Ruehl Establishes Pool Record En Route to Second Gold
GENEVA, Ohio – Senior Bridgette Ruehl defended her 2013 200 breast MAC title on Saturday in the 2014 MAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships en route to earning First Team All-MAC honors. Classmate and co-captain Haley Richter earned her third medal of the event after winning a bronze in the 100 free to also receive First Team All-MAC accolades. Seniors Emily Wisolek and Mallory Miles were named to the Second Team All-MAC.
Ruehl established a pool record after turning in a season-best time of 2:11.89 in the 200 breast to earn her second gold of the championships. The senior successfully defended both of her titles from 2013. Richter turned in the second-fastest 100 free time in school history after clocking a lifetime-best time of 50.02 in the event finals for bronze.
Wisolek was the third Cardinal to advance to an event final in the last day of the championships and she finished eighth in the 200 back with a time of 2:00.82. The senior touched with a season-best time of 1:59.96 in the morning preliminaries.
Miles earned ninth place in the consolation finals of the 200 back after turning in lifetime best 1:59.45. That time makes Miles just the second woman in Ball State history to go under two minutes, joining teammate Emily Wisolek who holds the program record at 1:58.73 set in 2013.
Senior Stacey Wierman finished ninth in the consolation finals of the 200 breast after turning in a season-best time of 2:16.73. Junior Carlena Magley earned a lifetime best in the 100 free consolation finals, finishing 13th with a time of 51.13. That time puts Magley third in program history in the event.
All three Cardinals who swam in the 1650 free earned season bests led by junior Kayla Hussey who finished 15th with a time of 17:01.10. Senior Cheyanne Jackson and junior Leighann Mattson turned in lifetime bests with times of 17:14.59 and 17:16.60 for 20th and 22nd place, respectively.
In the 200 back preliminaries, freshmen Allie Kolz and Kimberly Scott both earned lifetime bests with times of 2:04.62 and 2:08.92. In the 200 breast preliminaries, senior Sumaiyah Ahmad touched with a season best of 2:23.54.
The 100 free saw freshmen Audrey Rodawig and Jessica Extine and juniors Jordan VanWinkle and Elaine Pitsas all earn lifetime bests. Rodawig now sits in 10th place in the school record books in the event after clocking a 51.74 in the morning preliminaries. VanWinkle finished in a 52.39 while Extine and Pitsas touched at 52.59 and 52.99, respectively.
The 400 free relay of Magley, Rodawig, Extine and Richter turned in a season-best time of 3:26.05 which ranks fourth-best in school history.
Ball State finished the championships in eighth place with 334 points. The University of Akron won the team title after earning 574 points.
Check balllstatesports.com for more news and information on Ball State women’s swimming and diving.