ROCHESTER, Michigan, January 11. SANDRA Czerska won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events and touched the wall first in the 200 IM as the Oakland women's swimming and diving team won their first dual meet of 2013 over Akron 171-122 Friday afternoon in the OU Aquatic Center.
“I thought we competed well as you never know what to expect after training camp,” said head coach Pete Hovland. “We had a number of girls swim well, top to bottom, so I think we are off to a good start as they are all training hard and focused as we look to finish out 2013 in good fashion.”
Czerska won the 100 and 200 fly with times of 56.50 and 2:04.88 respectively while winning the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.18. She was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay with Karin Tomeckova, Alyssa Busch and Allison Bellford with a time of 1:45.99.
Tricia Grant won both diving events with a season-best score of 300.60 on the 3-meter board and a score of 297.97 on the 1-meter board. Vanessza Balogh won the 1000 and 500 freestyle events with times of 10:18.82 and 5:03.98, while Tomeckova swept the backstroke events with a time of 56.79 in the 100 back and 2:02.44 in the 200 back.
Nikki Flynn was a multiple event winner as she won the 200 free with a 1:55.42 and finished first in the 100 free with a time of 53.16. Bellford captured the 50 free with a time 24.17.
Both Oakland swimming and diving teams will be in action tomorrow as they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Cleveland State and Xavier in a tri-meet at Robert F. Busbey Natatorium starting at 1 p.m. The Oakland men are ranked fourth in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll while CSU is ranked 11th in the latest ranking.
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