Swimming and diving teams successful at home

By Robert Houska

Dec. 11, 2017

The Cleveland State swimming and diving teams shined at the university Magnus Cup, capturing awards and breaking records.

The event, the sixth in its short history, took place in Cleveland State’s Robert F. Busbey Natatorium from Nov. 17-19.

Junior Molly McNamara continued her impressive season by breaking both the school and Horizon League records in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time of 1:58:65 is more than six seconds faster than the next best time in the league this season.

For the third time this season and sixth time in her career, the Horizon League named McNamara the Female Swimmer of the Week.

No other athlete has won the award multiple times this season. CollegeSwimming named her its recipient of the award as well.

The women’s team finished fourth among the 15 competing schools, behind only the University of Akron, Duquesne University and Xavier University.

Head coach Paul Graham was encouraged by his teams’ performance.

“I was very pleased to see big improvement from the women,” Graham said. “They increased their point total by 100 from last season and fought like crazy all weekend.”

The men’s team won the Magnus Cup for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall by an event record 328 points over second-place Xavier.

“It was exciting to see the men capture another Magnus Cup,” Graham said.

D.J. Arslenian (200-yard butterfly), Jason van der Touw (200-yard freestyle) and Dominik Niedzialek (200-yard backstroke) all won individual races on the final day of the event.

Arslanian and van der Touw joined Tyler Stevenson and Sean Mullen in winning the 400-yard freestyle relay that day.

CollegeSwimming named van der Touw its Horizon League Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while the Horizon League chose Matt Akers as their Male Diver of the Week.

Cleveland State’s swimming and diving teams participated in a dual meet at Ashland University on Dec. 9. The Vikings will host the University of Illinois-Chicago, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Wright State University, Jan. 12 and 13.



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