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DII: No. 1 Drury wins title at inaugural Great Lakes Conference Championship

Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. -- Top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Drury has captured the inaugural Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship. The Panthers scored 838 points en route to the first conference title, which was crowned Saturday night at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center.

Indianapolis placed second with 747.5 points, followed by Missouri S&T in third with 743.5 markers. Rounding out the field was Lewis (472) in fourth, William Jewell (397) in fifth, Truman State (338) in sixth and Bellarmine (154) in seventh.

At the conclusion of the championship meet, UIndy's Justin Rossillo and Tyler Offutt were named the GLVC Swimmer and Diver of the Year, respectively, while Lewis' Victor Tarin was named GLVC Freshman of the Year and Missouri S&T's Doug Grooms was tabbed Coach of the Year.

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference Championships

GENEVA, Ohio -- Wayne State (Mich.) became the first team in the 35-year history of the GLIAC Championship meet to break the 1,000-point plateau eclipsing the all-time mark of 952 points set 27 years ago (1987) by Oakland. The first-place finish marks the fourth consecutive league title and ninth in the last 12 years for the Warriors.

Wayne State finished with 1,011.5 points to second-place Grand Valley's total of 894.5. Ashland was third with 500 points and was followed by Malone (368.5), Lake Erie (266), Tiffin (257) and Findlay (195.5).

Head coach Sean Peters was named GLIAC Men's Coach of the Year for the 10th time in the last 13 seasons. He was been selected as either the GLIAC Men's Coach of the Year, the Women's Coach or both, every year since 2002.

Junior Dylan Szegedi was voted GLIAC Male Diver of the Year after winning the 3-meter event on Saturday with a score of 532.30. Szegedi, who was the GLIAC Male Diver of the Year his freshman season in 2012, won his second career one-meter GLIAC title on Thursday with a score of 531.50.