EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team dropped a 182-118 decision to Michigan State Friday afternoon at the McCaffree Pool. The Cardinals won both relays as well as five individual events.
The Cardinals were led by its seniors as four seniors earned individual wins. Senior Bridgette Ruehl earned two individual event wins sweeping the 100 and 200 breast with times of 1:03.61 and 2:20.49. Classmate Haley Richter earned a win in the 100 free, touching the wall at 51.66. Fellow senior Emily Wisolek clocked a 2:09.24 to take the 200 back. Senior Cheyanne Jackson also earned an individual win in the 500 free with a 5:11.10.
Ball State got on the board first when Mallory Miles, Ruehl, Richter and Carlena Magley combined efforts in the 200 medley relay for a time of 1:45.71. Freshman Audrey Rodawig, Magley, Wisolek and Richter would help Ball State end the meet with a win clocking a season-best 3:31.85 in the 400 free relay.
In the 500 free, Kayla Hussey and Hayes would reach the touchpad in 5:23.04 and 5:25.91, respectively. Jackson earned third place in the 1000 free with a time of 10:43.61, while junior Leighann Mattson improved on her time from the Ohio meet with an 11:06.69. Freshman Genevieve Hayes turned in an 11:10.83.
Magley would earn second place for the Cardinals in the 50 free with a 24.03 while Rodawig earned fourth with a 24.36 and freshman Courtney Mudd could turn in a 25.19. In the 100 free, junior Jordan VanWinkle and freshman Jessica Extine clocked times of 54.31 and 54.73. Richter VanWinkle finished in second and third place in the 200 free with times of 1:54.37 and 1:55.67, respectively. Magley touched the wall at 1:58.36.
In the 100 fly, senior Mallory Miles finished second for the Cardinals with a time of 57.63. Rodawig was right behind in third place with a 57.91 while classmate Extine touched at 1:02.22. In the 200 fly, freshman Katie Horn earned third place with a 2:11.30. Miles and Hussey would finish with times of 2:13.65 and 2:15.87.
In the 400 IM, VanWinkle turned in a 4:42.13 for fourth place followed by Horn and Mattson with times of 4:47.81 and 5:01.40.
In the 1M diving competition, sophomore Madie Zirzow lead the way with a season-best mark of 223.35 for fourth place. Freshmen Quinn Bixler and Brittany Penn received marks of 211.42 and 189.90 while junior Jamie Denlinger earned a 178.34. Bixler and Penn earned season-best marks in the 3M with scores of 206.09 and 207.60. Denlinger received a 204.15.
Ball State is back in action on Saturday traveling to MAC foe Toledo for a 1p.m. meet.