Swimming and Diving Teams Open Season with Losses at Wooster

On the women's side, junior Mary Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) swept both the 1m and 3m dives with scores of 234.60 and 212.25, while freshman Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) was the other event winner as she won the 100 Butterfly in her first college competition with a time of 1:03.87.


Sophomore Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow) had a solid opening meet with second place finishes in the 100 Backstroke (1:03.10), 200 Backstroke (2:16.96) and in the 200 Medley Relay (1:56.14) with Alkire, fellow sophomore Allison Davila (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) and freshman Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional).


Other top performances from the women were second place finishes from sophomore Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) in the 100 Freestyle (56.92), sophomore Tia Marquinez (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit) in the 1m dive (192.90) and senior Samantha Tecca (Northfield/Nordonia) in the 3m dive (176.95).


On the men's side, freshman Ben Davies (Willoughby/Willoughby South) posted a win in the 200 IM (2:11.92) , while the 200 Freestyle Medley team of senior Andy Neimes (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Hts), freshman Tyler Paulsen (Heath/Heath), sophomore Marcus Suffolk (Canfield/Canfield) and junior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) won the event with a time of 1:31.03.


Carlozzi also placed second in the 200 Freestyle (1:50.55) and sophomore Dominique Melvins (Woodmere/Orange) was second in the 200 IM (2:11.97) to round out the men's top performances.


Mount Union opens the home portion of the schedule next Friday (Nov. 6) hosting Hiram in a duel at the Hammond Natatorium within The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus.