Courtesy: Oakland Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Oakland women’s swimming and diving team cruised past Eastern Michigan, 182-118 for its second-straight win of the season Friday night from the Oakland Aquatic Center.
Oakland tallied 12 first place finishes on the night, en route to its first win over Eastern Michigan in seven meetings, since the 2011-12 season.
Susan LaGrand continued her dominant presence for the Golden Grizzlies going a perfect four-of-four in first place finishes in the 400 medley (3:48.79), 100 back (55.16), 200 back (1:59.27) and 200 IM (2:04.36).
Freshman Ronja Riihinen had a solid performance on the night, also going four-of-four in first place finishes. Riihnen earned the topped spot in the 400 medley relay (3:48.79), 50 Free (23.87), 100 Free (52.16) and the 200 free relay (1:35.71).
In the breaststroke events, Taylor Bailey touched the wall first in the 100 (1:03.87) and 200 (2:17.63). The junior also placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:09.70) and second in the 400 medley relay (3:52.40).
Emily Aycock was another steady force for the Golden Grizzlies, tallying three first place finishes. The sophomore recorded top times in the 1000 free (10:26.17), 200 free (1:54.77), and 500 free (5:06.24).
In diving, Bernie Turchi lead the Golden Grizzlies in the 3 meter (288.15) placing second, and tallied a 262.64 in the 1 meter competition, good for fifth.
Both the men and women will be back in the pool competing next weekend as the Golden Grizzlies welcome Wayne State to the Oakland Aquatic Center Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Saturday’s meet will be broadcast on ESPN+/3.
Courtesy: EMU Athletics
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University swimming and diving team fell to Oakland University, 182-118, at the Oakland Aquatic Center, Feb. 5. The meet marked the end of Eastern’s non-conference schedule for the 2020-21 season.
Diving highlighted the evening for EMU, led by reigning Mid-American Conference Diver of the Week, senior Bethany Berger (Batavia, Ohio-Glen Este), and sophomore Keira Veltigian (Oxford, Mich.-Oxford). Berger won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events, recording scores of 288.75 and a season-best 302.93, respectively. Veltigian had a career-day on the springboard, posting career-best marks in 1-meter (286.65) and 3-meter (283.35), both of which are also NCAA Zone C qualifying marks for the sophomore.
Freshman Camryn Hughes (London, Ontario-Sir Frederick Banting Secondary) also notched her first-career NCAA Zone C cut, scoring 269.40 in 1-meter, while senior Micaela Schempf (Bowling Green, Ohio-Bowling Green) had a season-best showing of 280.27 in the event.
Eastern added two wins on the swimming side, beginning with senior Riley Hofmann‘s (Ada, Mich.-Forest Hills Central) first-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:06.35. Classmate Ali Staver (Bettendorf, Iowa-Pleasant Valley) recorded a season-best swim of 57.16 to take the top spot in the 100 butterfly.
The meet also saw six Eagles notch season-best times. Senior Avrie Stewart (Menominee, Mich.-Menominee) (2:05.46) and Staver (2:06.76) set new season standards in the 200 backstroke, while senior Kaitlynd Scanlan (Waukesha, Wis.-Pewaukee) finished the 500 free in 5:13.74 to mark a season-best. Senior Abby Rapien (Cincinnati, Ohio-Taylor) swam 1:56.10 in the 200 free, followed by classmates Hofmann and Carlee Jones (Edgewood, Ky.-Notre Dame Academy) finishing the 200 IM in 2:08.15 and 2:12.72, respectively, to round out the season-best showings for EMU.
Eastern’s diving squad returns to the pool Thursday, Feb. 18, at the University at Buffalo Diving Invite, while swimming will return to action Feb. 26 at the EMU Last Chance Meet at Jones Natatorium. Start times for those meets will be released as the events near.
To stay updated on all things swim and dive, continue to check EMUEagles.com, or follow the team on Twitter, @EMUSwimDive.
Eastern Michigan at Oakland Results
Feb. 5, 2021 | Oakland Aquatic Center
400 Medley Relay
3. Eastern Michigan A – 3:53.21
Bell, Machado, Staver, Staffeldt
5. Eastern Michigan B – 3:57.10
Stewart, Wenger, White, Whipple
200 Freestyle Relay
2. Eastern Michigan A – 1:37.37
Staffeldt, Bell, Whipple, Hudson