Oakland Nearly Doubling Competition at Summit League; El Sayad Takes 500 Free Record in 4:20

by Ashley Wozny 0

February 22nd, 2013 College, News

Continuing their winning streak from the first night, Oakland University blazed through Day 2 finals.  One more Summit League Record was broken on the Men’s side, and various school records from both the Men’s and Women’s teams were lowered.

Men’s One-Meter Diving

Going into this event, I thought for sure that IUPUI or South Dakota State University or even Western Illinois were going to come out on top.  Not so fast.  Brendan O’Shea of Oakland University showed up in a big way this evening and was able to claim the top spot with a score of 301.00, followed by Mitchell Gauger from IUPUI with 279.80 and finally Brad Schoreit from SDSU with 267.10.

500 Freestyle

First swimming event of the night and the ladies started us off.  Oakland University went 1-2-3 in the order of Vanessza Balogh touching first at 4:53.57, Juliean Stears second at 4:56.04, and Grace Waller third finishing at 5:00.67.  Vanessza’s swim will now rank third in the Summit League All-Time Top 10, and Juliean’s will take fifth place.

On the Men’s side we saw the first broken records of the night: Amr El Sayed of OU took it home in 4:20.91, which broke the previous League Record of 4:22.15.  Second place went to Jordan Merrilees, also from OU, at 4:27.52. Tony Carroll of IUPUI took third place at 4:30.83.  Earlier in the prelims, Tony had lowered the school record from 4:39.41 to 4:35.92; double whammy!  Overall, he was able to cut that record by over 7 seconds.  All three of these times have earned their place in The Summit League’s All-Time Top 10 record book.

200 Individual Medley

The ladies of OU also swept this event with Sandra Czerska at 2:00.97, Karin Tomeckova at 2:01.20, and Emily Ludema at 2:04.50.  These swims afforded Sandra and Karin times to make the NCAA B cut.  Additionally, these three swims will be placed in The Summit League All-Time Top 10.  Also worth mentioning was Mercedez Bray, from IUPUI, who was able to lower her school record to 2:06.34.

The OU Men’s team also went 1-2-3 tonight.  First was Tobias Hansen at 1:47.99, followed by Anders Jensen at 1:48.23, then Mario Rusnak at 1:48.58.  No League or School Records broken in this event, but it did give these three men times that make the NCAA B cut.

50 Freestyle

OU Women also came out on top in this event.  Alllison Bellford, a freshman on the team, finished first at 23.45.  Kyra Rietveld was second at 23.48 and Natalie Renshaw, a freshman at Omaha took third with a 23.57 swim.

Yet another win for the Oakland Men, Matyas Keresztes went 20.39 for first, followed by Grant Harding at 20.49, and Wil Hogue from SDSU at 20.74.

Women’s Three-Meter Diving

The sophomore diver from OU, Tricia Grant, took the top spot in this event scoring 302.20 points and her second League Title.  Megan Chmielewski from the University of South Dakota took second with 234.60, and Olivia Olesiak from SDSU scored third with 229.85 points.

200 Freestyle Relay

Last event of the night and records were broken all over this business.

Allison Bellford, Kyra Rietveld, Karin Tomeckova, and Nikki Flynn, who touched first at 1:32.84, posted a new League Record tonight for OU.  Omaha’s relay team touched second at 1:33.96 for a new School Record.  Finally, IUPUI touched third at 1:35.39 just .13 away from their School Record.

For the men, first place went to Grant Harding, Alex Aceino, Zach Johnson, Matyas Keresztes from OU with a time of 1:21.41.  Second place to Eastern Illinois at 1:23.53, and third to SDSU at 1:23.72 for a new School Record.  All three swims were great, but the real excitement lies in the fourth place finish. IUPUI’s relay team broke the longest standing Men’s School Record with their 1:23.98 swim.  This record had remained untouched since 2001.

Full results including splits: http://www.ougrizzlies.com/livestats/c-swim/index.htm

Women – Team Rankings – After day 2

1. Oakland University 363.5
2. IUPUI Jaguars 198
3. University of Nebraska Omaha 174.5
4. The University of South Dakota 173
5. South Dakota State University 143
6. Eastern Illinois University 101
7. Western Illinois University 72

Men – Team Rankings – After day 2

1. Oakland University 367
2. South Dakota State University 188
2. IUPUI Jaguars 186
4. Eastern Illinois University 164
4. Western Illinois University 145
6. The University of South Dakota 129

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About Ashley Wozny

Unlike most swimmers, Ashley Wozny did not grow up on the pool deck - quite the opposite story!  Despite having taken lessons as a child swimming did not resonate with her. Fast forward to the 2012 Summer Games during which a slight fascination (mostly with jammers and muscles) escalated to …

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