FINDLAY, Ohio, October 18. In an exciting double dual meet, Findlay swimming had a strong outing against Malone and Hillsdale at the Sink Natatorium.
Findlay Press Release
The University of Findlay women’s swimming and diving team take the Charge out of Hillsdale (139-84) and halt the Pioneers of Malone (164-66), cruising to a double dual victory, while the Oiler Men lose nail biter with Malone by the score of 106-98.
The women won their showdown with the Malone University Pioneers and Hillsdale College Chargers Friday night at the Sink Natatorium on the University of Findlay campus.
The Oilers led off the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 200 Medley Relay against the Chargers, as the ‘A’ relay of Junior Kaley Holmstrom, Freshman Rachel Farmer, Sophomore Emily Annen, and Senior Molly Cade cruised to victory followed closely by the ‘B’ Relay of Freshman Taylor Seyfried, Junior Kari Lemanski, and Sophomores Hannah Schreiber and Marissa McDonald. The same relays placed 1st and 3rd place as Malone cruised to a second place finish.
Senior Annie Currin finished second place in the 1000 Freestyle (11:14.39) against both Malone and Hillsdale.
Freshman Emma Barnes finished with a big meet, winning both the 200 (1:56.96) and 500 Freestyle (5:16.11), sweeping honors in those events.
Jessica Ward had a great night, claiming 3 victories, 2 golds in the 100 backstroke (:57.86), and 1 in the 50 freestyle (:24.68) against Malone, while finishing runner-up to All-American Charger Rachael Kurtz in the 50 freestyle. Freshman Michelle Stefaniak added a second place (:26.22) finish against the Pioneers and bronze against the Chargers in the 50.
Holmstrom also added a pair of victories, claiming gold in the 200 Individual Medley (2:14.23) and 100 Breaststroke (1:09.54) against both the Chargers and Pioneers, adding to her victory as a part of the winning 200 Medley Relay.
Senior Ashleigh Weddington claimed a double victory of her own in the 1-meter diving (201.01) and on the 3-meter board (205.21).
Annen (1:00.98) and Schreiber (1:02.43) added to the scoring, claiming a 1-2 punch against the Chargers and 2nd and 3rd place finish with Malone in the 100 Butterfly.
Cade finished off the top scoring in the 100 yard freestyle (:54.55), claiming victory over Malone, while adding a second place finish against Hillsdale.
The Oiler ladies concluded an outstanding night with a final victory in the 200 Free Relay as the ‘A’ Relay took home a victory behind the efforts of Cade, Ward, Annen and Barnes (1:42.69).
On to the men’s draw, the Oilers came up just short leading off the meet with a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay behind the efforts of Freshman Ross Stansbery and Graham Copus, Sophomore Aaron Mitchell and Freshman Chaz Manocchio (1:41.75).
Freshman Skyler Pollock led the Oiler distance charge, finishing in second place with a time of 10:59.28.
Freshman Janko Radmanovic claimed 3 major victories on the evening, starting with his impressive 1:43.47 in the 200 Freestyle. He also added to his victory count, finishing with a 51.18 in the 100 Butterfly, just shades off the school record. Radmanovic added to his haul with a gold medal in the 500 yard freestyle, winning by over 20 seconds en route to a 4:47.33.
Sophomore Cody Craig added an impressive performance, getting edged in the 50 freestyle, placing 3rd (:22.41).
Sophomore Todo Djurovic added some punch for the Oilers, claiming 3 victories on the evening (2 individual, 1 relay). His victory in the 200 Individual Medley was clocked in at 1:57.57. He then claimed a second gold in the 100 breaststroke (:59.38) before adding to his haul on the winning 200 Freestyle Relay team.
Sophomore Nick Kaftan (:49.55) and Craig (:49.87) claimed 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 100 yard Freestyle, narrowly missing out on a victory.
Stansbery claimed silver in the 100 yard backstroke, coming in with a time of 56.08.
The Oiler men concluded the close meet with a victory in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay, as the ‘A’ team of Kaftan, Craig, Sophomore Clay Fogle, and Djurovic won in a time of 1:29.46.
Malone Press Release
At a meet at the University of Findlay on Friday night, the Malone University men’s swimming & diving team earned a thrilling 106-98 victory over the host Oilers while the Pioneer women’s team dropped a 164-66 contest to Findlay and also a 136-86 contest vs. Hillsdale College (MI).
For the men’s squad, four individuals took home victories in their events while the men’s 200 medley relay team also won their race. For the Malone women, one student-athlete grabbed a first-place finish.
Although the Pioneer women had fewer event winners, it was the women’s squad who tallied two school-record breaking performances on the night. Marta Jankowska, with her second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle, finished in a new Malone record time of 10:59.28, breaking the old record of 11:10.72 set by Vicki Swartz two years ago. Then, in the 500 free, Carolin Friedrich, with a fourth-place finish, was able to just edge the previous school mark, set by Swartz at 5:25.58 in 2012-13, with a record-breaking time of 5:25.27. In addition, Jankowska tallied the lone women’s victory on the day with her winning effort in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:00.53, a mark that came just .01 seconds off her own school record that she set two seasons ago.
For the men, though no records were broken, the event winners in the meet included Hector Gonzalez in both the 50 free (22.04) and the 100 free (48.64), Cory Boogaart in the 1000 free (10:42.54) and Zachary Misak in the 100 backstroke (53.70). In addition, the men’s 200 medley relay unit of Misak, Grant Gillilan, Gonzalez and Bartosz Zarzecki won their race in a time of 1:39.63.
“I’m proud of the way our athletes performed today,” said Malone interim head coach Russ Hunt. “We spent this week training through some challenging, high intensity workouts and the team learned today the importance of stepping up and competing with muscles and minds that have been taxed. It was fantastic to see them come together and we learned some important lessons today about who are as a team and who we want to become.”
The Malone teams will be back in action next Friday evening (Oct. 24th) as the squads host their first home meet of the season in a dual contest against the University of Mount Union that is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.
Hillsdale Press Release