Mitchell Cooper Shines As Emory Men Fall To Delta State, Women Top D2 Opponents

Photo Courtesy: Emory Athletics

By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

Women’s Meet:

The Eagles of Emory University beat both of their Divison two opponents Saturday afternoon. Emory scored 178 points against Delta State’s 120 and 176 against University of West Florida’s 124. West Florida narrowly defeated Delta State 151 to 147.

Delta State’s team of Anastasia Klyarovskaya, Kirsten Stroven, Kierstin Page, and Chloe Bennett outtouched Emory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.69. The team’s momentum continued as Melanie Tombers claimed the 1000 (10:17.13) by a full ten seconds. The junior also claimed the last event of the day, stopping the clock at 4:32.27 in the 400 IM.

Emory found their way to the top taking the top two spots in the 200 freestyle. Cindy Chen lead the way with a B cut time of 1:52.61. Delta State fired back as Klyarovskaya touched first in the 100 backstroke (56.55). The junior went on to win the 200 backstroke as well (2:01.63).

West Florida got their first win of the afternoon when Theresa Michalak stopped the clock at 1:04.77 in the 100 breaststroke. Her teammate Paulina Szydlo topped the 200 breaststroke (2:20.99).

Emory’s Phoebe Edwards claimed the 200 butterfly, racing to a time of 2:09.57. Her teammate Julia Wawer won the 500 freestyle by nearly seven seconds, clocking a 5:05.69.

West Florida’s Peggy de Villiers sprinted to a win in the 50 freestlye (24.10) while Delta State’s Bennett was first in the 100 (52.80). de Villiers also went on to win the 100 butterfly (57.73).

West Florida swept the both boards, lead by Monica Amaral with 303.05 points on three meter and 283.20 on one meter.

The Emory women finished the afternoon with a win as the team of Meg Taylor, Fiona Muir, Hannah Baratz, and Marissa Bergh swam a 1:36.66 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Men’s Meet:

The Emory men narrowly fell to their Division two competitors, Delta State by a score of 157-137.

Delta State’s team of Cody Lavoie, Matteo Fraschi, Max Pendall, and Mattia Schirru clocked a 1:32.59 in the 200 medley relay.

Emory’s Henry Copses won the 1000 freestyle by less than a second with his time of 9:41.06. His teammate Christian Baker claimed the 200 freestyle with his time of 1:41.36. He later claimed the 500 as well (4:36.04). Junior Mitchell Cooper made it three events in a row for the Eagles, touching the wall at 50.77 in the 100 backstroke. He later won the 200 backstroke (1:52.84).

Delta State began to turn the momentum when Pendall raced to a 58.84 in the 100 breaststroke. Pendall also won the 200 breaststroke later in the meet (2:07.93). His teammate Adam Charlton then won the 200 butterfly (1:54.31), and later the 100 as well (51.75).

Emory’s Ollie Smith won the 50 freestyle (20.66), but Delta State’s Schirru took the 100 (46.13).

Delta State’s Matt Swaine topped the three meter board (274.15) while his teammate Bill Ashwell won the one meter (255.10).

Lavoie outtouched Cooper in the 400 IM with his time of 4:05.02. The Emory men kept it close at the end, with the team of Alex Hardwick, Trey Kolleck, Aaron Schwartz, and Smith winning the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:23.05.

Full results available here: 2016 Emory vs. West Florida vs. Delta State Dual – Results

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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