By: Dylan DeWitt
Regular season came to an end for the University of Findlay men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams last Friday, Jan. 26. The teams celebrated senior night as they took on the Tiffin Dragons at home.
Outscoring the Lady Dragons 228-43, many of the seniors were highlighted in victories for the Oilers in Sink Natatorium. They included Emma Barnes with victories in the 50 and 100 yard backstroke, Corrina Talamo in the 1000 yard freestyle, and Rachel Farmer with a victory in the 50 yard breaststroke. The trio of swimmers also were also able to grab another victory in the water with Alyssa Sauter for a 200 yard freestyle relay win.
The men finished off strong as well with a victory of 213-98. Senior Janko Radmanovic won the 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, and 200 yard individual medley while Senior Ben Rath won the 500 yard freestyle.
Senior Corrina Talamo says the night was a success.
“I think Senior Night went really well, it was really successful,” said Talamo. “It was a very fun night, I’m going to miss my teammates.”
While both teams compiled victories against the Dragons, the women’s team went on to make history. The “Women of the Waters” were the first team in program history to have an undefeated record at home. These victories came against Tiffin University, Saginaw Valley State University, Ashland University, Wayne State, Lewis University, and Hillsdale College. The women’s victory over Wayne State also marked the first time in program history the Oilers were triumphant over the Wayne State Warriors.
As the regular season comes to an end, both the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams will begin their preparation for the four-day GMAC competition. The conference championship will take place Feb. 14-17 in Canton, Oh. There are multiple swimmers on the team looking to take home a conference title, in addition to bringing home a team title to Findlay.
With postseason coming in roughly two weeks, the swimmers have their eyes on the prize.