YPSILANTI, Michigan, November 9. THE Wayne State University men's swimming and diving team came in second place out of four teams while the women placed third out of four at the Calvin College Invitational in Eastern Michigan's Jones Natatorium.
On the men's side, Denison University won the meet with 665 points, followed by Wayne State (521.50), Olivet College (415), and Calvin (218.50). For the women, Denison claimed first with 613 points and Calvin was second with 549. Wayne State (504) and Olivet College (213) rounded out the top four.
A.J. Erard (Troy, Mich./Royal Oak Shrine) won two events, and diver Cayce Bolt (Sterling Hts., Mich./Warren Mott) made his bid to go to nationals with a first-place score of 282.45 in the one-meter competition. Bolt also won the three-meter event (258.00).
Wayne State was off to a hot start after winning the first event, as the 400 medley relay team of Cauli Bedran (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), Per Bergstrom (Fagersta, Sweden), Sean Smith (Auburn, Mich./Bay City Western), and Tim Giblin (Midland, Mich./Dow) posted a first-place time of 3:33.87.
James Ekleberry (Rochester Hills, Mich./Avondale) and Matt Leix (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) finished fourth in their respective events, the 1000 free (10:13.72) and 200 free (1:47.80). Bedran and Tiago Oliveira (Raul Soares, Brazil) came in third (22.08) and fourth (22.13) in the 50 free.
Erard won the 200 individual medley (1:58.33) with Smith finishing third (2:01.11), while Smith and Brett Salogar (Bay City, Mich./Western) went one-two in the 200 butterfly with respective times of 1:56.17 and 1:57.99. Smith's 200 fly time also matched the NCAA "B" qualifying standard.
Oliveira finished second in the 100 free (48.72) as did Leix in the 200 backstroke (2:00.98). Erard won the 200 breaststroke (2:13.60) and the 400 free relay squad of Bedran, Giblin, Bergstrom, and Oliveira came in second (3:12.13).
In the women's meet, the Warriors had five times eclipse the NCAA "B" qualifying standards, while diver Erika Barczak (Williamston, Mich.) will go to nationals for the fourth time in her career, qualifying with a second-place score of 260.55 in the three-meter competition and a first-place one-meter score of 253.27.
Ashley St. Andrew (Grand Rapids, Mich./Jenison) and Natalia Buso (Sao Paulo, Brazil) went one-two in the 1000 freestyle and made NCAA "B" cuts with respective times of 10:34.16 and 10:34.50. Catherine Leix (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) and St. Andrew (5:12.39) also took the top two spots in the 500 free, with Leix's time (5:10.77) coming in under the NCAA "B" standard.
Leix achieved another "B" cut in the 200 free, winning in a time of 1:56.66, as did Elaina Hogle (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) in her 200 individual medley win (2:10.73). Hogle also won the 200 butterfly (2:06.41), besting her previous season-high and "A" cut.
Wayne State's foursome of Julie Danaher (Allen Park, Mich.), Haintso Rakouth (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage), Agata Zalewska (Swietochlowice, Poland), and Hogle came in second place in the 400 freestyle relay (3:40.80).
WSU will head to Lewis next Saturday, Nov. 17, for a dual meet starting at 11:00 a.m.
Special thanks to Wayne State for contributing this report.