Jan. 21, 2017

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2017 Oakland Swimming Senior Day Reflections

Patricia Aschan

Escorted by Randy and Cindy Stark


1). Being named the Horizon League Female Swimmer of the Year as a sophomore and junior.

2). Winning seven individual league titles.

3). Breaking the school records in the 200 and 400-yard IM and in multiple relays.

Favorite memory

Winning the 4x200 freestyle relay junior year and breaking the pool, school, and league records.

Patricia would like to thank:

"I want to thank all of my teammates and the coaching staff for making these past four years so memorable. I also want to thank the Starks for giving me a home away from home and always being so welcoming and awesome!"

Aleksander Danielewski

Escorted by Linda and Chris Ferrara


1). Placing top-3 in eight events at Horizon League Championships my freshman and sophomore years.

2). Receiving the CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years.

3). Making 10-career NCAA B-cuts

Favorite memory

Being a part of the 400-medley relay at the Eastern Michigan Invitational and beating our main rival by 0.01.

Aleks would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my parents for their unconditional love and support for 23 years. I would like to thank the coaching staff for pushing me beyond my limits both athletically and academically. I would also like to thank all the amazing families that so warmly welcomed me during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. A huge thank you to the Morren, Pearson, Schihl and Ferrara families. I can't express how much I appreciate everything you've done for me."

John Ferrara
Escorted by his parents Linda and Christopher


1). Being accepted into Physical Therapy School

2). Placing third at Horizon League Championships in 100 and 200 backstroke in 2016

3). Being named on the Horizon League Honor Roll

Favorite memory

Getting to know my senior class

John would like to thank:

"I would like to thank My Parents Linda and Chris and my girlfriend Kelsey Stark."

Aaron Helander

Escorted by his parents Doris and Richard


1). Getting sixth place in the 200 fly at the 2016 Horizon League Championships

2). Being named to the Horizon League Honor roll

3). Earning a spot in Oakland's top ten best times in the 200 fly

Favorite memory

All of our training trips to Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico, and Fort Myers and specifically parasailing with Paul in Puerto Rico.

Aaron would like to thank:

"I want to thank my parents, the coaching staff, past coaches and Mikey Sebold for everything they have done for me."

Tuomas Kiviluoma

Escorted by Kristen and Steve Larson


1). Being named 2014 Horizon League Freshman of the Year

2). Breaking the school record in the 200 IM

3). Earning multiple relay school records

Favorite memory

Winning my first individual Horizon League Championship, the 200IM, my freshman year.

Tuomas would like to thank:

"I want to thank Andre Latour for being my main coach for the past three years, Pete Hovland for giving me this incredible opportunity to study and swim abroad and the Larson family for being my family away from home for my college career."

Kyle Larson

Escorted by his parents Kristen and Steve


1). Six-time A-finalist at the Michigan Open

2). Working for Orientation and the Tutoring Center at Oakland the last three years

3). Career best times in the 100 and 200 back at the Michigan Open in 2016

Favorite memory

All of the cabin trips with the men's team, spending time with all of my best friends and bonding with a group that I can only call my family is an experience like no other.

Kyle would like to thank:

"I want to thank my mom and dad for the amazing support throughout my various injuries and illnesses and always reminding me of what's important. My best friends, Tuomas and Steve, and my brothers Brett and Derek for keeping a smile on my face whenever I was struggling and my girlfriend, Celeste Black, for unconditional support, and loving me despite my busy schedule, and crazy self from the years of chlorine damage to my brain."

Takara Martin

Escorted by her parents Daryle and David


1). Attending the 2012 and 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials

2). Being the first recipient of the Tom Allen Memorial Endowment

3). Becoming the 200-breaststroke record holder, along with being a part of many record-breaking relay teams.

Favorite memory

The 2015 training trip to Puerto Rico

Takara would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my mom, David, Grandma and Grandpa for being my number one fans, supporting me and coming to as many meets as they have. I also want to thank the team for being my family and creating lasting memories."

Jeremiah Morren

Escorted by his parents Donald and Candice


1). Being the two-time defending Horizon League Champion in the 50 free

2). Being named an Academic All-American in the 2015-16 season

3). Being a part of four school relay records

Favorite memory

Swimming on my first conference relay freshman year and going up north with the men's team each year.

