by Brandon Dray
The Wright State swimming and diving teams begin competition at the 2017 Horizon League Championships on Wednesday at UIC. The championships will consist of seven sessions being competed over the course of four days, with the meet conclusion on Saturday.
Live final event coverage will be available each night on www.horizonleague.com, provided by the Horizon League Network. The live stream begins each evening at 5:30pm.
On the men's side, a pair of freshman lead the way for the Raiders. PJ Musser (Overland Park, KS) currently sits in third in the 200 free (1:40.50) and sixth in the 100 free (45.44), while Dominic Poletta (Green, OH) has the fourth-best overall time in the 50 free (20.58) and the 22nd best time in the 100 free (46.65) in the Horizon League this season.
Other Raider men to watch for are sophomores Gavin Mickelson (Marysville, OH), who has the ninth best time in the 500 free (4:38.78), sixth in the 200 backstroke (1:50.06), and 12th in the 100 backstroke (51:14) and Thomas Downey (Bartlesville, OK) who is 9th in the 400 IM (4:07.21) and 10th in the 1650 (16:28.32).
The WSU men have also been strong in diving as junior Mitch Godar (Cleves, OH) set a new school record in the 1 meter dive with a score of 370.35. He also had a season best 304.65 in the 3 meter dive on October 10th.
On the women's side, freshmen Maddie Eckley (Centerville, OH) holds the best time in four different categories for the Raiders this season (200, 500, 1000, and 1650 yard freestyle). Senior Ashlyn Roberts (Fostoria, OH) goes into championships with the best individual times for the women in the 50 and 100 free style. Fellow senior Emily Hayhow (Cincinnati, OH) will also be making a run to protect her 100 Butterfly and 200 Butterfly conference records. Hayhow is the two-time defending champion in the former event.
Other WSU women to watch for are sophomore Sofia Aledo (Clermont, FL), who holds the 10th best time in the 100 backstroke (56.80), 12th in the 200 backstroke (2:04.21) and sophomore Nikki Borgerding (Minster, OH), who is sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.75) and ninth in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.53). Kyah Fleckner had the best mark in 1 meter (273.75) and 3 meter diving (279.52) for the Raiders this season.