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GVSU's Harry Shalamon swims his way to first individual national championship

 Grand Valley State took to the 2019 NCAA DII Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis from March 13 to 16, where junior Harry Shalamon swam in the 200 back race with the time of 1:42.46, earning his first individual national championship title. Shalamon’s hard work paid off that Saturday when he broke his previous 2018 NCAA DII record of 1:44.73 in the 200 back. Through increasing his weight training, focusing on his endurance and working with the freestyle team, he was able to shave off two point twenty-seven seconds off of his time. 

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GVSU basketball falls in first round of NCAA tournament to Lewis

The clock has struck twelve on the Cinderella season for the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team, as their thrilling journey to the NCAA Tournament last weekend has ended in defeat. The Lakers fell to the Lewis Flyers 65-63 on Saturday, March 16. The Lakers were minutes away from upsetting the hosts of the tournament, keeping the lead for more than 26 minutes in one of the most complete games they’ve played all season.

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Laker softball improves to 14-2

After going 44-9 and 24-2 in conference last season, the GVSU softball team has picked right back up where they left off a year ago. The Lakers have opened up the season 14-2 and have gone 11-1 over their last 12 games. This is due in large part to dominant pitching by senior Allison Lipovsky and sophomore Hannah Beatus. In 16 combined starts (eight each) so far this season, Lipovsky and Beatus have thrown for 16 complete games, eight shutouts, 124 strikeouts and own a combined earned run average of 0.79.

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GVSU baseball making strides despite pedestrian record

The GVSU baseball team is currently about to round out an 11-game stretch down in Kissimmee, Fla. at the Russmatt Invitational. Nine games in, the Lakers have gone 5-4 with their most loss coming against reigning DII champion Augustana by a score of 6-2. GVSU head coach Jamie Detillion said he felt like the season so far had been an appropriate sum of their record.

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The Freaky-Geeky Five

The group has split up across six different nets, but two groups stand out among the rest. In front of me shoot a trio of junior roommates: guard Jenn DeBoer, forward Maddie Dailey and center Cassidy Boensch. To my right are a pair of guard who also happen to live together in junior Victoria Hedemark and senior Natalie Koenig. Both nets house a “swish” every few seconds as shots drop with regularity. 

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Grand Valley State Swim and Dive team compete against teammates at October 7, 2017 swimmeet.  GVL/ Archive

GVSU swimming & diving sweeps 2019 GLIAC Championships

There are few certainties in life outside of death, taxes and the Grand Valley State swimming & diving program being dominant. GVSU continued their winning ways this weekend, as both the men's and women's teams took team titles Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Busbey Natatorium at Cleveland State University. The men's team earned their fifth consecutive team title with a 853.5 point performance on Saturday, which is a string of team titles that is longest in GLIAC Swimming & Diving since 1997. The women's team also claimed the team title, earning 944.5 points on their way to winning their second team crown in three years.

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Track and field students. Track and field meet. Kelly Field house. Friday, 2/8/19. Athletic training. GVL / Ben Hunt

GVSU Tune-Up Meet honors senior class and prepares team for championship season

The 28 seniors of the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed for the last time inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Friday, Feb. 16 in the GVSU Tune-Up Meet.  During their four years repping Laker blue, the heralded senior class earned 32 All-American honors, 61 GLIAC Championships, eight NCAA Regional Championships, three individual and team national titles, and more than 100 academic awards. 

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