Wayne State (Mich.) wins fourth GLIAC Championship meet in a row
CANTON, Ohio -- Wayne State (Mich.), ranked No. 2 in the nation, won its fourth GLIAC Championship in a row on Saturday, leading the four-day conference meet from start to finish.
WSU won its seventh title in the past eight years. Next month, Wayne State will attempt to become the first WSU athletic team to claim back-to-back NCAA titles since women's fencing in 1988 and 1989.
The Warriors extended their point lead after each round in the competition, ultimately winning the GLIAC Championship by 307 points. WSU finished with 861.5 points, while Indianapolis, ranked No. 8 in the nation, had 554.5 points in second place. Wayne State entered Saturday's final day with a 165-point lead, but nearly doubled that by day's end.
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Senior Carly Sevald wrapped up her conference career in winning fashion, capturing the 3-meter diving finals. She finished with a score of 459.40 in 11 dives, more than 11 points ahead of the next competitor.
Four more WSU divers were represented in the eight-diver finals. Junior Paige Kortman collected a third-place finish in the 3-meter finals (447.35), two days after she won the 1-meter event. She was honored following the meet with the Women's Diver of the Year award.
Senior Emily Mitzelfeld placed fifth (431.50), freshman Alex Geddis-McCririe earned sixth place with a score of 428.75 and sophomore Rachael LaCroix finished eighth with a score of 363.60 for WSU.
Junior Carol Azambuja capped off a stellar week by breaking meet and school records with her victory in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 50.09 lowered her varsity record in the event. Following the meet, Azambuja, who earned four conference titles, also earned Women's Swimmer of the Year.
Senior Ashley Corriveau joined Azambuja in the 100 free championship finals and finished in sixth place at 51.81.
Senior Sarah Maraskine earned an individual conference victory in the 200 backstroke. She was the only women's swimmer to break the two-minute mark in the event, touching the wall at 1:59.99. Sophomore Kei Cze Prentis finished in fourth place with a time of 2:04.49, while freshman Elly Maleski placed sixth, clocking in at 2:05.46 in the 200 backstroke.
Freshman Kristina Novichenko had a pair of impressive performances in Saturday's finals. She began by finishing in second place overall in the 1,650 freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 17:21.43. Novichenko also placed second in the 200 butterfly, posting a time of 2:03.97.
Junior Kayla Scott, who earned two individual conference titles this week, collected a fifth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.62. Freshman Hannah Loesch followed in sixth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:21.27.
There were several more top WSU finishers in the 1,650 freestyle. Sophomore Kaylee Dolinski finished third with a time of 17:35.45 and junior Kelsey Dischler earned sixth, touching the wall at 17:40.81 to give WSU three in the top six. Freshman Veronica Loock finished ninth with a time of 17:46.38 and junior Alycen Wiacek touched the wall in 11th, posting a time of 17:56.54.
In the 100 free consolation finals, senior Alex Malfroid finished second in her race and 10th overall, touching the wall at 52.62. Freshman Manuela Ferreira posted a time of 2:27.07 in the 200 breaststroke consolation finals to finish in 15th overall.
The Warriors capped off a dominating week by finishing in third in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Scott, Prentis, Maraskine and Corriveau finished with a time of 3:28.82.
The WSU men's squad also won at the 2013 GLIAC Swimming & Diving Championships, marking the third consecutive year that both Wayne State squads have won the conference titles.