GCU Men's, Women's Swim lead North Dakota

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The Grand Canyon University men's and women's swim teams today opened the first day of their dual meet against North Dakota at the Hyslop Sports Center in Grand Forks, N.D. UND is an affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference in both men's and women's swim.

Following 22 events in the pool for the Antelopes, GCU swimmers collected 17 first-place finishes and lead UND in both the men's and women's duals. The men hold a 129.00-107.00 lead, while the women opened the meet with a 124.00-113.00 advantage following the first day.

The 'Lopes opened the meet by sweeping the 200-medley relays. GCU's women's squad of Hannah Peseau, Kathleen Robertson, Rebecca Coan, and Jovanna Koens came in first with a time of 1:48.23, the seventh-best in the conference.

The men, behind swims of John Feely, Aslan Burbayev, Ivan Nechunaev, and Illya Glazunov, posted the top mark at 1:31.57, the fifth-fastest in the WAC. The men swept the top-three spots in the opening relay event.

Inha Kotsur won the women's 1650-free with a time of 17:35.43. Samantha Magnani claimed first in the women's 200-free with a time of 1:55.53, while Peseau clocked in at 1:57.09 to take second.

Stanislav Saiko picked up a first-place finish in the men's 200-free, touching the wall at 1:40.68.

Koens swam the 50-free in 24.30 seconds to take first, while the men swept the top-three spots in the same event, led by Alexandr Dmitriyenko's swim of 20.97 seconds. Jacob Lambros (21.17) and Michael Branning (21.27) rounded out the top-three.

Hannah Kastigar posted the eighth-fastest time in the WAC, 4:27.01, in the women's 400-IM to win the event. She owns the fastest time in the conference (4:15.92) this season. Iegor Lytvenok was a winner on the men's side, swimming the event in 4:11.35.

Coan picked up an individual win in the women's 100-fly, clocking in at 58.49 seconds, while teammates Peseau (59.10) and Kayla Clark (1:00.97) rounded out the top-three spots.

Nechunaev touched the wall first in the men's 100-fly in a time of 48.48 seconds, the sixth-fastest mark among WAC swimmers. He already owns the top time among WAC swimmers this season (47.50).

Catherine Polito joined the list of GCU winners after taking first in the women's 100-free with a time of 53.30 seconds. On the men's side, Glazunov won the event in 44.57 seconds, the eighth-best mark in the conference.

Kastigar earned her second individual win in the women's 100-back, clocking in at 56.77 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in the WAC. Lytvenok also picked up his second victory in the same event on the men's side, touching the wall with the fifth-fastest time among conference swimmers, 48.91 seconds.

Similar to how they started the day, the 'Lopes relay squads swept the 400-free events. The women's team of Kastigar, Coan, Magnani, and Koens won the event by nearly four seconds, finishing with a time of 3:36.40. The men's squad of Saiko, Everton Kida, Glazunov, and Tom Wahlers posted a time of 3:05.04, the seventh-fastest among WAC relay teams.

The dual meet continues tomorrow, with the final day of action slated to get underway at 11 a.m. (Arizona time). Fans can follow the action via live video and live stats by visiting www.gculopes.com.

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