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SVSU places second, diver sets new school record

SVSU’s swim and dive teams faced Davenport and Hope College at the KPS Aquatic Center in a three team meet Jan. 25.

Davenport did not compete in the men’s events as SVSU fell to Hope College 147-146.

For the women’s events, SVSU was able to defeat Hope College 154-130 but fell to Davenport 199-96.

Sophomores Tyler Overmyer and Evan Lindquist, freshman Juan-Luke Hamilton and junior Kyle Amick finished second in the men’s 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37:49, two seconds behind first place.

Overmyer and junior Mason Hooker came in first and second place, respectively, in the men’s 100-yard backstroke, finishing with times of 54:32 and 54:46.

Overmyer added another first place finish in the men’s 200-yard backstroke.

Hamilton added a first-place finish in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke and men’s 200-yard breaststroke.

Lindquist came in first place in the men’s 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly, while Amick was able to earn first place in the men’s 50-yard freestyle.

Head coach Bruce Zimmerman said he was encouraged by the team’s results.

“We had some outstanding performances,” Zimmerman said. “Swimmers were kind of up and down, and our divers performed extremely well.”

Diving coach Joseph Gucwa III was impressed by the SVSU divers at the meet.

“There were six personal records set in the diving events,” Gucwa said.

For the women’s side, there were several strong performances in both swimming and diving events.

Freshman Chelsea Fenton secured a first-place finish in the women’s 1000yard freestyle, while adding a fourth place finish in the women’s 200-yard butterfly.

Junior diver Libby Caird won both the women’s 1-meter and 3-meter dives, with junior Megan Lafollette finishing in fourth and third in the events, respectively.

Caird also set the SVSU record in the 3-meter dive event with a score of 284.1 points.

Junior Kimble Darbee was able to add multiple top five finishes to SVSU’s total, which was good enough to earn the women’s team second place during the meet.

This was the final meet for the swim and dive teams before the GLIAC championship meet Feb. 19 through Feb. 22 at SVSU’s Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.

Denver Milam

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