Wayne State’s men’s and women’s swim and dive teams faced off against Calvin College at the Matthaei Natatorium on Nov. 16.

The men’s team posted a 136-79 win while the women’s team won their meet 149-87. WSU won first in all 26 events during the meet.

In the first event of the competition, WSU won the 200-yard medley­­, with senior Dima Drobnych, junior Sasha Palazzo, senior Rasmus Olsen and junior Ryan Katulski posting a time of 1:29.35.

The women’s team also won, with junior Ashlen Michalski, sophomore Jia Yi Koh, freshman Julia Brunner and senior Lezlie Bueno Estrada taking first in the event with a time of 1:48.02.

Yi Koh said the team gets a surge of adrenaline from the added stakes of the 200-yard medley.

“Most of the time in meets, relays are worth twice the points, so we get really pumped up for the relays,” Yi Koh said.

Olsen also finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, posting a time of 49.02, just eclipsing the NCAA standard of 49.13.

Head coach Sean Peters said that Olsen performed well during the competition.

“He had a great race (and) he was within two-tenths of the pool record, which was just a really fantastic swim,” Peters said.

Peters also acknowledged the efforts of junior Ahmed Ahmed, who took first place in the 1650-yard freestyle and posted the quickest time in the 500-yard freestyle with 4:47.61.

“It was a close 500 (yard) race and he really put his head down and tried to make that happen,” Peters said.

After the meet, Peters said that it’s rare to see every unit on the team perform the way they did versus Calvin.

“Overall, I think the team did fantastic,” Peters said. “It’s not often that you get that kind of performance from everyone.”

Olsen said that the team’s performance against the Knights can serve as motivation as the team heads into its next meet at the Dennison Invitational Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

“This keeps us motivated going into this big meet in two weeks at Dennison, where we are going to swim really fast,” Olsen said.

As the team enters the halfway portion of its schedule, Peters said he likes the upward direction of both teams.

“I like where our men are at,” Peters said. “I think they are really dominating overall, and for our women this will be a good chance for them to take that next step to try to be a contender.”

Both squads improved to 3-1 with the win. WSU’s swim and dive teams’ final home meet of the season will be Jan. 18 versus Findlay University.


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