The 10th ranked Statesmen defeated the Henderson State University Reddies 145-85 in a men’s dual meet, while the fifth ranked Lady Statesmen cruised past the HSU Lady Reddies 162-43 and edged out the eighth ranked West Florida Lady Argonauts 131-100. Henderson State and West Florida both compete in the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference. West Florida doesn’t have a men’s swim team.
Delta State swimming head coach Dan’l Murray said both Henderson State and West Florida proved to be tough in the water.
“With our program, we’re always ready to get up and swim against Henderson just because they’re a in conference rival, and we get to swim them multiple times through out the year,” Murray said. “I was real pleased with our efforts on both side in men’s and women’s competition. West Florida is a brand new team that is going to be in our conference this year, and they are very strong in sprint and diving events and I felt like we held our own against them. West Florida’s coach as them going in the right direction right out of the gate.”
In women’s action for DSU, Melanie Tombers won the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.96), the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.46) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.87); Anastasia Klyarovskaya won the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.11) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.34); Dani Meerholz won the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.10) and Maria Torres won the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:45.21).
The relay team of Klyarovskaya, Kristen Stroven, Danielle Dugas and Chloe Bennett won the 400-yard individual medley relay race with a time of 3:57.12.
In the men’s competition, Matteo Fraschi won the 200-yard individual medley (1:52.93) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:04.61), Bryce Anderson won the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:44.60), Fabrice Wendel won the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.42), Bear Iles won the 50-yard freestyle (21.39), Matt Swaine won the 1-meter dive (294.30), Jared Meredith won the 100-yard freestyle (47.85) and Vlad Zinca won the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.65) to lead DSU in the individual events. Fraschi’s time in the 200-yard breaststroke set a school record.
The relay team of Wendel, Fraschi, Zinca and IIes won the 400-yard medley relay race with a time of 3:26.58 to round out the first place finishes for the Statesmen.
Friday evening was also senior night for DSU as seniors Elizabeth Frye, Kelcie Winterrowd, Jake Blegen, Clayton Boyd, Gabe Cruz, Enirque Cruz, Michael DuBose, Torres and IIes were honored.
Delta State will hit the road for its final meet of the regular season on Feb. 1st as the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen will compete in a meet at West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. The Statesmen and Lady Statesmen will begin their postseason on Feb. 19 when they host the NSISC Championship meet at the DSU Aquatic Center.