SVSU swim teams compete in GLIAC championships

The SVSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began competing in the four-day GLIAC Championships on Feb. 4 at home in the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.

The first day of competition brought many highlights including several school records broken.

For the men, sophomore Adrien McGill continued what has been a stellar performance this season, earning the title of GLIAC champion in the one meter diving finals with 450.45 points. Freshman Corbin Montpas also placed in the event, coming in sixth with 385.70 points.

Seniors Kyle Amick and Sanders Modglin teamed up with juniors Josh Rottier and Alejandro Robles Ruiz in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in fifth and setting a new school record with a time of 1:21.68.

Robles Ruiz and Josh Rottier also teamed with junior Christian Rottier and senior Pedro Rezende for the 200-yard medley relay, ending with a time of 1:29.30 to place fifth, setting another school record.

Amick found individual success in the 50-yard freestyle event, taking 13th with a time of 21.26 seconds.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle event, freshman Matteo Capotosti took ninth with a time of 9:40.03.

For the women, seniors Tonya Guryeva, Emma Cornell and Sidney Shipps along with freshman Piper St. Clair set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning third place with a time of 1:35.26.

Cornell also teamed up with senior Erin McDowell, junior Lisette Fenneuff and freshman Flora Mia Szklenar in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing fourth with a time of 1:46.52.

Guryeva won the B-Finals in the 50-yard freestyle event, earning ninth overall in 23.92 seconds, a time considered an NCAA Dll B-Standard.

In the 1000-yard freestyle event, Shipps came in sixth with a time of 10:33.30. Freshman Lucy Engle-Wilkerson placed 10th with a time of 10:38.80, and freshman Ava Frick placed 16th with a time of 10:45.92.

Senior Kimble Darbee placed 14th in the 200-yard individual medley event with a time of 2:12.14. Freshman Grace Charnstrom also placed, earning 15th with a time of 2:13.91.

The teams ended day one with the men in fifth place out of seven with 110 points overall and the women in fourth place out of five with 101 points.

Coming into day two of competition for the men, Robles Ruiz earned third place in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 48.04 seconds to set another school record.

Freshman Logan Fox placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.84.

In the 400-yard individual medley, Capotosti placed 12th with a time of 4:05.98.

In the 100-meter butterfly finals, freshman Joao Pedro Noguera came in 13th with a time of 51.10 seconds with Amick not far behind at 51.95 seconds placing 16th.

Freshman Eric Slabbert also set a new school record during the 200-yard individual medley time trial, finishing with a time of 1:52.35.

For the women, senior Libby Caird came in second in the three meter diving event with 462.50 points.

Cornell, Guryeva and St. Clair joined senior Cameron Matthews to earn third place in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:47.75.

In the 200-yard freestyle event, Guryeva placed eighth in the A-Final in 1:55.21. Shipps placed 11th overall and third in the B-Final with a time of 1:54.50 while St. Clair placed 16th in 1:55.97.

In the 100-yard butterfly event, Szklenar placed 10th overall coming in second in the B-Final with a time of 57.53 while Darbee placed 14th overall with a time of 58.83 seconds.

At the end of day two, the men remained at fifth place overall out of seven with 141.5 points while the women fell to last place overall with 178 points.

With the competition continuing through today, the Cardinals still have a chance to raise their overall GLIAC standings for the season.

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