Feb. 21, 2010

Courtesy of Grand Valley State

Detroit, Mich. - The Grand Valley State men's swimming & diving team scored 866 points en route to capturing the 2010 GLIAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship in Detroit, Mich. at Wayne State University. GVSU's title was its second in three year and third since 2005. Defending GLIAC Champion Wayne State finished second with 710.5 points, followed by Ashland (701), Indianapolis (512.5) and Lewis (410). The Lakers will now prepare for the NCAA DII National Championships March 10-13 in Canton, Ohio.

Sophomore Raphael Santos captured his second GLIAC title and set a WSU pool record with his first-place finish in the 100 backstroke in an NCAA DII "A" qualifying time of 1:49.37. The Lakers' Jordan Schrotenboer also hit the "A" mark with his second-place finish (1:50.96), while Jon Bardsley hit the "B" standard when he finished ninth (1:54.62).

Junior Jeff Pauza hit the NCAA DII "B" standard with his seventh-place finish in the 1000 freestyle (9:41.11). Sophomore David Hayhow also hit the "B" when he touched ninth in 9:44.80. Senior Matt Witkowski finished second in the 100 freestyle and hit the NCAA "B" mark when he touched the wall in 46.34. Sophomore Joe Sayre touched eighth (48.71), followed by Lantson Gordon in 10th (47.76) and Derek Mead in 11th (47.82).

Senior Chris Conner tallied a fifth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke and hit the "B" standard with his time of 2:08.93. Senior Collin Perry recorded a seventh-place finish (2:12.08), while Hans Hill hit the "B" mark when he finished ninth in 2:07.79. Kurt VonEhr finished 10th (2:12.31) and Jimmy Donahue 12th (2:13.08). GVSU scored 47 points in the 200 breast.

Sophomore Aaron Beebe recorded a third-place finish and hit the NCAA "A" qualifying mark with his time of 1:51.08 in the 200 butterfly, while junior Justin Pattermann hit the "B" standard when he finished third in 1:52.63. Senior Evan Betts notched a second-place finish on the 3-meter board with his 11-dive score of 497.40. Reece Bierhalter finished fourth (447.60), Partrick VanDommelen fifth (441.55) and Will Hill sixth (430.00). Freshman Kyle Gebraad finished 10th (320.55) as the Lakers scored 78 points on the 3-meter board.

Jordan Schrotenboer, Joe Sayre, Derek Mead and Justin Pattermann touched fourth in the 400 free relay (3:07.27) to put the finishing touches on the 2010 title.

GVSU Women Take Second At GLIAC; Wayne State Claims Crown

Detroit, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's swimming and diving team finished second at the 2010 GLIAC Swimming & Diving Championships with 783.5 points. Wayne State claimed the GLIAC title with 901.5 points, followed by GVSU (783.5), Ashland (437), Indianapolis (401) and Findlay (333). GVSU, which claimed its first-ever GLIAC Swimming & Diving Championship a year ago, will now prepare for the NCAA DII National Championships to be held March 10-13 in Canton, Ohio.

The Lakers opened with a strong showing in the 1000 freestyle, led by sophomore Amy Akers' fourth-place finish in an NCAA DII "B" standard qualifying time of 10:36.66. Sophomore Erin Kinney also hit the "B" standard with her fifth-place finish (10:40.08), while Kelsey Reid finished sixth in a time of 10:49.12.

Freshman Kelsey Vermeer finished fourth and hit the NCAA "B" mark with her time of 52.61 in the 100 freestyle, followed closely by teammate Katelyn Childers in fifth (52.68) who also hit the "B" standard. Junior Kim Baughman hit the "B" mark in the consolation finals when she touched the wall in a time of 53.44 which was good for 10th. Allison Scholz finished 12th in a time of 54.09. Freshman Marissa Orr finished fifth in the 200 backstroke (2:08.95).

The Lakers turned in stellar showing in the 200 breaststroke with three in the finals. Toni Musto hit the NCAA "A" standard with her third-place finish in a time of 2:21.04, while Sam Stump hit the "B" qualifying mark with a fourth-place finish in a time of 2:23.74. Sophomore Lauren Dorsey also hit the NCAA "B" standard when she touched the wall in sixth (2:24.04). Sophomore Carly Bush notched a fifth-place finish in the 200 butterfly and hit the NCAA "B" mark with her time of 2:08.32, followed by freshman Marissa Doepker, who also hit the "B" mark, with her sixth-place finish (2:08.83). Freshman Kaci Swieter finished 11th the 200 fly (2:11.70) and junior Erin Lynch was 15th (2:13.65).

The Lakers' 400 free relay team of Marissa Orr, Kelsey Vermeer, Sam Stump and Katelyn Childers hit the NCAA "A" standard when they tied for second in a time of 3:30.70).