BOWLING GREEN - The Bowling Green State University swim team lost close dual meets against Michigan State and Buffalo on Saturday in Cooper Natatorium. The Falcons fell to the Spartans, 151-143, and dropped a heartbreaker to the Bulls, 149-145.
The Falcons also celebrated senior day and the careers of four athletes who have left their mark on the program--Jen Beatty, Emily Bennet, Alexa Harris and Alexis Kain.
"We knew it was going to be a close race and it was," said head coach Petra Martin. "Out of 14 swimming events, we outscored Buffalo and Michigan State in eight. So for us, today was two big wins."
Relays remain a key strength of the team, as the Falcon relays finished in first and fourth in the 200 medley relay. A team of Harris, Kain, Jordan Bullock and Bennet claimed the win, swimming in a time of 1:45.38. In the 200 free relay, the Falcons again finished first and fourth, with a team of Bennet, Kain, Brittany Szekely and Hannah Newman touching first to beat Michigan State, 1:35.07-1:35.27.
Kain and Daniela Carrillo dominated the breaststroke, with Kain taking first in the 100 breast (1:04.00) and Carrillo winning the 200 breast (2:19.44). Kain and Carrillo finished 1-2 in both races for the Falcons.
Emily Waller and Joëlle Scheps did well in the distance races, as Waller set a season-best time of 10:28.53 in the 1000 freestyle to finish fifth and Scheps made her season debut in the 500 freestyle, recording the sixth-best time in school history (4:59.77) to finish second. In her first season with the Falcons, Scheps now holds five top-ten times in the BGSU record books.
Harris swam well in the backstroke events, taking second in the both the 100- and 200 backstroke. Fellow senior Bennet also earned points for BGSU in the 50- and 100 freestyle events. Bullock finished second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 200 butterfly, while Scheps notched another second-place finish in the 200 freestyle.
The Falcons will take a week off in preparation for a busy month of February, beginning with back-to-back road meets against Akron on Feb. 1st and Youngstown State on Feb. 2. The MAC Championships will be held Feb. 28-Mar. 2, hosted by the University of Buffalo.