Meet of the Week Recap: No. 3 Wayne State Women Dominate No. 11 Ashland, 140-91

By Jason Marsteller

DETROIT, Michigan, February 2. DURING Senior Night at the Matthei Center, the No. 3 Wayne State women scored a convincing 140-91 triumph over No. 11 Ashland in a Meet of the Week in Detroit, Mich. Overall, WSU captured nine out of 13 event titles, not including a technical loss after exhibitioning the 200 free relay. The incredibly fast meet also boasted one automatic qualifying time and eight provisionals.

Ashley St. Andrew paced WSU with a rare triple on the day when she clocked a B cut in the 1000 free, another B cut in the 200 free then won the 500 free with another B cut.

Teammate Elaine Hogle provided the quickest performance of the meet with an A-cut time of 4:32.07 in the 400 IM.

Meanwhile, Megan Dort (200 breast) and Jenny Johnsson (200 back) gave Ashland its only individual wins of the meet.

200 medley relay
Ashland took an 11-6 lead when its contingent of Emily Hilgert, Megan Dort, Brittany Rurode and Ashley Shupe hit the wall first in 1:51.61. Meanwhile, WSU's foursome of Erin Hill, Amber Staudacher, Laura Leix and Jenny Howe picked up second in 1:52.52.

1000 freestyle
Wayne State immediately countered in the distance free with a 1-2-3 sweep to take a 22-14 advantage. Ashley St. Andrew shattered the B-cut standard with a first-place time of 10:25.59, while teammates Melissa Duff (10:50.68) and Maggie Young (10:58.33) took second and third, respectively. Aubree Bailey gave Ashland its best finish with a fourth-place 11:05.17.

200 freestyle
Ashley St. Andrew went back-to-back with another B-cut, this time in the 200 free in 1:55.60 to lead a top-three sweep for WSU. Haintso Rakouth (1:59.00) and Mandy Burton (2:00.96) placed second and third, respectively, for Wayne State en route to a 38-17 lead. Meanwhile, Katie Moga touched fourth in 2:01.53 for Ashland's best effort.

50 freestyle
Wayne State went 1-2 in the sprint free to push its advantage to 51-23. Julie Danaher hit the wall first in 25.07, while teammate Jenny Howe placed second in 25.68. Brittany Rurode rounded out the podium for Ashland in 25.71.

400 IM
Elaine Hogle punched her ticket to NCAAs with a 4:32.07 to win the 400 IM for Wayne State, while Ashland's Jenny Johnsson clocked a B-cut time of 4:36.34 for second place. Wayne State's Laura Leix closed out the top three in 4:55.29 as WSU took a 65-28 lead.

One-meter diving
Wayne State took a 74-32 lead when Venessa Torres (254.26) out-dueled Ashland's Sarah Samment (185.25) in diving.

200 butterfly
WSU snagged two more B cuts with Elaine Hogle clocking a first-place time of 2:08.07 and teammate Laura Leix taking second in 2:11.05. Meanwhile, Ashland's Brittany Rurode finished third in 2:14.88, as her team fell behind 88-37.

100 freestyle
Wayne State posted its fifth B cut of the meet, and sixth total qualifying time when Julie Danaher won her second event in 53.87. Teammate Haintso Rakouth wound up second in 54.90, while Ashley Shupe took third for Ashland in 55.28. At the end of the event, WSU led 101-43.

200 backstroke
Ashland stopped the bleeding when Jenny Johnsson gave her team its second title and second B cut of the evening with a winning time of 2:09.95. WSU's Katie Harrigan (2:12.21) and Erin Hill (2:16.11) closed out the top three with second and third, respectively. WSU remained in the lead, 110-53, after the event.

500 freestyle
WSU's Ashley St. Andrew scored a rare triple with her third win in a B-cut time of 5:08.30. Teammate Melissa Duff took second in 5:22.79, while Ashland's Aubree Bailey placed third in 5:29.22. Wayne State held a 124-58 lead after the event.

Three-meter diving
A 1-2-3 performance in diving gave WSU a huge 140-60 advantage. Erika Barczak (249.46), Katie Rence (229.65) and Venessa Torres (223.89) took first through third, while Sarah Samment finished fourth for Ashland with 193.43 points.

200 breaststroke
With Wayne State exhibitioning the event, Ashland's Megan Dort still touched first in 2:30.23, while teammates Katy Chaney (2:32.85) and Amy Bland (2:33.97) will officially go down with top-three finishes. The event's outcome cut WSU's lead to 140-76.

200 freestyle relay
Ashland's contingent of Ashley Shupe, Jessica Hennick, Emily Hilgert and Jenny Johnsson claimed a technical victory with a time of 1:41.53, as WSU's squad of Katie Harrigan, Julie Danaher, Haintso Rakouth and Elaine Hogle hit the wall first with an exhibition time of 1:39.05. At the end of the meet, Wayne State earned a 140-91 conquest of Ashland.

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