SVSU falls to Wayne State despite strong performances

Women line up on the starting block for the 400-yard medley relay during the Jan. 10 meet against Wayne State. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s swim and dive teams came up short during their Jan. 10 home meet against Wayne State University.

The men’s team lost 189-79 against eighth-ranked Wayne State. The women’s team, ranked 25th, fell 156-133 to the 14th-ranked Warriors.

For the women, sophomore Sydney Shipps totaled three first-place finishes, for the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Head coach Bruce Zimmerman said he was encouraged by Shipps’ performance.

“Even though we were not victorious, Sydney Shipps had a standout meet, winning three individual events,” he said.

Senior Amanda Thielen added a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, while senior Lydia Mattar placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Thielen, Mattar, junior Kimble Darbee and senior Taylor Grashuis finished the 200-yard medley relay in second place with a time of 1:52:07.

Grashuis also had a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Darbee added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and third-place in the 100-yard butterfly.

Junior Elizabeth Caird had a top-three finish in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive to round out the day for the women.

On the men’s side, seniors Peter Lin, Nick Berens and Dylan Kopacki each added multiple top-four finishes in various events.

Lin finished third in the 1000-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle. Berens placed second in the 100yard backstroke and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke. Kopacki added a fourth-place finish in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

Sophomore Pedro Rezende finished second in the 1000-yard freestyle and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle.

The men’s team earned a sweep in the 200-yard freestyle relay, taking each of the first four placing positions. Seniors Michael Spears, Drew Hinckley, Sanders Modglin and Kopacki took first place in the event.

Berens, along with sophomores Zachary Rychel, Ryan Langdon and Cameron Whitfield, came in second for the event. Zimmerman is already looking ahead to the GLIAC Championships.

“The team is 40 days away from our conference championship meet,” he said. “Everything we do moving forward is designed to have all of our swimmers and divers at their best for the GLIAC Championships in mid-February.”

SVSU finishes off its regular season Sunday, Jan. 19, against Ashland and Hillsdale at Hillsdale College.


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