Swim and dive has strong first meet at Grand Valley

The SVSU Swim and Dive team had their first meet of the 2020-2021 season on Jan. 23.

The team went up against Hope College and Grand Valley State University at Hol- land Aquatic Center.

Although this was the first meet of the season, the team consistently placed in the top five of every event of the day.

Men’s 50 Yard Freestyle freshman Josh- ua Hamilton took first place with a time of 21.48 seconds.

Junior Kyle Amick came in second with a time of 21.64 seconds.

In the Men’s 100 Yard Breaststroke, sophomore Christian Rottier finished with a time of 55.9 seconds, earning him first place.

In the women’s 3-meter dive, senior Lib- by Caird took the second-place spot after earning 249.40 points.

Sophomore Adelaide Spencer scored 186.45 points, putting her in sixth place for the event.

Throughout the day, SVSU’s relay event participants had some of the team’s top performances.

In the Women’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, freshman Lydia Ely, freshman Olivia Cas- sise, junior Sidney Shipps and sophomore Kiersten Stoddard took third place with a time of 1:44.39 for the ‘A’ team.

Senior Sarah Thompson, sophomore Chelsea Fenton, freshman Zoe France and Cameron Mathews, took fifth place in the event with a time of 1:46.43 for the ‘B’ team.

In the Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, senior Kyle Amick, junior Evan Lindquist, senior Sanders Modglin and junior Ryan Langdon took first place after finishing with a time of 1:26.86 for the ‘A’ team.

In the same event, junior Tyle Irving, ju- nior William Ely, senior Matthew VanCop- penolle and freshman Elliott Mateyak took fifth place with a time of 1:31.40 for the ‘B’ team.

Head coach Jason Lintjer said he was pleased with his team’s performance during the meet.

“I was really impressed with how we performed today,” Lintjer said. “We went into the meet with a great attitude and had some awesome results. This team has faced a lot of adversity and I’m very proud with the level of perseverance.”

SVSU will host Davenport University in the team’s first home event of the year at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.

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