The Wayne State University men’s swimming and diving team won its sixth GLIAC championship in the last nine years, as the four-day conference meet came to a close Saturday evening.
Wayne State totaled 852 points, finishing with a 124-point lead over second-place Grand Valley State (728). Ashland was a close third (714), followed by Indianapolis (578).
WSU won both the men’s and women’s championships in the same year for the third time (2006, 2007). Sean Peters was named both men’s and women’s GLIAC Coach of the Year, Kevin Galerneau earned GLIAC Men’s Freshman of the Year honors, and Jeff Grant was named Men’s Diver of the Year.
In addition, Andrey Seryy was voted GLIAC Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Year. Seryy won his third individual conference championship of the week in the 100 freestyle and led off the first-place 400 free relay in the final event of the meet. Wayne State’s men’s team totaled nine championships in four days.
Saturday’s finals began with the 1650 freestyle, as Oskar Nordstrand came in fourth (15:55.65), improving his prior NCAA “B” qualifying time. Cameron Weaver and Jordan Papp finished seventh (16:18.06) and eighth (16:18.32), respectively, as both swimmers made “B” cuts. Justin Rauhoff came in 12th (17:17.02).
In the 200 backstroke, Nathan Hesche improved his “B” cut and finished fifth (1:52.13), while Jimmy Lee came in sixth (1:52.43).
Five Warriors scored points in the 200 breaststroke, led by second-place Joaquin Abascal Gallegos (2:02.62). Matt Victor upgraded his “B” cut and finished fourth (2:03.80), Matthew Laschuk placed seventh (2:06.37), and Cameron Weaver finished eighth (2:09.22). In the consolation final, Fares Ksebati took 12th (2:12.23).
Wayne State also made up half the field in the championship final of the 200 butterfly. Improving their “B” times, Galerneau finished third (1:50.51) and Calvin Reder came in fourth (1:52.69). Justin Rauhoff placed sixth (1:55.15) and Ben Dueweke took seventh (1:55.57).
Wrapping up the meet was the 400 free relay of Seryy, Hesche, Victor and Kristian Larsen, who collectively improved WSU’s “B” time (3:02.11).
Several Warriors will compete in the NCAA Championships in March. Wayne State finished third at nationals in 2010.
The Wayne State University women’s swimming and diving team successfully defended its conference title, winning for the fifth time in six years at the GLIAC Championships, which concluded Saturday evening.
Wayne State, which led for the duration of the meet, ended the four-day event with 868 points, finishing with a 132-point lead over second-place Grand Valley State (736). Ashland came in third (419) followed by Findlay (310).
WSU won both the men’s and women’s championships in the same year for the third time (2006, 2007). Sean Peters was named both men’s and women’s GLIAC Coach of the Year, and Kayla Scott garnered GLIAC Women’s Freshman of the Year honors.
The Warriors came away with three individual championships and one relay title Saturday, bringing their total to 10 championships this week.
Catherine Leix, the 500 freestyle champion, won the 1650 free on Saturday. Ana Gonzalez Pena also won her second GLIAC title of 2011, as the 100 breaststroke champion won the 200 breaststroke as well.
Carly Sevald finished in first place in three-meter diving, and the 400 free relay of Carol Azambuja, Ashley Corriveau, Gonzalez Pena and Sara Franklin came in first place in the final event of the meet.
Wayne State collected 93 points in the 1650 freestyle and boasted the top four finishers, led by Leix (17:16.98). Alycen Wiacek came in second (17:27.04), Kelsey Dischler finished third (17:31.69) and Stephanie Ekleberry came in fourth (17:32.55). All three swimmers behind Leix improved their NCAA “B” qualifying times.
Heather Thomson came in seventh and earned a “B” cut (17:53.82), Michelle Adamic placed 10th (18:16.96) and Chelsea Lord placed 11th (18:26.25).
Gonzalez Pena and Scott, who earned a “B” cut, went one-two in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.60; 2:20.60).
