Another Dominating Day at G-MAC/MEC Championships

Photo Credit: Edward Smith
Photo Credit: Edward Smith


Canton, OH - The University of Findlay men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the second day of the GMAC/MEC Championships on Thursday, February 15. Findlay had another dominant performance, with the women holding their first place spot with a total of 984 and the men staying ahead of the field with 915 total points.

To start off the scoring, Oiler diver Dalton Shevlin took silver in the one meter dive with a score of 425.85. Fellow Oiler Tyler Adkins claimed third with a score of 342.65.

After a strong performance in the prelims, the Oiler swimmers began their finals with the women and men sweeping gold in their respective 200 freestyle relays.

The women's team composed of Amanda Stiegal, Hanna Cederholm, Julia Snell, and Lauren Blanchard set a new school record with a B -cut time of 1:34.16. This time eclipsed their time of 1:35.02 set earlier in the year.

The men's 200 freestyle relay team of Janko Radmanovic, Conner Whitaker, Isaac Stretch, and Trent Williams took the top spot on the podium with a time of 1:22.87.

Emma Barnes tore through the field in the 400 yard individual medley, achieving a B-cut time of 4:28.47 to claim the gold.

The men's 400 yard IM captured more precious metal for the Oilers, with Parker Bull taking first with a 4:05.59 finish and Nathan Ledetto taking second with a time of 4:12.29.

The Oilers had a clean sweep of the 100 yard fly, with Hanna Cederholm, Katy Kouvaris, and Ashton Klopp taking first, second, and third respectively. Cederholm finished with a B-cut time of 56.1, Kouvaris came in at 57.07, followed by Klopp at 57.27.

The men followed suit by also sweeping the top three spots on the podium. Janko Radmanovic finished at a B-cut time of 48.41 to claim the gold, Conner Whitaker took silver with a time of 50.72, and Trent Williams nabbed the bronze with a 51.12 finish.

Amanda Stiegal was the runner-up in the women's 200 yard freestyle race, being edged out at the final touch by one one-hundredth of a second. Her B-cut time of 1:51.16 replaced her own school record set earlier in the season.

Ben Rath snagged gold in the men's 200 yard free, finishing at 1:41.22 from the outside lane.

The women wrapped up day number two with a victory in the 400 yard medley relay. The team was made up of Cederholm, Stiegal, Kouvaris, and Kathryn Samuelson finished with a provisional cut time of 3:47.66.

The men also finished their night strong, claiming gold in the 400 yard medley relay while setting a new school record with a provisional cut time of 3:22.18. The team, made up of Stretch, Radmanovic, Williams, and Trae Gulgin, beat the school record set by the 2016 Findlay swimmers.

The Oilers will be back in the pool tomorrow, February 16, for the third day of the GMAC/MEC Championships. The day will consist of prelims and finals for 10 swimming events, along with the women's one meter diving championship. Prelims are set to begin at 10:00 AM with the finals at 6:30 PM.