YOUNGSTOWN - The Bowling Green State University swim team closed out a successful weekend on the road, earning a second win at Youngstown State on Saturday, 163-122. Less than 24 hours prior, the Falcons took down Mid-American Conference opponent Akron by a score of 175-117.
Bowling Green won ten of 14 swimming events, led by Brittany Szekely who claimed wins in both sprint freestyle races. Along with Szekely, seven other Falcons earned individual wins on the day.
"We were happy with another great meet today," said head coach Petra Martin. "We swam a lot of tough events - some that they don't usually swim - but the kids did a really good job with it. We're really happy with the competitiveness we put into things, even though a lot of the events were not our main ones."
Similar to most dual meets this season, the Falcons opened the meet with a relay victory, this time in the 400 medley relay. A team of Joélle Scheps, Daniela Carrillo, Jordan Bullock and Szekely finished first at a time of 3:56.07.
Freshman Tara Capouch touched first in the 1650 freestyle (17:52.11) to bring the Falcons their first individual win of the meet. Fellow freshman Nicole Hranchook took second with a time of 18:17.69. In the next event, Emily Waller (1:55.60), Erica Nieminen (1:56.53) and Alex Poitinger (1:59.53) completed a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 freestyle.
Carrillo, who won two events against Akron on Friday, earned another win in the 100 breaststroke at Youngstown. Alexis Kain, who holds the school record in the 100- and 200 breaststroke, clinched her first win of the weekend in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.57).
Bowling Green dominated the sprint freestyle, sweeping the top three spots in both the 50- and 100 freestyle. Szekely was tops in the 50 free (52.86), followed by teammates Kain and Scheps. Szekely, Waller and freshman Kayla Effinger finished top three in the 100 freestyle, an event where Szekely broke the school record earlier this year.
Stephanie Boyle, Emily Bennet and Bullock closed out the meet, earning wins for the Falcons. Boyle finished on top in the 500 freestyle in her first time swimming the event this season (5:17.86). Bennet, coming off two individual wins at Akron, added a third on the weekend by winning the 100 butterfly (58.32), while Bullock took first in the 200 IM (2:10.64) to close out another dominant performance from the Falcons.
Bowling Green closes the regular season with a 7-7 overall record, 1-4 against MAC opponents. The Falcons now focus their sights on the MAC Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, in Buffalo, N.Y.