CLEVELAND, Jan. 13. TOP competition is one necessity needed to take a program to the next level and Delta State University continued it climb, taking on
Texas Christian and Louisiana Monroe on Saturday. TCU and ULM became the third and fourth NCAA Division I programs to visit Delta State University’s new Aquatic Center in less than a month.
The Horned Frogs men and women each captured seven of 13 events in their respective meets. TCU's men defeated the Statesmen 65-47 and Louisiana-Monroe 79-23, while the women won 69-39 over the Lady Statesmen
and 69-41 versus ULM.
Delta State did capture wins over Louisiana-Monroe for the second consecutive year. The Statesmen were 86-22 winners while the Lady Statesmen narrowly escaped with a 55-54 victory.
The DSU 200 medley relay team of Justin Whitaker, Onurken Gevensel, John Deville and Ryan Rogers touched the wall at 1:35.35 just ahead of TCU’s 1:35.66.
Justin Whitaker won the 100 yard freestyle with a top ten time of 46.89. Ashley Droke’s 5:18.53 captured first in the women’s 500 freestyle, finishing just ahead of ULM’s Maria Guerra’s 5:18.89.
Onurken Guvensel won the men’s 200 breaststroke with time of 2:11.23.
David Young, Whitaker, Brian Shaw and Rogers teamed to win the men’s 400 freestyle relay, swimming a time of 3:15.55.
Nilay Aydin, Droke, Allyn Meador, and Shelley Baker posted a 3:48.31 to win the women’s 400 freestyle relay.
A couple of narrow second place finishes could have made the meet much tighter. Meador’s 25.53 was edged out by TCU’s Maria Schenke’s 24.95 in the 50 freestyle.
Ryan Rogers swam a 25.93 but was unfortunately behind TCU’s Aaron Ewert’s 24.95 in the men’s 50 freestyle.
Other second place finishes for DSU included Kristen Demoruelle in 200 breaststroke (2:36.42) and Jared Woodford in the 1000 freestle (9:48.31).
Patrick Krebs scored 238.30 points to finished third in the 1-meter diving behind TCU’s Chad Hummel with 288.90. Krebs also finished third in the three-meter diving with 236.60 points. Stephen Gebren (301.80)
and Hummel (296.45) of TCU were first and second respectively.
On Friday night the three teams swam a relay exhibition meet. TCU captured 17 of 19 events, losing only the men and women’s 400 medley relays. DSU’s Baker, Meador, Aydin and Demoruelle won the women’s
400 medley relay with a 3:53.39. The Horned Frogs' 200 freestyle relay set a new pool record with a 1:37.98.
TCU’s Erin Irons lead leg in the relay also set a new pool record for the 50 freestyle with a time of
Rhodes College, Spring Hill College, Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock invade the DSU Aquatic Center for a duel meet on Saturday at 1 p.m.