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Falcons remain unbeaten following weekend

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BG Swimming and diving compete in the team’s season debut Oct. 3 in the Tom Stubbs Relays. Since that meet, the team remains undefeated.

The Bowling Green swim and dive team remains undefeated after a weekend away meet against Oakland and Eastern Michigan.

The Falcons came in first against the previously unbeaten Eagles 155-145, and they took down Oakland 155-139.

Head coach Petra Martin said she was happy to see tough competition early in the season. She said she was excited to see quality races and efforts from her team.

“It was a fun meet,” Martin said. “We were going back to back the whole time and they were definitely two very tough teams. I definitely like the team to be in those situations because when you get to championships and things that’s what it’s going to be in. the more practice we get under pressure, like that the better.”

The Falcons won eight events Saturday, starting off with a win in the 200 medley relay. Estela Davis, Kristin Filby, Jordan Bullock and Kayla Effinger swam the relay, keeping Bowling Green unbeaten in that event this season.

Davis took first in three other individual events including the 100 and 200 backstrokes. This is Davis’s first year swimming for the Falcons and Martin said she looks forward to what Davis will continue to bring to the team.

“She is very versatile swimmer,” Martin said. “She is very motivated, a very hard worker. She loves the team atmosphere we have and I think she is going to do some great things down the road for us.”

After the opening relay, Bullock tallied another first place finish in the 200 butterfly, setting a new personal record in the event.

Sophomore Victoria Griffin continued her work in the freestyle races from last year, grabbing first in the 50 and 100 on Saturday. That was Griffin’s first time competing in the 100

this season.

Despite being swept in diving, Martin said it was good to see the team increase difficulty in the dives and progress

each week.

“You can really see it,” Martin said. “Every week there is a difference. Every week you can see how much better they are getting. I think their confidence is rising more and they are learning new dives.”

Saturday was the first travel meet for the Falcons. Martin said there are still things to work on when traveling, especially looking ahead to the Georgia Tech Invitational.

“The first couple of individual races were a little more up and down,” Martin said. “Some might have needed to warm up a little bit differently. The good thing is that pretty much all of them thought about it and tried to do things better or differently in order to swim fast on the road.”

Bowling Green will have some time off to prepare for the next meet, in late November. The team will travel to Georgia Tech and will not be back at home until mid-January.

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