ST. PETERS, MO. & O’FALLON, IL. – In what could be touted as one of the fastest DII meets before the championship season, the Greyhound swimming & diving teams excelled and swept both sides of the meet. The No. 7-ranked women took home the first place finish on 563 points overall, keeping ahead of No. 2-ranked Drury by a final of 19 points. The No. 2-ranked men bounced back from a loss yesterday with their 527.67 points, overcoming No. 4 McKendree on Saturday by 87.67 points.
Both teams were propelled by diving, one of the many strong points of the swimming & diving teams. Payton Staman led the charge with a sweep on both men’s boards, totaling 324. 25 points on one-meter and 353.45 points on three-meter. What was even more impressive though was the rest of the men’s diving squad, taking second and third as well on one-meter and places two through five on the three-meter. Kendra Seymour was the leading Greyhound diver for the women, finishing fourth on the one-meter with 183 points and third overall in the three-meter with 189.4 points.
“We were a completely unified group today, and it was absolutely insane,” praises Head Diving Coach Dave McKown. “Our underclassmen ladies answered the call and stepped up for their team today, stood their ground and scored some critical points for our team.”
The swimmers on the women’s side took a handful of events on Saturday, including two student-athletes who won multiple events. Marizel van Jaarsveld stood above the rest in the women’s 200 IM on her 2:04.74 time, while also taking another individual win with her 1:04.97 in the 100 breast. Edda Skoric also took home two wins on the day, this time being the 100 back (57.11) and the 200 free relay (1:34.27). Krystal Caylor, Mariia Rezhylo and Leticia Vaselli were also on the winning 200 free relay. Sasha Shatskikh was the only other Greyhound to lead an event on the women’s side, taking the 200 free on her final time of 1:53.26. Shatskikh and Caylor’s time in the 200 free were under the NCAA DII B-cut standard.
Although the men won only three events, their final team score is a testament to how deep this roster is. Cody Liske was the lone swimmer on the men’s side to take an event, earning an NCAA DII B-cut standard on a final time of 4:32.93. Liske also achieved a B-cut standard in the men’s 1000 free, finishing second in the event on a 9:27.72 time. Some other notable swims include Christian Hedeen’s 500 free time of 4:34.56 was also under the NCAA B-cut, earning him third as well in the event.
“Our swimmers swam well despite a tough last couple weeks,” explains Head Coach Jason Hite. “Diving was a huge boost to put us in the top spots in a very competitive invitational.”
The Greyhounds will have some time to relax before they’re back in action, and they won’t need to travel. On November 8 and 9, the Greyhounds will invite Lewis, Bellarmine and Butler for the annual UIndy Quad Meet. The meet will commence on November 8 at 5 pm ET.
*it should also be noted that Cade Hammond broke UIndy’s three-meter, six dive record on Friday. It was left out of the recap by accident on Friday.