Swim and dive show signs of struggle in first season losses

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The Cardinal swim and dive teams traveled to Marquette to take on GLIAC opponents Northern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University on Saturday, Nov. 3, where both the men and women found losses.

The Cardinal men’s team fell to Northern, 236-57, as well as Grand Valley, 204-76. The women also lost both matchups, falling 20095 and 214-84 to the Wildcats and Lakers, respectively. Both teams suffered their first losses of the season.

The lone first place for the women came from junior Alexa Bloom in her 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.74. Bloom was also runner-up in her 100-meter butterfly event and claimed third place in her 100-meter freestyle.

Senior Lydia Mattar also placed well for the Cardinals, claiming second place in both her 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events with times of 1:06.45 and 2:23.31. She also took third in the 200 IM.

The Cardinal men were led by sophomore Justin Ott. He placed first in the three-meter dive contest with a score of 255.05.

Ott took second in his one-meter dive, receiving 210.15 points for his effort.

Saginaw Valley head coach Bruce Zimmerman looks forward after the two losses on Saturday.

“The meet was a mixed bag of results,” Zimmerman said. “We had some strong swims and improved performances, along with some sub-par performances. This meet really showed us how much work still needs to be done in order to compete with the best in the GLIAC.”

The men and women look to redeem themselves when they hit the pool again on Saturday, Nov. 10. The women will compete against both Davenport University and Valparaiso, and the men will take on Valparaiso. Action is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Saginaw Valley.