Oakland Hosts Princeton, Eastern Michigan

ROCHESTER, Michigan, November 10. OAKLAND's men's and women's swimming and diving teams were swept in a tri-meet at Lepley Pool this evening. The men fell to Princeton 130-113 and Eastern Michigan 146-97, while the women were bested by the Tigers 145-92 and the Eagles 130.5-106.5. Senior Amanda Burwell (Akron, Ohio) led all Golden Grizzlies with a pair of individual wins, while sophomore Aaron Holdsworth (Wollongong, Australia), junior Zoltan Horvath (Balatonalmadi, Hungary) and sophomore Mike Templeton (Canton, Ohio) each picked up and individual win and a relay win for the men.

The Golden Grizzly men opened the meet with a decisive victory in the 400-yard medley relay, as the combination of Templeton, Horvath, Holdsworth and sophomore Andy Kellogg (Chelsea, Mich.) hit the wall at 3:24.89, five seconds ahead of Princeton's top squad.

Holdsworth was victorious in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:43.11. Later in the meet he placed second in the 200 butterfly when Princeton's Meir Hasbani out-touched him by 0.01 seconds at 1:51.93. Holdsworth's 1:51.94 was his fastest time this season to date.

Kellogg logged a pair of second-place finishes, as he swam season bests in the 50 free (21.33) and the 100 free (46.69). He and junior Chris Tansel (Dundee, Mich.) finished 2-3 in the 100, with Tansel hitting the wall at 46.87.

Templeton shaved nearly two seconds off his previous best time of the year en route to a victory in the 100 backstroke in 1:51.80. Meanwhile Horvath picked up his win in the 200 breaststroke, pacing the field with a 2:04.95.

Freshman Adam Ralph (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) led the OU divers in the 1-meter board, accumulating 270.60 points for a third-place finish, just 1.10 points out of second. Junior Ryan Kish (Rockford, Mich.) and senior John Van Portfleet (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished fourth and fifth respectively, scoring 258.90 and 252.90. In the 3-meter board it was Kish leading the Golden Grizzlies with a score of 262.65, good for third. He was followed by Van Portfleet in fourth (248.60) and Ralph (244.80) in fifth.

Oakland's women placed second in the 400 medley relay, with freshman Sarah Ludema (Zeeland, Mich.), junior Kim Bacon (Bolton, Ontario), freshman Kristen Hamilton (Columbus, Ohio) and junior Riley Rigoli (Grand Haven, Mich.) clocked a 3:57.01.

Sophomore Sophia Gustafsson (Djursholm, Sweden) improved her season-best time in the 1000 free by four seconds, swimming a 10:21.18 en route to a second-place finish.

Junior Rachel Beardsley (Fenton, Mich.) dropped 0.10 off her top time to date in the 50 free, winning the event with a 24.28. Burwell staked her first victory of the day in the next event as she posted a 2:06.59 in the 200 IM. Burwell went on to win her second race of the evening with a 2:07.00 in the 200 backstroke.

Rigoli and Eastern Michigan's Stephanie Cholyk finished the 100 free in a dead heat at 52.72 to place second. The time was Rigoli's best performance this season to date.

Oakland concluded the evening with a second-place showing in the 400 free relay, with Rigoli, Ludema, Beardsley and junior Elaine Shalla (Fenton, Mich.) improving to 3:33.36.

In diving, freshman Missy Butcher (Holland, Mich.) placed fifth in both the 1-meter with a score of 169.90 and the 3-meter with a 169.65.

Three pool records were broken on the women's side. Princeton's Alicia Aemisegger hit the wall at 1:59.57 to win the 200 butterfly, besting the previous mark of 2:00.08 and followed that performance with a 2:15.53 to win the 200 breaststroke, topping the old benchmark of 2:17.13. Meanwhile Eastern Michigan's Becky Renkola compiled a score of 311.15 on the 3-meter board, eclipsing the old mark of 294.00.

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