kate 24.38
6. Saddler, Abby 24.57
2. Deacon, Becky 299.95*
3. Dark, Lauren, 294.10
4. Saya, Melynee 291.00
5. Taylor, Karly X264.60
4. Wagner, Sierra 52.71
6. MacLean, Mary Kate 53.56
7. Saddler, Abby 53.83
8. Detro, Becca X53.89
4. Mitcheltree, Alexis 2:04.65
8. Aumiller, Abby 2:09.54
9. Shaw, Haley 2:10.39
1. Dorszewski, Monica 2:20.32
8. Worthley, Genna 2:25.51
9. Wimmer, Emily 2:27.22
1. Van Allen, Grace 5:02.33
6. Burtch, Audra 5:09.00
7. Murslack, Allison 5:13.43
1. Jackson, Carly 56.40
3. Ghaffari, Sara 57.83
4. Godlewski, Jessie 58.04
8. Garringer, Makenzie X59.09
2. Deacon, Becky 289.60*
3. Dark, Lauren 286.10
4. Taylor, Karly 225.15
5. Saya, Melynee X224.80
200-yard Individual Medley
6. Godlewski, Jessie 2:10.72
7. Daniel, Clarice 2:11.31
8. Garringer, Makenzie 2:12.25
11. Yockey, Rosalie X2:14.26
400-yard Freestyle Relay
3. Wagner, Ghaffari, Van Allen, Jackson 3:30.35
4. Mitcheltree, Saddler, MacLean, Detro 3:32.91
7. Wimmer, Aumiller, Shaw, Trace X3:42.02
College Swimming News courtesy of Eastern Michigan Swim and Dive.
BGSU Swimming And Diving Remain Unbeaten, Defeat EMU And Oakland (RELEASE)
Rochester, Mich. – The Bowling Green State University swim and dive team won eight events Saturday afternoon, defeating both Oakland and MAC opponent, Eastern Michigan. Estela Davis Ortiz won three individual events and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team.
“We are obviously very excited about the final outcome of today’s competition against two very tough teams,” Head Coach Petra Martin said. “Our women showed a lot of heart and responded a lot better to being on a road than last year at this point of the season.”
BGSU won 155-145 against previously unbeaten EMU and beat Oakland, 155-139. The Orange and Brown remain undefeated this season, currently sitting at 3-0. Both teams were ranked first in their conferences going into the meet, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
“Thank you to the Falcon Fanatics as they traveled with us and made a big difference for us today,” Martin added.
The Falcons opened up the afternoon with a win in the 200 medley relay. Davis Ortiz, Kristin Filby, Jordan Bullock and Kayla Effinger swam a season-best team time of 1:44.28. BG is undefeated in the event so far this season.
Davis Ortiz continued her dominating day in the 100 backstroke. She and Maya Skorupski both set season personal best times, finishing in first and second place. Davis Ortiz and Skorupski teamed up again for a 1-2 finish respectively in the 200 backstroke.
Filby won her second race of the meet by swimming a season best 1:03.56 in the 100 breaststroke. Daniela Carrillo finished fourth in the event. The duo also finished in third and fourth place in the 200 breaststroke, with Filby setting a new season personal best.
Bullock’s other first place finish came in the 200 butterfly, as she beat her previous season PR by just under two seconds. She also added a second place finish in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 57.39.
Victoria Griffin continued her successful season with two individual wins of her own. The sophomore won the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 23.85. Effinger followed in second place, with a 24.05. Griffin’s second victory came in the 100 freestyle, a race she had yet to compete this season.
The Falcons finished strong in the second to last event, with Davis Ortiz finishing first, Filby in second and Bullock in third. 200 IM
In the final event of the afternoon, BG’s 400 freestyle relay team of Effinger, Maria Galic, Griffin and Hannah Newman raced a season-best time in their second place finish.
Although Natalie Criswell finished fourth in the 500 freestyle, she set a team season-best time in the event, swimming a 5:08.71.
“The meet itself was very close the whole time and we were a little bit up and down in the first couple individual races but recovered well,” Martin said. “The divers improved again and we can see their progression from week to week which is exciting; their scores were better and they are starting to pick up harder and more difficult dives.”
Devan Hennig and Rachel Perry both competed in the 1- and 3-meter diving competition.
BGSU next competes in the Georgia Tech Invitational Nov. 20-22.