ROCHESTER, Michigan, October 30. FRESHMAN Vanessza Balogh swam 10:06.82 to break the school record in the 1000-yard freestyle and senior Marcin Unold won two events as the Oakland University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team beat Wayne State twice, Saturday afternoon at the OU Aquatic Center.
The men (1-2) won 173-118 while the women (2-1) were victorious by a score of 196-95.
“Anytime you win, you have to feel good about it,” said head coach Pete Hovland. “I challenged the girls to have another strong day as they had the night before with Akron. This is getting them ready for conference where we have six sessions over three days. We were pleased with the effort. Wayne State is traditionally a very strong program. A win over them is a good win.”
For the women, Balogh just dipped under the school record of 10:07.74 set by Danielle Ward in 2001. She would also win the 200 backstroke (2:23.49), the third straight meet that she has won at least two events.
“Obviously I’m happy with breaking the record,” said Balogh. “I see her name (Danielle Ward) on the record board a lot so it’s special to beat one of her marks. I wasn’t expected it but I’m happy with it.”
Juniors Johanna Gustafsson and Alyssa Vela were double-winners with Gustafsson winning the 50 and 100 freestyle events (24.78, 53.56, respectively) and Vela taking the 200 and 500 free events (1:56.24, 5:13.84, respectively). Senior Chelsea Oates won the 1- and 3-meter spring board events (291.52 points, 287.03 points, respectively) for the second straight meet.
The Golden Grizzlies also picked up wins from sophomore Alyssa Busch in the 200 backstroke (2:09.05), junior Nicole Salmeto in the 200 butterfly (2:12.03), sophomore Margo Stanfa in the 100 fly (1:00.34), senior Emily Wike in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.68) and the 200 medley relay team (1:47.95) of Busch, Gustafsson, Salmeto and A. Vela.
For the men, Unold won the 50 free (21:30) and 200 back (1:51.72), one of four double event winners. Joining Unold was sophomore Alex Aceino in the 100 and 200 fly events (51.10, 1:55.35, respectively), freshman Amr el Sayed in the 200 and 500 free events (1:41.47, 4:36.32, respectively) and freshman Antonio Page-Kahn in the 1- and 3-meter springboard events (234.15 points, 257.70 points).
Oakland also received wins from freshman Grant Harding in the 100 back (51.43), junior Tim Montague in the 1000 free (9:33.94) and the 200 medley relay (1:34.03) team of sophomore Tobias Hansen, junior Joe Rodgers, Aceino and freshman Matyas Keresztes.
Oakland is back in the pool, Saturday, Nov. 6, as both squads hit the road to take on Wright State. The meet is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
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