Swim and Dive snags second place in Miami

Emma Tucker, Sports Reporter, FMSN

In a weekend series hosted by Miami University, BGSU Swim and Dive earned second place out of five teams, competing with Miami, Youngstown, Ball State, and Toledo.

At the end of the weekend, the Falcons made the podium, placing the highest since their season opener versus Akron.  

Here’s how the Falcons did it.  

With a strong start to Friday night’s events, the Brown and Orange took second and third place in the 200 freestyle relay with times of 1:38:50 and 1:39:87 respectively. Moving on to the 500 freestyle, the Falcons took the backseat as Miami swimmers held the top seven spots, with freshman Morgan Sokol representing BG in eighth place.  

In the 50 freestyle, junior Riley McNichols led the Falcons, earning third place with a time of 24.50. In the 400 medley relay, Bowling Green won the event with a time of 3:57:10, their only winning event of the evening.  

To start off the diving portion, junior Rayah Blood contributed by taking third place in the 3-Meter Dive. With a score of 325.60, Blood comfortably held her rank by more than 25 points.

In the final events of the night, the Falcons performed well in the 100 yard backstroke, with BG placing third through sixth place led by Mary Ellen Wolff (58.59).

Going into Saturday night, Bowling Green held second place with 603 points overall trailing only the RedHawks by 152 points. 

Opening the final day of the Miami Classic, Evie Long placed fourth in the 1-Meter Dive with a score of 264.45. Julia Januszewska and Rayah Blood also placed in the top ten with fifth and sixth place.

In the 100 freestyle, there wasn’t much room from Bowling Green, but Sophomore Elayna Krupp slipped into the top ten, grabbing ninth place. Later on, Hanna Ehrman placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:45:33.  

Nearing the end of the meet, the Falcons placed second in the 400 freestyle relay, the last event, with a time of 3:38:52. Only behind by about ten seconds was another Falcon relay team, who took third place in this event.

With Miami taking 1211 points as their meet total, Bowling Green took second place, looking ahead to the Mid-American Conference Championships later this month in good spirits. 

The Falcons will take a week off while preparing for the MAC Championship meets during the week of Feb. 22-25, once again hosted by Miami.  

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