The Bowling Green State university swim team continued to perform well at the Northwestern TYR Invitational, as the Falcons picked up three wins on the second day of competition. Bowling Green's relay teams continued to be the class of the field, adding another win in the 200 medley relay, while Alexis Kain and Joëlle Scheps took first in the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle events.
"I'm very proud of the girls," said head coach Petra Martin. "I think what was clear today is that we had people swimming faster at night than in the morning. That's such a crucial thing and something we've really tried to work on. Some people had a lot of events today, but were really able to hang on and step up and deliver when they needed to."
The Falcons dominated the 200 medley relay, placing both their "A" and "B" teams in the top four. The team of Alexa Harris, Kain, Brittany Szekely and Emily Bennet touched first with a season-best time of 1:42.81, ahead of Northwestern and Illinois. The "B" team, made up entirely of freshmen (Jessica Carpenter, Daniela Carrillo, Jordan Bullock and Kayla Effinger), finished fourth at 1:45.84. The Falcons have won three of four relays in Evanston so far.
Similar to the first day, several Falcon swimmers found themselves at or near the top of the standings in individual events. Scheps was the first to claim victory, swimming a 1:50.09 in the 200 freestyle - the second-fastest mark in BGSU history. Emily Waller (1:53.42) and Erica Nieminen (153.61) continued the trend of peaking in finals, setting season-bests in the event during the consolation and bonus finals.
In the next event, Kain hit her season best to win the championship final in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.10), with freshman Carrillo finishing fourth (1:04.71). Stephanie Boyle (1:06.62), Carmen Young (1:06.71) and Audrey McDonald (1:07.72) also earned points in the consolation final.
Szekely and Bullock each shaved time off their marks from prelims to finish second and third in the 100 butterfly. Both recorded their fastest times of the season, with Szekely finishing in 56.49 and Bullock in 56.61. Harris (56.33) and Bennet (57.26) finished fourth and fifth in the final of the 100 backstroke, while Haley Roberts earned points and set a season best 58.60 in the consolation final.
Sophomore Boyle continued an impressive weekend, crushing her previous career best of 4:34.03 in the 400 IM final, where she finished in 4:30.06 to place fifth. That mark is the seventh-fastest in school history, placing Boyle in the BGSU record book for the second time this weekend, after she hit the eighth-fastest time in the 200 IM Friday. Freshman Nicole Hranchook was eighth in the final, touching in 4:35.92. The Falcons wrapped up the second day with a third-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay, as a team of Scheps, Waller, Nieminen and Jen Beatty finished in a time of 7:31.10.