After claiming victory over Alma and Ka- lamazoo at the first meet of the season, the SVSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams looked ahead to facing Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale on Friday, Oct. 22.
SVSU was able to claim the first-place spot in five out of 27 events.
For the women, senior Libby Caird won the 1-meter dive with 255.82 points along with the 3-meter dive with a score of 276.82. With these events, Caird qualified for the NCAA Division ll National Championships.
Also for the women, freshman Flora Mia Szklenar took the 200-yard butterfly event with a time of 2:11:87.
In the men’s events, freshman Matteo Capotosti won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43:27.
Both teams fell to their opponents. GVSU won in the women’s division, 159-84, with the men being defeated by a score of 188-55.
The following day, the teams attended their first home meet of the season against Findlay.
Capotosti was once again able to claim victory for the men, this time in several events. He won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.97 and the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:46.74.
In a close call, Capotosti’s second place time of 4:11.37 in the 400-yard individual medley was just three seconds from beating the school record.
Junior Alejandro Robles Ruiz also came close to breaking another school record, coming just .7 seconds shy of the feat win- ning the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:41:76.
Sophomore Adrien McGill took first in the men’s 1-meter and 3-meter diving events with 237.40 and 255.30 points, respectively.
Several members of the women’s team were also able to recreate their success from Friday.
Caird once again won in the women’s diving events taking the 1-meter event with 249.05 points and the 3-meter with 259.15 points.
Szklenar won at home in three separate events. She won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.97, the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:57.23 and the 400-yard individual medley event with a time of 4:47.33.
Also for the women, senior Emma Cornell took the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday with a time of 25.05 and senior Tonya Guryeva won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.80.
Ultimately, the SVSU men’s team was nar- rowly defeated by the Oilers, 120-117, while the women were able to solidify the win over Findlay, 128-113.
Next up, the Cardinals take on Northern Michigan University at home on Saturday Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.