Cardinals defeat four opponents over weekend

Women's swim team runs consecutive win streak to six.

The women's swimming and diving team defeated four opponents this weekend as it continued on its path of dominance. On Friday night, at the Natatorium at IUPUI, the team (7-1 overall, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) dumped IUPUI 70-43 and upended Western Illinois 74-39. Then on Saturday, the team swept a dual meet it hosted at Lewellen Aquatics Center by beating Illinois-Chicago 98-41 and handling Xavier 81-54. With the victories, Ball State has notched three-straight dual meet victories and has defeated six-consecutive opponents.

At IUPUI's Natatorium, which has been the site of several past U.S. Olympic Trials, the 200-meter medley relay team began the meet with an win (1:53.31). Six women also had individual first-place finishes on the night.

Freshman Danielle Fisher was among the notables with her time (10:42.64) in the 1000-meter freestyle relay. Divers Cassandra Pavlovich and Paige Vernasco won the 1- and 3-meter diving events, respectively.

"I mixed up the freestyle and I had several people swim distance," head coach Laura Seibold-Caudill said. "Friday's meet gave us an opportunity to see where our others strengths are. I think that Danielle Fisher would make a good distance swimmer as well as a middle distance swimmer."

"I love swimming in the Natatorium, because you get a different feeling there," freshman Michelle Braden said. "The meet went really well and we got a chance to get everyone competing. Conference competition is definitely tougher than these exhibitions, but thus far I have felt really well about my swims."

The Cardinals returned home with a dominating performance in another dual meet, Saturday. The team's effort was good enough to clinch 10 of 16 events outright against the Xavier Musketeers and the Flames of Illinois-Chicago.

Sophomore Michelle Arakgi set things off on the right foot by taking the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:41.72. Sarah King was able to keep her spectacular sophomore campaign going with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and a second place result in the 100-yard freestyle.

"I felt pretty good today, especially in the 50-freestyle," King said. "It was nice because I swam the exact same time. I have been very tired this week and it's good to know that I could still hang on to it."

The freshman class also continued to shine on Saturday. First-year swimmer and Terre Haute native Danielle Fisher teamed with junior Joey Duncan to finish one-two in the 500-yard freestyle relay. In the meanwhile, freshman Michelle Braden (2:28.28) and sophomore Kelly McDonald matched their performance in the 200 breaststroke.


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