SVSU’s Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center played host to six men’s and six women’s swim and dive teams for the GLIAC championships last weekend, where SVSU’s men’s team came in fifth and women in fourth.
Heading into the meet, head coach Bruce Zimmerman said each meet this season acted as a “stepping stone” to the GLIAC.
“The goal we had at each meet was to see improvements,” he said, “whether it be in the times posted or the technical aspects of each performance.”
Both SVSU teams were in last place after the women scored 49 points, and the men scored 42. Junior diver Libby Caird scored a 403.95 during her three-meter dive, which placed her in seventh. Sophomore Sydney Shipps finished 15th in the 1,000-meter freestyle B-finals with a time of 10:42:80. Fellow sophomore Pedro Rezende finished his 1,000-meter freestyle in 9:37:86 to claim 11th place in his B-final.
At the end of the second day, the men moved into fifth place with 146 points, while the women remained in last with 119 points.
Shipps competed in the 200-freestyle and earned five points for her time of 1:54:72.
Sophomores Erin McDowell and Emma Cornell competed with junior Kimble Darbee and freshman Lissette Fenneuff in the 400-yard medley relay, posting a time of 3:57:14. This netted 28 points for the Cardinals.
Following the action on Feb. 21, the men’s team held onto fifth place by reaching 212 points. The 189 points for the women was still the lowest score of the GLIAC teams.
Caird took second place in the one-meter five after scoring 417.25. Cornell and Fenneuff took 11th and 15th, respectively, for the Cardinals in the 100-meter backstroke.
In the final standings for the GLIAC, the men’s team came in fifth with 593.6 points, and the women’s side reached fourth place with 580.2 points.
The men’s and women’s each earned one silver medal during the four-day event.
Three SVSU divers qualified for the NCAA Championship Qualifying competition, which will determine if they move into the NCAA championships.
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