The Blitz: Feb. 1, 2017

Melissa Deatsch, Sports Editor

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Swimming and diving

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams emerged victorious in their matchup against Cleveland State University on Friday, Jan. 27.  Oakland brought home many first-place finishes in a variety of events.

Micah DeJonge won the 500 free and 1,000 free (4:41.52; 9:38.72). Grace Shinske brought back three first-place finishes in the 100 back (57.57), 200 back (2:04.87) and 200 medley relay (1:44.64), with teammates Rachel Waite, Takara Martin and Holly Morren.

Wait also won the 100 breakstroke (1:04.96) and Patricia Aschan won the 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke and 100 IM (2:06.60; 2:20.59; 59.07).  Also adding wins for the women: Hannah Burgess in the 1,000 free (10:40.37), Katie Colwell in the 100 free (52.23) and Alysse Fischer the 500 free (5:07.89).  Additionally, the relay time of Morren, Arynn de Leeuw, Amber Lefler and Colwell won the 200 free relay (1:35.13).

On the men’s team, Jacob Pearson won the 200 free (1:41.86), and Aaron Helander won the 200 fly (1:52.08). Following suit were Paul Huch in the 50 free (20.90), Joe Smith in the 1- and 3-meter boards (343.05, 362.40), and Ayrton Kasemets in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.22).

The women’s team will return to action for their final regular season competition of the year, taking on Bowling Green at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3 at home.

Women’s basketball

The women’s basketball split their road trip this past weekend. The two-game stretch began with Northern Kentucky University on Friday, Jan. 27. The Golden Grizzlies took down the Norse 61-47. Leah Somerfield led the way with a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds

The Golden Grizzlies were not as successful, however, against the Wright State Raiders on Sunday, Jan. 29. Despite Taylor Gleason’s team-high 16 points, four steals and four assists, and Taylor Jones’ 12 points and season-high eight rebounds, Oakland fell to the Raiders 84-66.

The split road trip brings the Golden Grizzlies to 5-5 in the Horizon League. Oakland returns to the Blacktop to face Green Bay at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Track and field

Both track and field teams traveled to Saginaw Valley State University to compete in the Jet’s Pizza Invitational. Four student-athletes broke school records and Oakland recorded nine first-place finishes.

Dana Tessmer broke her own pole vaulting school record, placing third with a mark of 11 feet, 11.25 inches. Bryce Stroede won the 3,000m, breaking his own school record of 8:10.7.

Corey Goodloe also won and broke his own school record in the 400m (48.69). Zach Stadnika finished second and shattered the school record in the heptathlon (4,910 points).

Other first-place finishers included Andriana Smith in the 60m (7.84), Ashley Burr in the 3,000m (9:54.85), Andrew Storm in the 60-meter hurdles (8.44), Austin Dawn in the 800m (1:55.07), Nick Girodat in the 200m (21.64) and Gino Vitella in the shotput (55 ft., 5.75 in.).

The 4x400m relay team consisting of Zach Joyce, Nathan Holland, Storm and Goodloe also took home the gold, with a time of 3:20.36.

Women’s tennis

The women’s tennis team fell to Eastern Michigan University 6-1 on Saturday, Jan 28. Samantha Galloway won the No. 5 singles match (7-5, 6-0) and was the only one to win her singles matchup.

The Golden Grizzlies also dropped their doubles matchup, falling to the Eagles 6-2 and 6-3 with an unfinished No. 3 doubles match.

The Black and Gold return to the court Saturday, Feb. 11, to take on Morgan State at the LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow, Ohio.