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University of Toledo sophomore Brittany Teneyck (Lake) and freshman Alison Zsigray (Clay) are contributing points for the Rockets swimming and diving team.
In the Rockets win over the Oakland Grizzlies, 170½ -122½, Toledo had first-place finishers in 10 of the 16 events, including Tenecyk. On the diving boards, Teneyck finished second on both the one- and three-meter boards, scoring 246.23 in the one meter and tallying 244.20 in the three meter.
"Overall, I am pretty pleased with our performance," Coach Lars Jorgensen said. "Oakland is a good program so this was a good win for us and a great way to start the season. I was really pleased with some of our freshmen, coming out in their first meet as a Rocket, really emerging and doing a good job."
UT began its Mid-American Conference season with a 168-125 victory over the Ball State Cardinals early in the season at the UT Rec Center.
In that meet, Zsigray was one of four swimmers who had their first Midnight Blue and Gold first-place finish. Zsigray picked up her first collegiate victory in the 200 backstroke (2:09.87).
A day after opening its MAC schedule, UT picked up another MAC victory at the Rec Center with a 162-126 win over Eastern Michigan. On the diving board, Teneyck swept the events with 264.30 on the one-meter board and 252.75 on the three-meter.
Toledo then wrapped up a weekend of conference meets at Ohio University as the Rockets fell to the Bobcats, 170-122.
"I thought we competed hard," said Jorgensen. "We fought a hard battle and tried to dig it out. We just have to get back to work and train hard."
Teneyck had two first-place finishes, sweeping the diving events. Teneyck won the one-meter with 267.90 and then totaled 249.68 in the three-meter for the sweep.
In the two-day Eastern Michigan Invitational, the Rockets finished third with 580½ points. Michigan won the invitational with 1,102½ points while host EMU came in second with 917½. On the diving board, Teneyck placed second in the one-meter with a total of 261.50.
In another event, Teneyck finished first on the one-meter board for the Rockets with 246.83 points and placed second on the three-meter board (220.2).
The next event for the Rockets was a tri-meet with Northwestern and Notre Dame this past Saturday, Jan. 10, in Evanston, Ill.
As a freshman, Tenecyk finished in 31st place with 211.85 points in the one meter and 24th place with 231 points in the three meter at the NCAA regional meet. She placed eighth at the MAC championships in the one meter and three meter with totals of 222.50 and 197.05, respectively.
At Lake, Tenecyk was a state champion in diving her junior and senior years, Gold medalist at the 2006 Junior Olympics, and a nominee for Wendy’s High School Heisman honors. She earned All-Ohio honors her junior year and was only the second person at Lake to win a state title.
At Clay, Zsigray was the only female to win two events at districts during her senior year and qualified for state in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. She placed second in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke at districts during her junior year and qualified for state in the 100 back stroke. She also finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 backstroke during her sophomore year and qualified for state in the 200 IM.
The Raiders are now recruiting and will start pre-season practices and combines this winter. The first team/player prospect meeting is Jan. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Days Inn, 3701 North State Route 53, Fremont. All players ages 18 years and older are welcome with their spouse.
“I am proud to announce that we will be starting our fourth year as a team in the area. I am trying to get word out that we are around for the public that may not know that we exist. It is amazing how many people do not know there is semi-pro football in the area, or that it is a summer league they can enjoy during the off season,” said Tiffany Turner, general manager and owner.
“Two years ago, my husband, Tom, and I became owners of the team and we have been trying to change the perception of semi-pro football in our area. We want it to be a friendly, fun, and family atmosphere that guys can come play the game they love — football,” Turner continued.
“Whether it is a high school graduate wanting to still play, a college athlete trying to keep in shape for the upcoming season, or a guy beyond his years that just wants to live out his football dreams...we want to give guys a chance to play and provide a service of entertainment to the surrounding communities.”
Last year The Raiders played home games at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin due to Clyde renovating their field. Turner says they are glad to be back in Clyde.
The season starts the last weekend in May. Turner can be reached at 419-855-4441 and Coach Clark can be reached at 419-215-8949. Potential players can also fill out a player information form at www.northwestohioraiders.com.
The Genoa Little League will be holding registration for players 5-14 years old as May 1, 2009. Registration will be held on Jan. 31 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Allen Elementary. Call Lee Nissen at 419-351-2398.
The Oregon Tigers 10-year-old baseball team has openings for two to three boys looking to play ball this summer in the Oregon Parks and Recreation Tier II league as well as three tournaments in the local area. Call Matt Perry at 419-754-1655.