Jeremiah would like to thank:

"I want to thank my parents for getting me into the sport and keeping me going even when I wanted to quit, my sister for always one-upping me and my teammates and coaches for always giving me something to look forward to every day."

Steve Neill

Escorted by his parents Cheryl and Steve


1). Placing ninth in the 1,650 free at Horizon League Championships in 2015

2). Placing 15th in the 400 IM at Horizon League Championships in 2015

3). Finished 16th in 100 free at league championships in 2015

Favorite memory

Going to soccer, volleyball and basketball games in our speedos.

Steve would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me, all of the coaches I have had who have helped me become who I am today and to all my teammates who have become a second family to me."

Hannah Oswald

Escorted by her parents Shelley and David


1). Recorded the 10th fastest 200 fly time in school history last season

2). Placing seventh at the Horizon League Championships in both the 100 and 200 fly in 2016

3). Named to the Horizon League Honor Roll for the past three years

Favorite memory

Winning the B-final in the 200 fly at the conference meet freshman year after getting food poisoning and throwing up right until I dove in for the race.

Hannah would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates and most importantly my family for all of the love and support they have given me throughout the last four years."

Stella Pasalidou

Escorted by Arynn de Leeuw and former Oakland swimmer Julia Vela


1). Being able to speak English

2). Making top-3 at the Horizon League Championships in the 200 and 400 IM my sophomore year.

3). Placing top-10 in three events last year at the league championships

Favorite memory

Winning the Horizon League Championships

Stella would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my wonderful family even though they couldn't attend meets, Pete for giving me the opportunity to be a member of such a great team and family and all the other coaches for always being there to support me."

Jacob Pearson

Escorted by his parents Janet and Kurt Pearson


1). Being the school and conference record holder in the 800-free relay

2). Consistently having individual top-5 finishes at Horizon League Championships

3). Having the largest biceps in distance-group four straight years

Favorite memory

Killing the workouts and soaking up the rays in Puerto Rico

Jake would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my parents for their consistent support over the course of my 14-year swimming career, my coaches for their dedication and all my teammates for four years of unforgettable memories."

Talia Sola-Galindo

Escorted by Holly Morren and Alysse Fischer


1). Being a member of the 200-medley relay and the champion 400 medley relay that set a school record.

2). Placing Horizon League Runner-Up in the 100 backstroke in 2016

3). Being the NAIA National Champion in the 100 back in the 2015-15 season.

Favorite memory

Last year training trip in Puerto Rico, especially when we all went to the waterfalls and had a great time cliff jumping.

Talia would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my family for always supporting me at every meet via text or video call, letting me know that they are always with me no matter the distance."

Melissa VanderMeulen

Escorted by her parents Rick and Connie


1). ​Being a co-author of a soon-to-be published thesis in partial fulfillment to the honors college

2). ​Becoming a member of school record holding 200 freestyle relay team

3). ​Being named an Academic All-American in the 2015-16 season

Favorite memory

Warmer weather volleyball with the team (especially this year in Fort Myers)

Melissa would like to thank:

"I want to thank my mom and dad who have helped me keep my head on straight while balancing academics and swimming. A well-deserved and important thank you to my club and high school coach Don Kimble, who saw a talent no one else saw in me long ago and helped me pursue it. All the Oakland coaches who have been patient with me and given me the chance to be a part of a team like this one. And a very special thank you to Andre who has helped me rediscover my love for swimming."

Rachel Waite

Escorted by her parents Jack and Joan Waite


1). Obtaining my NCAA B-cuts in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.

2). During my junior year winning the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke at the Horizon League Championships.

3). Being a collegiate athlete and making it through nursing school at the same time.

Favorite memory

Going on an excursion in Puerto Rico and waterfall jumping.

Rachel would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my family and everyone that has supported me throughout my swimming career."

Lauren Wynalda

Escorted by her parents Jim and Julie Wynalda


1). Recording the eighth-fastest 100 fly time in Oakland history

2). Placing sixth in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 200 butterfly at Horizon League Championships in 2016

3). Being accepted into the nursing program at Oakland

Favorite memory

Winning conference championships the past three years.

Lauren would like to thank:

"I would like to thank my parents and loved ones for all of the support throughout the years. I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates for always being there."



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