Junior Tracy Muszalski swims the 1000 yard freestyle against Bowling Green on Nov. 4 at Lewellen Aquatic Center. The Cardinals lost 170-130. Terence K. Lightning Jr. // DN
Ball State women's swim and dive makes first win of season
Ball State women’s swimming and diving team beat Tiffin 200-61 in a co-ed meet Nov.5 at Lewellen Aquatic Center.
Tiffin, unlike most of Ball State’s opponents, competes at the Division II level.
“We never really see the division a team plays in as an advantage or a disadvantage,” head coach Kristy Patterson said. “We prepare the same, we execute our races the same and we finish the same way.”
The Cardinals swept the 400-yard medley relay, taking first, second and third. In the 100-yard backstroke, Ball State's top three finishers finished seven seconds before Tiffin’s lone racer touched.
Freshman Anne Vormohr had a strong day placing first in the 50-yard freestyle event and the 100-yard freestyle event.
“It’s nice to get a collegiate win,” she said. “I think it’s kind of a boost in confidence and it makes you feel that your training has transpired into your racing. It helps going into the future meets and the season can get long, so it’s always a nice refresher.”
Other notable finishes include sophomore Mason Dahman winning the 100-yard breaststroke event, sophomore Liz Madison winning the 200-yard breaststroke and freshman Cassidy Blackwin winning the 500-yard freestyle. The Cardinals also won the 400-yard freestyle relay.
“It’s definitely a big thing to get a win at any point of the season, so to get one now is good to realize we are doing things well and it’s nice to have that reward for the things that we are doing in training,” Patterson said. “The team really deserves to get a win especially as we continue to move forward. This is the first win of many.”
The Cardinals will be on the road next Nov. 11 to take on Illinois State.
Correction: A previous version of this article had the names of Mason Dahman and Cassidy Blackwin spelled incorrectly and misidentified Liz Madison as Elizabeth Madison.