BUFFALO, N.Y. - The women’s swimming and diving teamed earned a gold medal in the 400 medley relay on the opening day of competitions at the 2013 Women’s Swimming and Diving MAC Championships. Emily Wisolek and Mallory Miles also set school records on the day in the 500 free and 200 IM.
The 400 medley relay team smashed the school record that was set last season at the MAC Championships by nearly five seconds. Katelyn Pratt started off with a 54.78 split in the backstroke portion followed by Bridgette Ruehl who swam a 1:00.71 breaststroke leg. Haley Richter clocked a 53.12 butterfly and Carlena Magley finished off with a 51.25 freestyle anchor leg. Combined the relay swam a 3:39.86 to set a pool record. Pratt's 54.78 leg set a school-record in the backstroke.
The 200 free relay team of Carlena Magley, Elaine Pitsas, Cori Vormohr and Jillian Bischoff combined efforts to swim the fifth-fastest 200 free relay in school history with a time of 1:34.98.
In the 500 free, Emily Wisolek set a program record with a time of 4:53.16 in the preliminaries to finish fifth and advance to the championship final where she finished fifth with a time of 4:53.32. Wisolek broke a school record that has stood since 1996 when Petra Mauritzon clocked a 4:54.20.
Cheyanne Jackson became just the fourth woman all-time in Ball State history to go under five minutes, clocking a personal-best 4:58.16 in the preliminaries which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in school history. Jackson swam a 5:00.15 in the championship finals.
Mallory Miles also set a program record, breaking her previous time in the 200 IM. Miles clocked a 2:02.72 in the championship consolation finals after earning a time of 2:03.68 in the morning session.
Stacey Wierman moved into the record books in the 200 IM with her personal-best time of 2:05.57. That swim was the fifth-fastest in Ball State history.
Mackenzie Imbro and Bridgette Ruehl also swam personal-bests with times of 2:07.05 and 2:07.06 which put them just outside the top-10 in Ball State all-time history. Jackie Igesias swam a 2:08.24 while Sumaiyah Ahmad turned in a personal-best 2:13.16. Larah Beaver clocked a season-best time of 2:13.23.
Leighann Mattson also set a personal-best time in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.36. Kayla Hussey clocked a 5:19.63 in the event.
In the 50 free, Carlena Magley was the top finisher for the Cardinals placing 18th with a time of 23.87 in the preliminaries. Jillian Bischoff swam a personal-best 24.07 and classmate Cori Vormohr followed suit with a personal-best time of 24.20. Elaine Pitsas also clocked a lifetime best with a 24.41.
In the 1-meter diving competition, Natalie Grissom scored a mark of 224.65 while Madie Zirzow tallied a 216.20.
After the first day of competition, Ball State sits in eighth place with 87 points. Miami leads the event with 191 points.
The excitement continues tomorrow with morning and afternoon sessions. All the action can be followed at mac-sports.com.