Oakland Bests Division II Wayne State Behind LaGrand, Knotynetskyi

Oakland vs. Wayne State

  • Oct. 25, 2019
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Men: Oakland 191-109; Women: Oakland 221-78
  • Results

Courtesy: Oakland Athletics

DETROIT, Mich. – The Oakland men’s and women’s swim and dive teams had no problems against Wayne State in their home pool at Matthaei Center Natatorium as the men overtook the Warriors 191-109 while the women won by a score of 221-78.

Last week’s Horizon League Swimmer of the Week, Susan LaGrand had another impressive night in the pool as she swam to four first place finishes. Two coming individually in the 100 butterfly (56.35) and 200 butterfly (2:06.17) and the other two as a part of a relay. LaGrand placed first in the 200 yard free relay with teammates Katie Colwell, Sydney McDowell and Kirstyn Abbasse with a time of 1:36.84 and first in the 400 yard medley relay (3:49.26) with Taylor Bailey, Grace Shinske and Sohvi Nenonen.

On the men’s side, Marko Knotynetskyi had three first place finishes in the 100 backstroke (51.33), the 500 freestyle (4:44.88) and the 400 yard medley relay which he was a part of with Christian Bart, Mack Flowers and Rudy Aguilar.

Sonya Zubenko placed first in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:09.12 as well as first in the 1650 yard freestyle clocking in at 17:25.96. Ben Davis also placed first on the men’s side of the 1650 yard race with a time of 16:31.75.

On the diving board, Jordan Smith took first in the three-meter dive by a score of 260.47 while Bernie Turchi dominated the women’s one-meter, placing first with a score of 267.52.

Other first place finishes include:

Mack Flowers – 100 butterfly (49.85)
Sydney McDowell – 200 breast (2:22.51)
Grace Shinske – 200 backstroke (2:01.77)
Will Gayne – 200 backstroke (1:52.93)
Katie Colwell – 100 yard freestyle (52.15)
Karlee Marsh – 50 yard freestyle (24.93)
Ian Allen – 200 butterfly (1:54.84)
Taylor Bailey – 100 breaststroke (1:05.44)
Christian Bart – 100 breaststroke (57:00)
Kiera Brough – 100 backstroke (58:50), 200 IM (2:07.59)
Colton Phelps – 200 IM (1:54.00)

The swimming and diving teams will continue competition Nov. 1-2 at home as they will face Northwestern and UIC in the Oakland Aquatic Center.

Courtesy: Wayne State Athletics

The 15th-ranked Wayne State University men’s swimming and diving team fell 191-109 to Division I Oakland at the Matthaei Natatorium on Friday.


Junior Ryan Katulski (Novi, Mich.) notched victories in the 50 free (21.26) and in the 100 free (46.97).

Junior Maxwell Wyche (Detroit, Mich. / L’Anse Creuse North) earned first place in the one-meter dive (273.60 points) and third place in the three-meter dive (200.92 points).

Redshirt senior Ahmed Ahmed (Alexandria, Egypt) claimed the top spot in the 200 breast (2:07.68) and the third spot in the 200 free (1:43.51).

Senior Joao Martimbianco Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the runner-up in the 200 fly (1:54.90) and in the 200 IM (1:55.33).  Ribeiro also finished third in the 100 fly (51.93).

Freshman Luka Cvetko (Varazdin, Croatia) placed second in the 200 back with a time of 29.15.

Redshirt sophomore Franz Mueller (Brandenburg, Germany) finished third in the 100 back (52.27).

Senior Leonardo de Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) placed fourth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:48.07.

Freshman Hans Anderson (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) completed the 100 breast in fourth place (1:00.51).

Sophomore Kyle Lovas (Shepherd, Mich. / Alma) completed the 500 free in fourth place (4:55.13).

The Warriors notched a victory in the 200 free relay (1:23.58).  The winning quartet included Katulski as the lead off, sophomore Stewart Nowinski (Macomb, Mich. / L’Anse Creuse North), Mueller, and Cvetko as the anchor.

Wayne State was the runner-up in the 400 medley relay (3:26.36).  The group included Mueller, Ahmed, Ribeiro, and Katulski.

The 12th-ranked Wayne State University women’s swimming and diving team lost 221-78 to Division I Oakland at the Matthaei Natatorium on Friday.

Junior Amanda Hurchalla (Mount Clemens, Mich. / Fraser) notched a victory in the three-meter dive (251.02 points).

Senior Ashlen Michalski (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Eisenhower) finished second in the 100 back (58.76).

Junior Haley Groteler (West Ottawa, Mich.) landed second in the 100 fly (59.39) and third in the 200 fly (2:12.83).

Junior Jia Yi Koh (Subang Jaya, Malaysia) claimed the third spots in the 100 breast (1:06.43) and in the 200 breast (2:25.58).  Koh also placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:11.59).

Senior Mia Teifer (Trenton, Mich. / Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central) finished third in the one-meter dive (223.20 points).

Junior Sophie Montesanti (Howell, Mich.) placed fourth in the 1650 free (18:34.20) and fifth in the 500 free (5:29.61).

Freshman Jordan Fox (Melbourne, Australia) completed the 200 free in fourth place (1:59.38) and the 200 back in second place (2:03.18).

Senior Aliza Durack (West Bloomfield, Mich.) landed in fourth place in the 50 free (25.17).

Freshman Marina Tarlev (Athens, Greece) placed fourth in the 100 free with a time of 54.33.

Wayne State was the runner-up in the 400 medley relay (3:57.00).  The quartet included Michalski as the lead off, Koh, Groteler, and Durack as the anchor.

The Green and Gold also claimed the second spot in the 200 free relay (1:38.65).  The second-place team consisted of Durack, Tarlev, sophomore Julia Brunner (Traverse City, Mich. / St. Francis), and Groteler.

“WSU swam really well against a very strong opponent tonight,” commented head coach Sean Peters.  “I know the score tells one story, but the story that I took from it was that we saw quite a bit of improvement from last week.  The Warriors continue to give it everything they have with training and performances.  Ryan and the gang of sprinters swam a strong meet.  Additionally, I felt that Ahmed Ahmed winning the 200 breaststroke and Joao Martimbianco Ribeiro having strong races overall were very impactful today.

“Some highlight performances tonight were our women backstrokers with Ashlen, Jordan and Maddy, and seeing their improvements.  I also thought Haley Groteler made some big strides as well.”

WSU will travel to Ashland on Friday, Nov. 8th, for a 5:00 p.m. meet.

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