Sevald (459.35) was among five Warrior divers who scored well Saturday night. Cassie Chetosky finished fourth (423.40), Paige Kortman took fifth (411.10), Emily Mitzelfeld finished eighth (369.30), and Meghan Jaworski placed 11th (341.50).
The 400 free relay (3:25.45) eclipsed the NCAA “A” standard and set a school record. In addition, Azambuja made a “B” cut and set a school record in the 100 free with her leadoff time of 51.12.
Other strong performances included that of Franklin in the 200 backstroke, as she finished second, made an “A” cut and broke her own school record (2:01.11). Azambuja earned a “B” cut and finished third (2:03.24), while Alex Malfroid came in 11th (2:09.60).
Corriveau came in fourth in the 100 free (52.02), and Christina Busquets Garcia placed 10th with a “B” cut (53.06). Agata Zalewska finished 12th in the 200 butterfly (2:14.69).
Several Warriors will compete in the NCAA Championships in March. Wayne State finished as the national runner-up for the second straight year in 2010.
Senior Kevin Coates (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) took first (15:34.06) and sophomore Brandon Drogemuller (Hollister, Calif./San Benito) was second (15:45.95) in the 1650 freestyle for Lewis during the final day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.
Coates won the 1650 and 1000 in three of his four years at Lewis. Combined with his 500 championship last year, Coates owns a school-record seven GLIAC Championships.
“Kevin is an incredible talent and he certainly developed himself into one of the best GLIAC swimmers of all-time,” head coach Steve Thompson said. “It was fun to see Brandon on the podium with him and I am looking forward to NCAA’s with them.”
Coates’ time was an NCAA A cut. Drogemuller’s second place performance is a spot improved from this third place finish last year. Drogemuller’s time met NCAA B time standards.
Sophomore Orla Power (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose) was sixth in the women’s 1650 freestyle, touching the wall in 17:47.47 for an NCAA B time. Her 1000 free split time was also an NCAA B time.
“Orla put herself back on the podium after a rough season,” Thompson said. “I am proud of her.”
Freshman Sarah Kenis (Herndon, Va./Oakcrest) was eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.94). She had an NCAA B time in the preliminaries of 2:24.70. A pair of seniors scored points for Lewis in the men’s 200 breaststroke. Arty Czarobski (Lansing, Ill./Thorton Fractional South) was 10th with a school record performance of 2:11.41. Luke Pavlakovich (Aurora, Colo./Regis Jesuit) was 16th (2:23.86).
“Arty finished his career the same way he started his GLIAC experience: breaking the team record in the 200 breast,” Thompson said. “I am very happy for Arty because of the commitment to excellence he made this year. He earned it.”
Senior Stephanie Halcomb (Springfield, Mo./Ozark) finished in 14th in the 100 freestyle after a 53.66 performance. Her 53.38 time in the prelims was an NCAA B time. In the men’s 100 freestyle, senior Allan Sliva (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was 14th (47.78) while freshman Derick Carlson (Norridge, Ill./St. Patrick) was a spot behind in 15th (47.89).
Three women scored points in the 200 butterfly. Freshman Caitlyn Scheirer (Washington, Ill./Washington Community) was sixth after a 2:11.88 performance. Senior Allie Henges (Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marion) took 10th (2:11.02) with senior Ruth Bass (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) a spot behind (2:13.15).
“Our seniors have had stellar careers,” Thompson said. “They have had a huge impact on the progress we have made as a program.”
Freshman Dan Chalfant (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) scored points for Lewis with a 15th place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:59.14.)
“Our freshmen really gained a lot of valuable experience this week,” Thompson said. “They distinguished themselves in one of the toughest conferences in Division II.”
The Lewis women tied with Northern Michigan for seventh place with 245 points. The Lewis men were fifth after scoring 266 points.
“Overall, we swam a good meet this weekend and I hope we can build on the positive performances of our season,” Thompson said.
The NCAA Division II Championships are March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas.