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Swimming, diving face MAC foes at Cooper Pool


BG Swimmers line up to enter the pool this past Friday in the Tom Stubbs Relays held at BG’s Cooper Pool.

Bowling Green Swimming and Diving made waves in the record books this weekend.

On Friday the Falcons competed in the Tom Stubbs Relays, facing Mid-American Conference teams for the first time this year.

The Falcons saw Findlay, Toledo, Youngstown State and previous MAC Champion Akron at the meet. Dominating the pool, the team took nine out of 10 races and beat seven meet records.

Head Coach Petra Martin says the opportunity to see conference opponents early on gives the team insight for the upcoming season.

“As far as the MAC competition goes, it’s always good to see kind of where you and the other people are,” Martin said. “Now we can start getting after each other.”

Sophomore Victoria Griffin was on six of the winning relay teams, while freshman Estela Davis swam on two.

In the first four races, the Bowling Green record books were rewritten with faster times.

Between the records and strong pressure on MAC rivals, Martin says the team has a solid foundation.

“I want to make sure that we are doing what we need to be doing, that we’re getting better every week,” Martin said. “And we certainly have improved from the week before.”

Despite the victories, Martin is still helping the team nail down certain aspects of racing before the next meet.

“We’re still going to be hitting the technical things, racing strategy,” Martin said. “There is always going to be something we can improve on. We are still very early on, but it is good to see these signs right now.”

With regular season competition beginning soon, Martin says the team might just have what it takes to be strong contenders for the MAC Championship.

“We still have a long way to go and a lot can happen,” Martin said. “I think we’re in a good spot right now, and if we will keep doing what we are doing, I think that we will be very, very strong at the end of the year and there will be some good opportunities for us.”

After a controlling win, the Falcons got to see alumni Saturday for the Jean Campbell Alumni Meet.

Ball State will come to Cooper Pool Oct. 24 to start the conference and dual meet season.

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