Oxford, Ohio (Dec. 1, 2005) ???C
In the opening night of competition at the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational, the Oakland men???s and women???s swimming and diving teams were led by their relays. The Golden Grizzlies made their biggest splash in the men???s 800-yard freestyle event, when the foursome of Bryon Tansel
(Dundee, Mich.), Dawid Tatarczyk
(Miedziana, Poland), Nick McCollum
(Fairfield, Ohio) and Chris Sullivan
(Rockford, Mich.) set a new meet record with a time of 6:38.08. The time also broke the school record, which was set in 1996, by eight tenths of a second.
All four members of the team swam the best time of the respective legs to help them beat the previous meet record by more than two and a half second and claim victory by more than five seconds.
In the women???s 800-yard free relay event, which opened the day???s competition, Oakland???s foursome of Melissa Jaeger
(Ann Arbor, Mich.), Amanda Burwell
(Akron, Ohio), Carolyn Routh
(Sandusky, Ohio) and Sophia Gustaffson
(Djursholm, Sweden) claimed fifth place with a time of 7:41.37.
Through the four events that took place on day one, both the men???s and women???s team sit in the middle of the pack in the point totals. The Golden Grizzly women have 87 points to put them fifth among the 12 teams, while the men have hold of sixth place in the 10-team field with 92 points.
The only other event???s to take place Thursday evening were the men???s and women???s 1650-yard free races. On the men???s side, Anthony Serio
(Oakland, Mich.) was the top Oakland finisher with a time of 16:31.53 to finish 14th. Garrett Baringhaus
(Livonia, Mich.) and Joel Rinkevich
(Commerce, Mich.) also competed in the event, posting times of 17:00.93 and 17:41.22, respectively.
In the women???s race, Gustaffson proved to be the top Golden Grizzly, finishing in 17:25.31 to earn 10th place. Routh also had a strong showing in the long-distance event, posting a 17:47.84 to earn 17th place. Rounding out the Oakland women in the race, Katie Wilke
(Sandusky, Ohio) and Lauren Parker
(Rochester Hills, Mich.) stopped the clock in 18:44.22 and 19:57.97, respectively.
Day two of the Invitational will begin with preliminary action at 9 a.m. and conclude with finals competition at 6 p.m.