The Bowling Green State University swim team has its final preseason test Friday, Oct. 12 as the Falcons welcome Mid-American Conference rivals Toledo and Akron, along with Youngstown State, for the annual Tom Stubbs Relays, held at BGSU's Cooper Pool at 4 p.m.
The meet features a series of ten relays, including the 200 and 400 medley relay, 3x100 butterfly, 3x100 backstroke, 3x100 breaststroke, 3x500 freestyle, 4x100 individual medley and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Schools will have the opportunity to enter multiple teams for each race.
The contest gives this year's team its first chance to swim against opposing teams, after racing in the Orange versus Brown intrasquad meet earlier this month.
"Our team is excited about the opportunity to race other teams," said head coach Petra Martin. "It's an exciting meet with some unusual relays that give us a great start to the season and also the opportunity to experience a little different meet format. Everyone on the team is ready to race and have some fun."
Last year at the Tom Stubbs Relays, the Falcons set two meet records en route to claiming two event victories on the day. Returners Emily Bennet, Brittany Szekely and Allie Reynolds teamed up with Sarah Reinink to set a new meet standard in the 200 freestyle relay, winning in 1:36.16 - nearly a full second ahead of second-place Toledo. The team of Jen Beatty, Bennet, Szekely and Reinink then combined to win the 400 free relay in a record time of 3:31.10.
The University of Toledo, who went on to win the MAC Championship at the end of last season, took the top spot in eight of ten races, setting five meet records in the process. The Falcons were not far behind, finishing second in five of those races.
The young Falcons raced in their first intrasquad test last week - the annual Orange versus Brown exhibition. The Brown team, led by junior transfer Joëlle Scheps, pulled out a narrow victory, with Scheps winning four races to lead her team. Senior Emily Bennet also put up four wins and looks strong heading into her final season. Bennet currently holds the second-fastest times in BGSU history in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
The Falcons open the regular season by hosting a tri-meet with Wayne State and Ashland on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.