Ball State Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Rounds Out the Busy Weekend

After a three-game weekend from Jan. 28-30, Ball State’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach J. Agnew said, “Despite finishing with wins and losses, they performed and gave their full effort every race.

“[We] had a lot of races, got several wins,” said Agnew. “I think we were excited, but in every race we were in it.”

Men’s Ball State Swimming (2-1, 0-1 MAC) defeated Bellarmine (2-4) 162-100 Jan 28, while Women’s Ball State Swimming (3-3, 1-3 MAC) defeated Bellarmine (3-6 ) 157-99.

Women’s Swimming took a total of 10 wins against Bellarmine. Junior Shelby Crist, senior Alex Bader, freshman Hannah Jones and freshman Gracey Payne won the 400 medley relay with a finishing time of 3:55.63. Sophomore Mary Kate Phillips took first in the 1000 freestyle with a finishing time of 10:42.71. Phillips also took first in the 500 freestyle, finishing 5:15.61.

Junior Apsara Sakbun, junior Sydney Dygert, junior Gracie Saulman, sophomore Marcella Ribeiro, sophomore Laura Wright and freshman Abby Hartshorne also recorded individual victories.

In the win against Bellarmine, Men’s Swimming took a total of eight wins. Freshman Ethan Pheifer, sophomore Joey Garberick, junior Bryce Handshoe and junior Owen Chaye finished with a 3:30.37 first place in the 400 medley relay. Garberick was first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and recorded finishing times of 57.97 and 2:07.98. Garberick won the 200 freestyle relay along with Chaye, junior Jack Wolfred and senior Duncan McLarty with a finishing time of 1:25.15.

Chaye, Pheifer, Handshoe, Wolfred and junior Landyn Riester also placed first in individual events.

As the Cardinals celebrated Senior Day at the Lewellen Aquatic Center on Jan. 29, the women’s swimming and diving fell at the expense of defending Mid-American Conference (MAC) champions Buffalo 158-141. Ribeiro took first in the 400 and 800 freestyle and finished with finishing times of 4:02.36 and 8:20.25.

Ball State Senior Alex Bader swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-meter medley relay on Oct. 30 at the Lewellen Aquatic Center. The cardinal relay team won the event with a time of 1:44.76.

Sophomore Sophia Kuehn took first place in the 200 individual medley with a finishing time of 2:09.27, while Sakbun, Saulman, Jones and Payne won the 200 freestyle relay together with a finishing time of 1:25.15. Freshman Ashleigh Provan won the 3 meter dive with a score of 279.68.

Wright won the 150 breaststroke with a finishing time of 1:41.47, while Bader won the 100 breaststroke with a finishing time of 1:04.28. Bader said Ball State understood Buffalo’s challenge and thought the excitement helped in the competition.

“We knew that we were in this competition that it was going to be difficult,” Bader said. “We were excited to get in here and race the defending MAC champions. Our spirits were high, this was the last meeting before the MAC [championship]. We gave everything.”

Ball State totaled 628 points in the Butler Invitational on January 30, finishing behind Xavier (780) and the University of Indianapolis (747). The Cardinals had two runners-up in Garberick and Handshoe. Garberick set a final time of 2:07.82 in the 200 breaststroke while Handshoe clocked a final time of 51.13 in the 100 butterfly.

Head Coach J. Agnew was proud of how the Cardinals performed all weekend.

“Obviously you can’t predict the results,” Agnew said. “But it was great to see how the teams took up the challenges.”

Ball State Men’s Swimming and Diving returns to action against Valparaiso on February 5. The first dive is at 1:00 PM. Ball State Women’s Swimming and Diving will compete against Indianapolis University on Feb. 5 in a diving-only event. The meeting starts at 1:00 PM

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