The Blitz: Nov. 9, 2016


Oakland ended the fall season with its third and final tournament, the Youngstown State University Invitational in Boardman, Ohio. Allison Motea (7-6, 0-6, 13-11 singles) got fourth in flight A, and Alexandra Whall (6-1, 6-3 singles) placed third in flight B. Sofia Borcuti went 4-0 on the weekend, winning every match in round-robin singles.

“This whole tournament was all about self-evaluation,” head coach Heather Redshaw said in a GrizzVision interview. “I think they learned about the conference, what it is to be playing against some bigger schools.”

Swimming and Diving

Oakland vanquished all opponents handily at a quad meet on Nov. 4-5 at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Flames Natatorium.

On the first day of competition, Oakland won 11 of 18 events. Tuomas Kiviluoma won the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.57), 100-yard fly (50.39) and 400 medley relay (3:23.27). Patricia Aschan won the 200 IM (2:04.38) and 200 free (1:51.82) and took third in the 400 medley relay (3:53.90).

On the second day, Arynn de Leeuw won the 100 IM (1:00.41) and 400 free relay (3:28.62). Katie Colwell won the 100 free (51.61). Tuomas Kiviluoma won the 100 IM (51.26) and 400 free relay (3:03.52).

Oakland’s arrival coincided with the Chicago Cubs World Series celebration.

“Trying to pull into town on a day when a miracle happens, it’s kind of tough,” head swimming coach Pete Hovland said in a GrizzVision interview.

Eastern Michigan visits Oakland at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Oakland Aquatic Center.