The Cardinal swim and dive teams competed at Cleveland State University in the GLIAC championships beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and going through the weekend, with the last day of competition being Saturday, Feb. 23.
The Last Chance Qualifying Meet, where the Cardinals had a chance to gain a bid into the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championships, was set for the following day, Sunday, Feb. 24, but concluded after The Valley Vanguard went to press.
After Wednesday, the Cardinal women sat in fourth place. Freshman Sydney Shipps tallied 16 points for the Cardinals, claiming third place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:19.51. Senior Alexandra Davis scored 15 points in the same event, coming in fourth with a time of 10:22.62.
Senior Lydia Mattar swam the 200 IM in 2:09.40, good enough for an eighth-place finish and 11 points. Mattar also helped the 200 medley relay team to a fourth-place finish, teaming up with seniors Amanda Thielen and Taylor Grashuis and sophomore Kimble Darbee for a time of 1:46.68.
The men sat in sixth place at the end of the day. Sophomore Justin Ott finished third in the 3-meter dive, racking up 16 points. Freshman Pedro Rezende, junior Jayden Hutchinson and senior Peter Lin added seven points collectively in the 1,000-yard freestyle, taking 13th, 15th and 16th place, respectively.
On Thursday, the women maintained their fourth-place standing. Shipps and Davis took fourth and fifth in the 200 freestyle event with times of 1:52.51 and 1:52.72, respectively.
Thielen, Darbee, Mattar and Shipps claimed fourth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:54.11, earning 30 points for the effort.
Sophomore Elizabeth Caird took sixth in the 1-meter dive event, gaining 13 points for the Cardinals.
The men also held their spot, ending Thursday in sixth place. In the 100 butterfly event, sophomore Mason Hooker earned 12 points with his seventh place finish with a time of 49.37 seconds. Senior teammate Dylan Kopacki finished one place behind with a time of 50.06 seconds and 11 points.
The women remained in fourth place after the Friday events. Davis finished third in the 500 freestyle, earning 16 points with her time of 5:00.49.
Thielen took sixth in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 56.39 seconds and netting 13 for the Cardinals. In the same event, freshman Erin McDowell took 11th with a time of 58.34 seconds, collecting six points for the team.
Thielen, McDowell, Shipps and Davis finished third in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:43.67, earning 32 points.
The men remained in sixth after the third day. Ott took second in the 1-meter diving event, getting 17 points for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals took fifth in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:56.30. Hooker and Hutchinson teamed with senior Nick Berens and freshman Zachary Rychel to collect 28 points.
Saturday ended with the women finishing in fourth place with a total of 383 points, while the men finished in sixth with 220 points.
Reported by Thomas Gallagher, Vanguard Reporter
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