CLEVELAND -- Joe Smith broke both the 1- and 3-meter diving school records with scores of 343.05 and 362.40 respectively as the Oakland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Cleveland State 170-129.5 (men) and 185-107 (women) Friday night at Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. The previous records were held by Dario DiFazio in 1984 who went on to compete in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games for Venezuela.
In siwmming action, Grace Shinske won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.57 and the 200 back going 2:04.87 while Micah DeJonge won a pair of events in the 500 (4:41.52) and 1,000 freestyle (9:38.72). Shinske, along with Rachel Waite, Takara Martin and Holly Morren comprised the winning 200 medley relay team that went 1:44.64. Hannah Burgess was the victor in the 1,000 free going 10:40.37, other winners included Waite in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.96), Patricia Aschan in the 200 butterfly and breaststroke plus the 100 IM (2:06.60; 2:20.59; 59.07), Katie Colwell in the 100 free (52.23) and Alysse Fischer in the 500 free (5:07.89). The Oakland women also won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:35.13 with the team of Morren, Arynn de Leeuw, Amber Lefler and Colwell.
Other event winners on the men’s side were Jacob Pearson in the 200 free (1:41.86), Aaron Helander in the 200 fly (1:52.08), Paul Huch in the 50 free (20.90) and Ayrton Kasemets in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.22).
The women’s team will return to action for the final regular season competition of the year taking on Bowling green at home Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.