Swimming and diving wraps up conference schedule

By Brian Hradek

Feb. 5, 2018

With the season slowly starting to conclude, the Vikings swimming and diving teams are trying to finish strong and prepare for the Conference Championships. Two of their three most recent meets came on Jan. 12 and 13 with the men’s team coming out of the two meets with a 5-0 record and the women’s team finishing with a 4-1 record.

In the first meet of the weekend on Friday, Jan. 12, the Vikings took on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in a tri-meet. The Cleveland State men and women finished the night with the most total points at 627.8 and 608.4 respectively.

The Vikings had two of the top five swims in both the men’s and women’s meets, according to College Swimming. Jason van der Touw had both for the men’s team, winning the 200-free and 500-free.

Molly McNamara had one of the top five performances for the women, winning the 200-fly, and Lexie Kostelnik had the other, winning the 1000-free. The men’s team won both relays that night, while the women’s team won one of the two relays, coming runners-up in the other.

Saturday’s meet was more of the same for both the men and women with both teams having the most total points at the end of the meet. The same three teams from the night before again competed but Wright State University joined to make it a quad-dual.

Dominik Niedzialek won the 1000-free for the men and finished with the second best overall performance of the night, according to College Swimming.

The men struggled on Friday in the diving events, but bounced back Saturday with some good performances. In the 1-meter diving event, Matt Akers and Curtis Roden finished first and third respectively. In the 3-meter dive, Roden finished in second place.

The relay events were another strong point for the Vikings swim team. Both the men and women won the 400-free relay and each finished runner up in the 200-medley relay.

On Jan. 27, the men and women traveled to Michigan to take on Oakland in a dual meet. Both teams failed to pick up victories on Saturday against the current first place holders in the women’s and men’s conference standings.

The Vikings were unable to pick up a win in either of the diving or relay events for both men’s and women’s teams.

Van der Touw had another good performance, finishing runner up in the 200-free, even though he was given the second best overall performance of the meet by College Swimming.

McNamara was the strongest swimmer from the women’s team on Saturday. She finished in first in the 100-fly, 200-fly, and 200-individual medley.

With the conference schedule now over for the men’s team, it now must focus on two of its most important events of the season.

The next swim meets for both teams will be on Feb. 10 and 11 at the Ohio State Winter Invitational.

Cleveland State will host the Horizon League Championships Feb 21-24 at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.



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