"I thought Dima Drobnych's 100 backstroke was a really, really good swim for this time of the year."

Opening up the 2017 season at home, the Warriors swim and dive teams faced out of conference rival Oakland University on Oct. 27.

Undeterred by the travel, the men's and women's Grizzly swim and dive teams had a strong showing.

Wayne State women's swim and dive lost 115-182, and the men's team lost 110-187.

The first event of the night was the 200-yard medley relay where WSU's A team took second and the men's A team of Dima Drobnych, Sasha Palazzo, Rasmus Olsen and Ryan Katulski, took first with a time of 1:31.47.

Drobnych also had a stellar performance in the 100-yard backstroke, taking first with a final time of 50.11.

Head Coach Sean Peters, in his 21st year coaching WSU, was impressed by Drobnych's time this early in the season.

"I thought Dima Drobnych's 100 backstroke was a really, really good swim for this time of the year. I don’t know where it is on the national ranking but it's a top five or six time right now in the country," Peters said.

A 400-yard medley closed out the night where the Warrior women clinched first on a team effort by Jia Yi Koh, Haley Groteler, Aliza Durack and Leslie Bueno Estrada with a time of 3:33.31.

Micah Dejonge and breaststroke swimmer Devon Nowicki, who both contributed to the first place 400 medley relay, were Oakland’s top swimmers.

Despite the loss, Peters said he is taking this meet "with a grain of salt" because it is an early meet against an out of conference opponent.

"I do believe that this was one of our better first meets," Peters said. "It doesn’t seem so against such an esteemed opponent in Oakland, but I really do feel like performances as a whole were marginally better than what we've done in the past."

He has high hopes for this squad noting freshman swimmer Haley Groteler's time in the 100-yard fly.

"I was very impressed with her time on the fly, even though she got out-touched there at the end. Her best time when she got out of high school was only marginally faster than what she did today, so I think that kids got a lot of potential there. We'll see if she can take this meet and build off of it," Peters said. "I see so much potential in front of me, I see a lot of people that can do great things here and it starts with practice, it starts with your approach there and carries over to competition."

The Warrior swim and dive teams' next meet will be at Ashland University Nov. 3 in a three-team meet against Tiffin.

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