BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-The Western Kentucky University swimming and diving team earned it first win of the 2012-13 season over Delta State on Saturday afternoon, as the women's team took a 188-83 victory and the men defeated the Statesmen 168-124.
"It was good, it was good to be able to race someone other than ourselves with the main thing being finding a lot of things out about the newcomers and the freshmen, and we saw a lot of good things today," WKU head coach Bruce Marchionda said. "We saw them get up and race, be competitive and some of the things we have been working on in practice getting translated in the races. That was a positive thing. Overall, I was really pleased with where we are."
Fifteen different Lady Toppers and Hilltoppers won events in the meet, including five winning multiple contests.
On the women's side, sophomore Ashley Forsyth took the distance events with a 10:19.75 in the 1000 free and 5:02.53 in the 500 free. Sophomore Susan Marquess won the 200 free, as she stopped the clock at 1:52.87 while also earning a great time in the 100 fly at 57.73. Sophomore Paige Drazga touched the wall at 24.33 in the 50 free for a first-place finish while freshman Michelle Craddock finished first in the 100 free with a 53.37 time.
Sophomore Allie Duff swept the backstroke, as she clocked in at 56.88 in the 100 back and 2:00.72 in the 200. Fellow classmate Claire Conlon also took both the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:05.76 and 2:21.99, respectively.
Sophomore Hannah Runyon-Hass added points after taking first in the 200 butterfly at 2:04.99 while putting up the fastest time in th 200 IM at 2:05.51.
For the men, junior Heitor Rodrigues took first in two fly events and one free. Rodrigues took times of 49.30 in the 100 fly and 1:51.35 in the 200 fly while finishing at 47.18 in the 100 free. Senior Billy Kunkel also had multiple top times, as he placed first in the 100 breast with a time of 56.58 and in the 500 free after touching the wall at 4:37.29.
Senior David Rayner helped open the day with a win in the 1000 free, finishing at 9:52.73 while senior Adam Dajka won the 200 back at 1:51.95 and freshman Connor Dwyer placed first in the 200 breast with a 2:08.67 time. In the 200 IM, sophomore Loui Little put up one of the top times at 1:56.94.
The teams' relays opened and closed the meet with strong points, as both the men's and women's 200 medley relay teams took first. The women's team consisted of Runyon-Hass, junior Amy Halligan, sophomore Rebecca Hatcher and freshman Tara Blanzy while the men won with junior Neal Rushing, Dwyer, freshman David Owens and junior Richard Russell.
The women's free relay of Drazga, Blanzy, Hatcher and junior Courtney Marx finished the day with a time of 1:39.11.
On the boards, senior Caitlin Dean and freshman Giorgi Meyer each earned a first-place score, as Dean took the three meter after receiving 278.76 while Meyer won the one meter with a 310.73 score. Dean finished with a score of 266.85 on the one meter while Meyer took a 290.03 on the three meter.WKU returns to the pool on October 27 at 1 p.m. for its annual Red and White Scrimmage before the men head to Chicago to face Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago on November 2 while the women go to Nashville the November 3 to compete against Vanderbilt and Tulane.