Junior Isaac Walling swims in the 1000 freestyle against Tiffin University on Nov. 5 at Lewellen Aquatic Center. The Ball State men's swim and dive team started the second half of the season losing to IUPUI and Xavier in the dual meet Jan. 6. Patrick Murphy // DN File
Ball State men's swim and dive tops Tiffin
Ball State men’s swim and dive beat Tiffin University by the final score of 162.5-74.5 Nov. 5 at Lewellen Aquatic Center.
“We are making great progress at this point,” head swimming coach Bob Thomas said. “Right now this is our third weekend of competition and I’m looking forward to the next meet.”
The most exciting event of the day was Thomas’ personal favorite: the 400-yard individual medley.
“This event involves all four strokes and the amount of condition they are in,” Thomas said.
Freshman Ben Andrew swam event in a time of 4:26.56, just short of his target time.
“My goal for this event was to be around 4:25,” Andrew said. “I’m looking forward to swim that event more in the season.”
During the meet, junior Isaac Walling swam the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 10:12.53. But Walling had some personal problems in the race.
“During the race, my goggles filled up and I did not have enough to eat,” Walling said. “It did not turn out exactly how I planned, but it was still a great swim.”
Later in the meet, Walling fixed those two problems in the 500 freestyle. In this race, he ended up getting first, with a time of 4:56.57.
Head diving coach Nick Gayes thought his divers improved.
“I think we much more consistently,” Gayes said. “We spent a lot of work on the little things, like better entry and start.”
From the last meet, Gayes said sophomore Gabe Dean has improved his dives.
“To me Gabe’s performance stood out more,” Gayes said. “Because I feel like he is making more progress that I wanted to see.”
In the meet, Dean had a season-best score on three-meter diving of 216.02
“One of the things that coach talked about was our takeoffs [the moment when a diver leaves the board and execution of the dive begins] are better,” Dean said. “Now the only thing we [divers] need to work is putting those dives away.”
The Cardinals' next home meet is against Evansville Jan. 28.