Oct. 29, 2011
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Vanessza Balogh won two individual events and a relay and Scott Yarbrough won two individual events and a relay as the Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams both won their home opening meet against Wayne State Saturday afternoon in the OU Aquatic Center. The men won with a score of 175-118 and the women won with a score of 174-121.
"We saw some progress today and that is what we really wanted," said head men's and women's swimming and diving coach Pete Hovland. "Being at home, receiving our championship rings and with it also being parent's night really inspired us today."
Balogh won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:05.07 and 2:19.70, respectively and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team, with Christine Seiple, Sandra Czerska and Alyssa Vela with a time of 1:47.54. Balogh also had the fastest time in the 200 individual medley with a 2:07.81.
The OU women had eight individual winners in the meet including Vela (50 free, 23.91), Czerska (500 free, 5:05.32), JulieAnne Stears (1,000 free, 10:28.72), Emily Ludema (200 butterfly, 2:09.24) and Nicole Salmeto (100 fly, 58.73). Oakland also swept the diving events as Marcella Barretta won the three-meter diving with a score of 301.43, hitting a NCAA diving zone cut and Tricia Grant won the one-meter event with a score of 279.08 also a NCAA diving zone cut.
"We swam Vanessza (Balogh) in some different events today and whenever she hits the water she gives it her all and it was fun to watch," added Hovland. "We are a very balanced team and it was a complete performance today but we still have work to do to get better."
OU had two multiple-event winners as Amr el Sayed won the 200 and 500 free events with times of 1:40.27 and 4:34.91, respectively and Anders Jensen won the 100 and 200 fly with times of 51.14 and 1:54.74 respectively. Nick Evans also won the 1,000 free (9:34.32), Harding won the 200 back (1:56.53) and Hansen won the 100 back (51.05).
"We are pretty deep just about everywhere on the men's side and some individual talent showed as the kids were fired up all day before the meet," said Hovland.
Oakland will be back in the pool next weekend as both teams take on Wright State on Saturday in the OU Aquatic Center starting at 2 p.m. Admission to the meet is free to OU students with a valid ID. General admission tickets will be on sale at the gate for $5 for adults and $3 for children.