BG dives into MAC

After having two swimmers earn conference honors this week the Falcons get ready to take on Buffalo and Ball State University on Saturday at Cooper Pool at 1 p.m.

Sophomore Kelley O’Hara has been named the Mid-American Conference Female Swimmer of the Week, while freshman Ryan Golden has been named the MAC Male Swimmer of the Week.

‘Kelley has been swimming with passion,’ head coach Randy Julian said. He is, however, unsure of how she will do on Saturday because she has been sick all week.

‘Ryan has been swimming at championship form,’ Julian said. ‘Everyday is a good day for him.’

Julian went on to say how Golden will give both Buffalo and Ball State a run for their money. He has a good shot at a victory in the 1000 freestyle.

Ball State’s men’s swimming and diving team has a 4-5 record overall and 0-2 in the MAC, while their women’s team is 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the MAC.

‘They (Ball State’s women’s team) has the potential to run us out of the pool,’ Julian said. ‘But we could really make their life miserable.’

Buffalo’s men are 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the MAC, while their women are 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the MAC.

‘Buffalo (men) is a thinner team,’ Julian said. ‘They struggle in the second and third position. We need to take care of the number one spot.’

Julian went on to mention several swimmers who he feels have the ability to do quite well at this meet including: junior Kim Moden, senior Andy Jenkins, junior Paul Bizzarro, junior Mike Griffin, junior Kevin Anderson, senior Bill Roehl, senior Jen Jarjosa, junior Alissa Davies, freshman Jessie Humes, and junior Alicia Coburn.

‘Our divers stepped up another notch last weekend,’ Julian said. ‘Sophomore Ryan Donley struggled her freshman year. She’s now in the leadership position. She’s either winning or a tough second.’

Freshman Molly Peterson had a good one meter dive, Julian said. Freshman Emily Hois has also been doing well and freshman Lindsay Hines gave her best diving performance last weekend.

‘Kris Waechter had an outstanding dive,’ Julian said. ‘He’s looking in form again.’

According to Julian the diving team did an excellent job last weekend, but the women are going to have to watch out for Ball State’s fifth-year senior Beth Clark. Clark has been to the NCAA and won numerous MAC titles.

On the up side, Buffalo has a weak diving team, which could hurt their final score on the women’s side and help out the Falcons women’s team.