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Falcons continue success in Eastern Michigan Invite

Bowling Green swimming and diving had another successful weekend, finishing second at the Eastern Michigan Invite. The Falcons won eight events and saw two swimmers make NCAA B qualifying cuts.

“The team did a good job staying behind each other and standing up for every race and racing hard,” said head coach Petra Martin. “We did some mixing and matching a little bit, a little playing with the lineup.”

Estela Davis made NCAA B cuts in the 200-yard backstroke, breaking the Eastern Michigan University pool record with a time of 1:57.80.

Davis continued with fast times in the 100-yard backstroke, making another NCAA B cut qualifying time.

Daniela Carrillo added to her NCAA B cut times, finishing first in the 200 breaststroke at 2:14.27.

“It feels pretty good,” Carrillo said. “That was definitely one of my goals and getting to it again was pretty cool. It feels pretty satisfying.”

Kristin Filby recorded a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke, but placed first in the 100.

The Falcons saw victoria Griffin grab first place in the 50 freestyle.

Martin said the team is gaining experience from other meets and it’s carrying over.

“We got a lot of better times than we did at Georgia, too,” Martin said. “And we had some people that didn’t swim at Georgia, so it was their opportunity to do an invite and they did a pretty good job.”

The team will see the EMU pool later in the year during Mid-American Conference Championships. Martin said the team was able to gain valuable insight into the technical side of things that they will use for championships.

“It was good that we went,” Martin said. “We figured a couple different things with the pool, what we need to be aware of when we go back there in February. It was good.”

The Falcons will have more than one month before competing in their next meet. Martin said it’s a good time for a break, but also to focus on what matters most.

“We have done a good amount of racing for now,” Martin said. “Obviously with exams next week things are going to be a little bit lighter. But then we need to get back into it and train some more in uninterrupted training. That’s what’s necessary at this point.”

Carrillo said technicalities can be worked on, but the team is on a good track looking at the past races.

“We’ll definitely keep working on the same things,” Carrillo said. “Obviously we’re all doing something right as a team. So keep doing the same, try to do some things better. Just keep focus.”

Bowling Green will be back at Cooper Pool Jan. 16 to face Michigan State University and Marshall University.

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