Women’s Swimming & Diving Secures Steady Win


Sophomore Paula Garcia during a previous dual against Buffalo. (Image via Ernie Aranyosi)

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Akron Women’s Swimming and Diving team defeated Ball State in a Mid-American Conference dual.

Currently, in the NCAA rankings, the Zips sit at number 22 while Ball State is unranked.

The Zips managed to place first in every event except for the one-meter, three-meter diving events and the 100 backstrokes.

In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, sophomore Paulina Nogaj (Radom, Poland), sophomore Paula Garcia (Madrid, Spain), senior Sadie Fazekas (Windsor, Ontario) and senior Ragen Engel (Springfield, Ohio), brought the top time of 1:45.50.

The Zips took the top two places in the 500 freestyle event with freshman Avery Movold (Prince George, British Columbia) taking first with a time of 5:04.38 and sophomore Brooke Lamoureux (Belleville, Ontario) touching second.

Ball State held on to the top three scored within the one-meter dive, however senior Karly Crail (Edgewood, Ky.) came in fourth with a score of 237.08

In the three-meter dive, Crail placed second with a score of 268.35.

For the 400 individual medleys, junior Jackie Pash (Carmel, Ind.) set a time of 4:23.15, which broke the record that had been set in 2015. Akron also held second and third place for this event.

In the final event, Akron’s A relay team swam a time of 3:32.15 in the 400 freestyle relay to cap of the 176-121 win.

“I think the girls did a great job today,” said head coach Brian Peresie said to GoZips.com. “… I’m happy with how they conducted themselves on the pool deck and just got up and raced today.”

The Zips have the weekend off, but return to the water Nov. 16-18, when they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in the Magnus Cup Invitational.