Matt Akers qualifies for the 1 Meter Diving Finals at the NCAA Zone Meet
Sophomore Matt Akers of the Cleveland State men’s swimming & diving team qualified for the men's 1-meter final at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships at Purdue.
Akers finished 16th in the 1-meter prelims with 298.65 points to advance through the preliminary portion of the event. His score was the highest by any athlete that did not hail from a Power Five school and was over 50 points higher than his 1-meter prelims score from last year's NCAA Zones meet.
Akers’ highest scoring dive was a reverse 2.5 somersault tuck that earned 58.50 points, one of three dives that tallied at least 54 points in his opening round.
Akers finished 18th in the 1-meter final at the Zone Championships, just seven spots away from earning an NCAA Championships berth. His final score, covering both prelims and finals, was 579.30 points.
After the collegiate season concluded, Akers’ performance at the USA Diving National Qualifier sent him through to the USA Diving National Championships in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. He finished 21st in the 3-meter preliminaries and was fewer than eight points away from qualifying for the semifinal round of the national championship.
Lacrosse records first winning season in program history
In just its third year of existence and with no true seniors on the roster, Cleveland State lacrosse posted a winning season during the 2019 campaign.
After a 1-4 start, the Vikings won seven of their final 10 games. CSU doubled its win total from the previous season despite facing six teams among the top 25 in the NCAA's RPI.
Cleveland State secured the winning season with an 11-9 victory over Detroit Mercy in the season finale. The Vikings racked up a new program best 49 ground balls in the contest while also holding the Titans to a 16-for-26 mark on clearing attempts.
CSU led all of Division I in riding (or opponent clearing percentage) in 2019 as opponents converted only 70.7 percent of their attempted clears against the Vikings.
Riding was one of eight team statistical categories in which the Vikings finished among the top 25 nationally. The others were faceoff winning percentage (.631), in which the Vikings were sixth nationally, man-down defense (.698), assists per game (7.53), scoring defense (10.27), caused turnovers per game (8.93), clearing percentage (.853) and points per game (19.00). The Vikings finished among the top half of Division I in 14 of the 16 team stat categories tracked by the NCAA.
Women's Tennis named Horizon League Regular Season Co-Champions
For the fourth time over the last six years the Cleveland State women’s tennis team claimed a share of the Regular Season Horizon League title, as the Vikings finished the year with an 8-1 record in #HLWTEN play.
The Vikings, who were under the direction of first year head coach Frank Polito, tied the program record for most league wins in a single-season while also posting the highest overall win total (16) since the 2011-12 campaign.
Cleveland State posted an impressive 9-1 record at home during the 2019 spring season, improving to 32-9 all-time at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion.
After clinching a share of the regular season #HLWTEN title, the Vikings earned the No. 2 seed in the 2019 Horizon League Tournament, and earned a spot in the championship match for the fourth time in program history.
Savanna Crockett named the Horizon League Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year
After averaging 11.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game during her rookie campaign, Savanna Crockett was named the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year, becoming just the third Viking to earn the honor.
Crockett appeared in the starting lineup during all 30 contests – the only #HLWBB rookie to do so – averaging 32.0 minutes played per game.
Throughout the season Crockett ranked in the top-10 among league players in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, while she also finished the year with a league-best 11 double-doubles.
Crockett finished the year with a team-best 46 blocks, marking a CSU Freshman Class Record and ranking 10th on the CSU Single-Season Record List.
Along with her Freshman of the Year accolade, Crockett also earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Freshman Team, while she was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week four times throughout the year.
Vikings Continue Excellence in the Classroom
Cleveland State student-athletes continued to excel in the classroom as Vikings student-athletes had another outstanding year academically.
For the 25th consecutive semester, Cleveland State student-athletes produced a departmental grade point average of at least 3.00. The 340 Cleveland State student-athletes combined to record a 3.314 grade point average in the spring of 2019, which marks the second consecutive term above a combined 3.30 GPA.
A total of 52.6 percent of Cleveland State student-athletes were recognized on the Dean's List, which marks the fourth consecutive semester that over half of all student-athletes were so honored.
Additionally, 47 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average during the spring semester.
During the 2018-19 academic year, 23 Cleveland State student-athletes were named to their respective Horizon League All-Academic team.
For the seventh time in the last nine years, all of Cleveland State University's aid-awarding athletic programs earned a multiyear Academic Progress Rate score above the NCAA minimum threshold according to the most-recent data compiled. In fact, each of the Vikings 17 sports programs registered a multiyear APR score at least 18 points above the NCAA's required minimum of 930 during the current cohort.
Additionally, eight of Cleveland State's 17 aid-awarding athletics programs recorded a multiyear APR score above the NCAA Division I national average for those sports, and three programs — women's basketball, women's golf and cross country — registered perfect multiyear APR scores of 1,000. This is the 14th consecutive year that the cross country program has posted a perfect APR score, and the third straight year that women's basketball has accomplished the feat.
