Division II Meet Of The Week: Grand Valley State Sweeps Indianapolis

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Grand Valley State University swept Indianapolis in their final home dual meet of the season this weekend. The #7 Grand Valley State men beat the Greyhounds 176-123, while the #8 Grand Valley State women took down Indy 170.5-115.5. The meet also served as a the senior recognition meet for the Lakers.

On the men’s side, Grand Valley State won 9 total events and displaying some pretty impressive depth across the board. The GVSU team of freshman Harry Shalamon, sophomore Marius Mikalauskas, junior Gabriel Souza, and senior Danny Abbott started the meet with a new pool record in the 400 medley relay, touching the wall in 3:22.72. Souza also recorded a win in the 100 butterfly (48.98), just over 2 seconds away from his top ranked time in the world this year, and swam on the winning 200 free relay. Notably, Indianapolis’ Vitor Botana recorded two individual wins in the distance events, taking the 500 (4:46.81) and 1000 (9:56.57) freestyles.

The Laker women were dominant over the course of the meet, winning 11 events and going 1-2 in six of those. Senior and defending NCAA Champion Leonie Van Noort went 3 for 3 in event wins in her final home meet, earning individual wins in the 100 backstroke (58.50) and 500 free (4:55.59). She also contributed to an opening 400 medley relay win with a freestyle anchor leg. Senior Emily Gallagher also recorded 3 wins during her senior day, taking the 100 (1:03.94) and 200 (2:28.09) breast in addition to joining Van Noort on the opening medley relay.

Full results of the meet can be found here. Grand Valley State University’s next competition will be the GLIAC Championships, which begin February 8th and run through February 11th at Saginaw Valley State, while Indianapolis will be competing at the GVSL Championships at Crawfordsville High School.

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    Chris Priebe

    How about Senior Jennifer Priebe that posted three first place finishes in the 200 free, 50 free and 200 free relay, and a 2nd place finish in the 100 Farr for the Grand Valley women?

Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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