GVSU swim and dive teams sweep weekend
The Laker men and women posted dominating wins over Lewis, Calvin and Hillsdale
The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took down the Lewis Flyers Friday, Oct. 21, and then Saturday, Oct. 22, the women attended a tri-squad meet against Calvin and Hillsdale, while the men took on only Calvin.
Friday, the Laker men won 139-91, and the women brought home the win 180-51.
Saturday, the men’s team won 225-74, and the women took the win 211.5-85.5.
The women started off Friday with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay with their GVSU A-team of Meghan Falconer, Emily Gallagher, Emily Toro and Jenn Priebe touching first (1:49.64), and the GVSU B team of Kaitlin Cassell, Rachel Skoog, Mercedes Martinez and Sidney Weaver coming second (1:53.41).
Saturday in the 200-yard medley relay, the Laker women took first over Hillsdale and Calvin with their GVSU A-team consisting of Meghan Falconer, Emily Gallagher, Hannah Richard and Jenn Priebe (1:48.17).
Melina Goebel also has had a very successful past couple of weeks. On Friday, she took two first place finishes and a second place. The two first place finishes came from the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.41) and the 200-yard freestyle relay with the GVSU A-team (1:40.04). The second-place finish came from the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.83).
Saturday, Goebel put in a quality outing again finishing first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.11), first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:12.20) and second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.78).
Goebel was content with her performance at Friday's meet.
“It was good,” Goebel said. “I didn’t swim my personal best, but it was good. I want to make the nationals.”
Emily Gallagher had a very productive day on Friday, as well as Saturday. Friday, she finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.02) and first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.15).
Saturday, Gallagher finished first in the 200-yard medley relay with the GVSU A-team (1:48.17), second in the 100-yard breaststroke and first in the 100-yard breaststroke (2:25.64).
The Lakers took another one-two finish Friday in the next event, the 1,000-yard freestyle. Leonie Van Noort (10:29.61) touched first a whole 31 seconds before the second-place finisher, GVSU’s Julia Suriano (11:00.18).
Van Noort also finished second (54.51) in the 100-yard freestyle behind GVSU’s Sam Postmus (53.94), and touched first as part of the GVSU A-team in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.04).
Saturday, Van Noort finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.94), first in the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.94) and first in the 400-yard freestyle relay as part of the GVSU A-team (3:38.83).
Postmus also had a successful day finishing first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.95), as well as first in the 100-yard freestyle.
Against Calvin and Hillsdale, Postmus finished third in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:45.70), second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.43) and first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.45).
“In the 200 meter (individual medley) I kind of maintained the same just because we did have two meets in a row,” Postmus said. “It is very hard coming off last night into today, but we came out strong.”
In diving, Kayla Marquardt finished first on the one-meter board (267.21), with Mikayla Karasek claiming second on the one-meter (249.59). Karasek also took first on the three-meter board (249.22).
Saturday, Marquardt took second place in the three-meter board (243.45) and first in the one-meter board (261.30). Jessie Adams claimed third place in the one-meter board (242.45).
As for the men, Danny Abbott had a successful two days also. Abbott finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.61), first in the 100-yard freestyle (46.98) and first in the 200-yard freestyle relay as part of the GVSU A-team (1:24.84).
Saturday, Abbott finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.00), and the 100-yard freestyle (45.69). He also took first in the 400-yard freestyle relay as part of the GVSU A-team (3:07.69).
Friday, Marius Mikalauskas finished first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:35.35), first in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.67) and touched second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.65).
Come Saturday, Mikalauskas finished first in the 200-yard medley relay as part of the GVSU A-team (1:32.90), first in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.50) and first in the 100-yard butterfly (51.97).
Harry Shalamon also posted some quality times Friday, finishing first in the 200-yard medley relay with the GVSU A-team (1:35.35), first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.83) and first in the 100-yard backstroke (52.92).
Grant Borregard was able to finish first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.62), fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (55.15) and third in the 200-yard medley relay as part of the GVSU B-team.
National champion diver Brad Dalrymple took first in the three-meter board (326.25). Jared Gregory took second in the 3-meter board (273.38) and first in the one-meter board (306.38).
Saturday, Dalrymple took first in the one-meter dive (300.20) and tied for first in the three-meter dive with fellow GVSU diver Alex Miller (324.60).
In regards to Saturday’s competition, GVSU coach Andy Boyce had some words of commendation for his swimmers.
“We had some great performances today,” Boyce said. “Emily Gallagher had a great breaststroke and Danny Abbott was posting fast times. It’s nice to see fast times being posted this early in the season.”
The Lakers will take on Northern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State in a tri-squad meet in Marquette, Michigan Saturday, Oct. 29.