Anna Brandt records highest finish in program history at 2018 #HLXC Championship
Sophomore Anna Brandt paced the Vikings at the 2018 Horizon League Championship last fall, placing third overall to notch Cleveland State’s highest individual finish in program history at the #HLXC Championship.
Brandt crossed the finish line in a time of 21:43, which marked a program record on the 6K course.
For her third place finish, Brandt picked up First Team All-Horizon League honors, becoming the first-ever Viking to earn a spot on the All-League First Team in back-to-back years.
Brandt’s time of 21:43 marked just the second sub 22-minute 6K time in the record books, while she finished her sophomore season owning five of the top-10 6K times in program history.
Nico Mostardi named the Horizon League Men’s Tennis Player of the Year
For the second straight year Nico Mostardi was tabbed the Horizon League Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, becoming the first Viking to be a two-time honoree and the sixth league player to earn multiple Player of the Year accolades.
Mostardi finished his junior season with a 24-10 singles record and a team-best 21-9 doubles mark, and became the first-ever Viking to earn an ITA Singles and Doubles National Ranking.
The 24 wins marked Mostardi’s second straight 20-win campaign, as he became one of 11 Vikings all-time with multiple 20-win seasons.
Mostardi posted a perfect 7-0 record against league opponents throughout the spring season, including a victory in the tournament final that clinched the Horizon League Championship for the Vikings.
For his career, Mostardi ranks ninth on the CSU Singles Wins List with 70 victories, and is one of just three Vikings all-time to reach the 70-win milestone as a junior.
Molly McNamara's Stellar Senior Season
Molly McNamara capped her collegiate career by earning the league's highest athletic honor in her sport as she was voted Horizon League Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year. In doing so, she became the first Viking to win that award more than once.
McNamara was also tabbed Horizon League Championships Women's Swimmer of the Meet as she became the first Viking this century to win that honor.
McNamara was the only female student-athlete to produce three first-place individual finishes at the 2019 HL Championships. She won the 100 butterfly, the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM and became Cleveland State's first-ever 200 IM HL champion. McNamara also became the first student-athlete this century from any school to sweep butterfly titles at back-to-back HL Championships.
For the third consecutive season, McNamara won the 200 butterfly title at the HL Championships, as her dominating performance saw her bring home the 2019 title over four seconds clear of the runner-up. She became the first Viking female to win the same individual event three times at the HL Championships.
McNamara broke the school record in winning the 200 IM and became the first Viking woman to win multiple HL titles in the 100 fly. She also swam on four CSU relays at the HL Championships, two more than she contested last season at the league meet.
Her accomplishments in the pool were rivaled only by her success in the classroom. For the second straight year, McNamara was named the Female Scholar-Athlete of the 2018-19 Winter Season by the Horizon League. She was the only HL swimmer, male or female, to claim CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this year.
McNamara will depart the program holding school records in three individual events and was also a member of two relay squads that currently own program records. She won six individual Horizon League titles over the past three seasons.
Cleveland State Has Record Setting Season & Advances to Horizon League Title Match
The Cleveland State women’s soccer team produced the best season in school history in 2018, culminating in a run to the Horizon League Tournament championship match.
The Vikings, who finished second in the Horizon League regular season standings, defeated Detroit Mercy 2-1 in the tournament semifinals to earn the school’s first-ever appearance in the championship match.
In addition to advancing to the tournament championship for the first time, Cleveland State also finished the 2018 season with a school-record 11 victories overall and a school-record six wins in Horizon League play.
Sarah Krause, Dani Sowinski and McKenna Vento were each named First Team All-Horizon League, which marked the first time in program history that the Vikings had more than two first-team honorees.
Men’s Tennis Captures 2019 Horizon League Regular Season & Tournament Titles
For the second straight year the Cleveland State men’s tennis team finished at the top of the Horizon League, as the Vikings captured the Regular Season and Tournament titles.
The 2019 #HLMTEN Tournament title marked the seventh all-time for the Vikings, which is tied for the second highest individual school total in league history.
The Vikings posted a perfect 6-0 league record during regular season play, and entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the fifth time over the last 12 years. Cleveland State picked up a 4-0 victory over IUPUI in the semifinals, before earning a 4-1 win against UIC to clinch the championship.
Overall, Cleveland State finished the year with a 19-8 record - ranking eighth in the Midwest Region - and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time under head coach Brian Etzkin.
After leading the Vikings to a top-90 national ranking throughout the season, Etzkin was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, while Nico Mostardi was named the Horizon League Player of the Year, and Matthew Terry and Luke Phillips were named Second Team All-Horizon League.