Lakers finish 6th, 20th at NCAAs

GVL / Emily Frye
Freshman Metin Aydin

GVL/Emily Frye

GVL / Emily Frye Freshman Metin Aydin

Brodie Orent

Grand Valley State’s swimming and diving program finished its season on a high note Saturday at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The GVSU men finished in sixth place (264 points) while the women finished in 20th (56 points).

Queens (N.C.) took home both national championships with 540.5 points on the women’s side and 433.5 points on the men’s side.

For the GVSU men, day one started out better than anyone could’ve hoped for as the team sat in first place with 94 points. The 200 medley relay team earned All-American laurels with an eighth-place finish, and six Lakers earned All-America honors individually.

“I was very happy,” said junior Gianni Ferrero, who set a school record with his second-place finish in the 200 IM (1:45.50). “The first day we were tied for first, which was the first time in Grand Valley history that it happened. The whole season was amazing, I feel like we’ve been very close as a team this year, even closer than before.”

Sophomore diver Tyler Keelean notched a school record score of 566.50 and earned All-America plaudits with a second-place finish on the 3-meter board, while diver Ian Ellis set a GVSU freshman record and earned All-America honors with his fourth-place finish (486.00).

“I’m ecstatic, everyone did well,” Keelean said. “I was just happy to be there and getting second place on both boards was overwhelming, it was over the top.”

For the Laker women, GLIAC Freshman of the Year Sam Postmus secured her first All-American laurel with a record-setting swim in the 1000 freestyle, finishing eighth (10:06:03). Postmus’ time broke the previous GVSU varsity record by five seconds and the freshman record by 22 seconds.

Postmus continued her impressive season by earning her second All-America honor with a 14th-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:26:58 – another GVSU school and freshman record.

Junior diver Taylor Wiercinski earned All-America honors in the 1-meter diving board with a score of 488.40, good for fourth place.

“We did very well, divers finished better than most of us were expecting,” Wiercinski said. “It was a long season, that is for sure. Very difficult mentally, but overall it was a good one. Divers got really close, closer than we’ve ever done before, and the swimmers this year cheered and supported us more than they have in the past and we supported them more than we had in the past.”

Senior swimmer Sven Kardol garnered All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 3:58:81, and Ferrero swam his way to his second All-America plaudit and set a GVSU record with a second-place time of 46.54 in the 100 fly.

Lakers earning All-American honors on day three were Keelean with his second, Ferrero with his third, Kardol with his second and freshman standout Metin Aydin with his first.

Aydin set a GVSU freshman record in the 100 back with a 10th-place finish and a time of 47.96.

On day four, those landing All-American honors were the 400 free relay team consisting of Nate Wagner, Ferrero, Aydin, and Gabriel Souza and Wiercinski, who earned her second All-America laurel of 2015 with a third-place finish on the 3-meter board.

“Everyone that went down there scored – so everybody that was down there is coming back an All-American,” said assistant coach Justin Vasquez.