Ball State downs Akron, falls to Eastern Michigan

The Ball State Women's swimming and diving team had a split decision at Eastern Michigan this weekend. The team defeated the Akron Zips, 155.5-144.5, and fell to the host Eagles 166-128.

The Cardinals might have swept their second straight conference dual meet if it were not for an odd set of circumstances.

"Everything that could have gone wrong this weekend did go wrong," head coach Laura Seibold-Caudill said. "The team bus broke down on the way to the meet, and then we had a fire alarm go off in the middle of the diving competition. We had to go stand outside for a half hour before we could come back in."

Seibold-Caudill also said that nagging injuries, sicknesses and false starts contributed to the loss against Eastern Michigan.

Freshman breaststroker Karla Bailey's performance was hampered by the flu and junior distance swimmer Sarah Cashdollar contended with shoulder problems.

Ball State won two events overall, taking the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke.

Competition was so tight for second place that it came down to the meet's final event to decide who would win between Akron and Ball State.

Five days after being named Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week, Dee Dee Wolverton had a season- and team-best time (1:56.00) in the 200 freestyle. Wolverton beat out Eastern Michigan's Nancy Arnold by four-tenths of a second. The win clinched the Cards' second-place finish.-á

Senior co-captain Kate Willets had the team's only other top performance by winning the 200 breaststroke (2:29.19). Teammate Karla Bailey opted not to compete due to her sickness.

"We swam well considering all the odd things that happened," Seibold-Caudill said. "Now we have to start preparing more for MAC Championships."

After picking up a win and a loss in the dual conference meet, the Cards are now 7-6 overall, and 4-2 in MAC competition.


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