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DII: Wayne State continues to set records, wins fifth consecutive GLIAC title

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships

GENEVA, Ohio -- In what has become a yearly mid-February tradition, Wayne State (Mich.) set a GLIAC record with 959 points to claim its fifth consecutive conference title and eighth in the last nine years. The eight women's league titles equals the all-time GLIAC mark set by Oakland (1989-1997).

The 959 points is the highest total in the 26-year history of the women's GLIAC championship meet, and helped the Warriors easily outscore second-place Grand Valley by 292 points (959-667). WSU eclipsed the 900-point plateau for the third time in the last five years. Northern Michigan finished third with 576 points and was followed by Ashland (454), Findlay (367), Hillsdale (337), Lake Erie (157), Malone (130), Tiffin (64) and GLIAC affiliate Ursuline (36).

The Saturday evening finals began with WSU claiming four of the top nine spots in the 1650 free. Junior Kristina Novichenko won the event with a time of 16:54.90. She was followed by teammates Kelsey Dischler and Veronica Loock in fifth (17:29.74) and sixth (17:35.25), respectively. Mallory Moore, Alycen Wiacek and Michelle Adamic rounded out the Warrior scorers in the 1650 free.

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 closed out a dominant four-day effort on Saturday with 1,011 points scored, besting runner-up Truman State by 228 points. 

The inaugural event, held at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center also saw an NCAA Division II national record set in the 200-yard Breaststroke by Drury senior and GLVC Swimmer of the Year, Agnieszka Ostrowska. Her time of 2:12.70 broke the old national mark of 2:12.89 set by Ana Gonazalez Pena of Wayne State at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Truman State finished second in the event with 783 points, followed by Indianapolis (641), Lewis (479), and William Jewell (406) in the top five. Bellarmine (170) and Maryville (94) rounded out the seven-team field.

At the conclusion of the championship meet, Ostrowska was joined by several Drury representatives earning postseason hardware. Teammates Rebekah Laupp and Yakaterina Rudenko were named GLVC Diver and Freshman of the Year, respectively, while Brian Reynolds was voted by his peers as GLVC Coach of the Year.

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