Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had successful weekends in Arkansas this weekend, with Melanie Tombers stealing the show. The freshman won six individual races for the Lady Statesmen en route to being named National Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com. The men held off Henderson State 123-120 and defeated Ouachita Baptist 134-67 for their first two wins of the year. The women also got their first two victories with scores of 147-80 and 143-60, respectively.
Bear Iles, Fabrice Wendel, and Yvan Nys all picked up multiple first place finishes against Henderson State. Wendel had two individual victories, winning the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly. Iles and Nys were part of the 200-Medley Relay team that finished first with a time of 1:35.83, but both came away with individual wins as well. Iles won the 50-meter freestyle, and Nys won the 100-meter backstroke. The Statesmen divers Connor Bennett and Matthew Swaine finished one-two in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Against Ouachita Baptist, Swaine broke a school record for 1-M with a score of 302.2. Iles picked up another win in the 50-meter freestyle. Nys and Wendel teamed up with Clayton Boyd and Vlad Zinca to win the 400-Medley Relay. Zinca (200-Butterfly), Nys (200-Backstroke), and Wendel (100-Freestyle) all finished with another individual victory. Mike Nikolic (1,000-Freestyle) and Tobias Tombers (200-Individual Medley and 200-Breastsroke) also won events for the Statesmen.
For the women’s team against Henderson State, they won 10 of the 11 events in the meet. Melanie Tombers won three individual events and Kirsten Stroven won the 100-meter breaststroke along with being a part of the 200-Medley Relay team as the Lady Statesmen with multiple victories on the day.
Against Ouachita Baptist, they continued their dominance winning nine of 11 events. For the second straight day, Tombers came away with three victories, this time all in 200-meter events (freestyle, breaststroke, and individual medley). Kim Barma and Maria Torres added individual victories to pace the Lady Statesmen to victory on the afternoon.
Both teams return to action on Dec. 14-17 when they host the DSU Christmas Invitational, their first home meet of the year.