Wayne State (Mich.) wins GLIAC title
Warriors set records for points (923) and margin of victory (323.5)
JENISON, Mich. -- Wayne State (Mich.) won its sixth GLIAC Championship in the last seven years as the four-day meet concluded Saturday night.
Wayne State set records for points (923) and margin of victory (323.5), as Grand Valley State finished second (599.5) followed by Indianapolis in third (481.5).
With the comeback victory earned by the WSU men's team, the Warriors swept both the women's and men's conference titles for the second year in a row and the fourth time since 2006.
Two-time conference champion Kei Cze Prentis received the GLIAC Women's Freshman of the Year award.
The Warrior women added two more individual titles on Saturday night, bringing their overall total (individual and relay) to 11 for the week. Catherine Leix defended her championship in the 1,650 freestyle and Carol Azambuja broke four records in the 200 backstroke.
One of eight Warriors to finish among the top 16 in the first event of the evening, Leix broke her own pool record and improved her NCAA “B” cuts in both the 1,650 free (17:09.60) and the 1,000 free (10:25.06).
Wayne State's three subsequent finishers also bettered their “B” times. Brittany Wilkins finished third (17:12.19), Kelsey Discher placed fourth (17:35.13) and Alycen Wiacek came in fifth (17:29.51). Dischler (10:37.69) and Wiacek (10:29.93) also improved “B” cuts in the 1,000 free during their swims.
Stephanie Ekleberry finished eighth (17:53.99), Marissa Swartz came in ninth (17:56.76), Heather Thomson placed 13th (18:16.59) and Chelsea Lord finished 16th (18:25.19).
Azambuja's time of 1:59.13 in the 200 backstroke improved her NCAA “A” cut and eclipsed her own school record as well as the meet, pool and league records. Prentis came in fifth (2:06.76) and Alex Malfroid bested her prior “B” cut in seventh (2:07.20).
Ashley Corriveau and Kayla Scott each improved their “B” times in the 100 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke, respectively. Corriveau finished fourth (51.54) and Scott, the 100 breaststroke champion, placed second (2:17.61) and was just .54 off the pace set by GVSU's Lauren Dorsey.
In the 200 butterfly, Gloria Martinez Perez finished fourth with a lowered “B” cut of 2:05.67. Thomson came in 14th in the consolation final (2:14.05).
The meet ended with the 400 freestyle relay, in which the combination of Martinez Perez, Prentis, Kaylee Dolinski and Swartz turned in a second-place time of 3:30.11. Martinez Perez made a “B” cut in the 100 free with a leadoff time of 51.39.