Release courtesy of Sion Brinn, Indian River State College
FT. PIERCE, Fla. (November 6, 2015) - The Indian River State College men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the 2015-16 season in good form when they took on the Texas A&M men on Thursday, November 5 before travelling to Fort Lauderdale to take on the men's and women's team from Nova Southeastern University on Friday, November 6.
Indian River State's men were unable to match the depth of Texas A&M, who compete in the Southeastern Conference, but showed they are ready for a great 2015-16 season with some solid performances. Freshmen Jason Van Der Touw (1000 free and 100 back) and John Fauteux (100 breast) both swam team top times to date in their respective events. A&M would win the meet with a score of 150-84.
The following day, the River teams traveled to compete at NOVA and came away with victories for both the women and men. Both teams would win a total of eight events each with top performances and wins for the women coming from Christina Loh (100 and 200 breast, and the 200 IM), Tayla Lovemore (200 fly), Osianna McReed (50 free), and Yasmine Ware (100 fly). The first event saw the pioneer women of Tayla Lovemore, Christina Loh, Yasmine Ware, and Osianna McReed win the 200 medley relay with a very fast 1:44.23, but the excitement was the 400 free relay in which the winning team would determine the overall winner of the meet. The team of Yasmine Ware, Tayla Lovemore, Leah Sims, and Osianna McReed were able to accomplish this and bring victory to IRSC with a score of 135-127.
Indian River State's men had some equally impressive swims and secured the victory prior to the final event. The men's 200 medley relay (Jason Van Der Touw, Craig Emslie, Joel hansson, and John Fauteux) started the meet on a positive note with a victory before seeing Matt Neilsen (1000 free), and John Fauteux (200 free) take wins in the next two events. Other event wins came in the 100 breast (Serginni Marten), 200 fly (Rawley Davis), 200 breast (Matt Ankerholz), 500 free (Jason Van Der Touw), and the 400 free relay (John Fauteux, Craig Emslie, Gavin Erdmann, and Jason Van Der Touw). The overall score would end up being 144.5 – 117.5.