Vikings Defeat Miami in Return to Busbey Natatorium


Jan. 20, 2012

Contact: Tim Ertle

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team defeated Miami University 179-120 on Friday (Jan. 20) afternoon at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium, CSU's first home meet since Nov. 29.

With the win, Cleveland State improves to 9-4 on the year. Miami slips to 4-5.

The Vikings jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first race of the afternoon when they won the 200 medley relay in 1:33.77. Alasdair Shillito, swimming in his first home swim meet of the season, swam a 24.14 in the back before giving way to Nathan Grant (26.38), Alex Lewis (22.67) and Justin Hill who finished it off with a 20.58 split.

Berry Thompson swam a 19.86 split as the anchor of CSU's quartet in lane six - paired with Colin Hanner (25.89), Brian Ferro (26.84) and Justin Kermack (22.97) - that placed third.

Miami countered with Brendan Melling taking the 1,000 free but three Vikings were next to touch.

Melling was clocked at 9:41.68 with Graham Thoresen (9:42.35), Alex Cohara (9:44.40) and Pieter Ritz (9:48.79) limiting the damage and allowing the RedHawks to cut the deficit by a single point. Thoresen's time was the quickest 1,000 free by a Horizon League swimmer all season while Ritz's time placed him fifth in the league. Cohara previously swam a 9:43.66 which ranks second.

Nathan Grant won the third event of the afternoon, the 200 free, in 1:43.50. Miami had the next two swimmers to touch, but Cleveland State picked up three additional points with the fourth and fifth place finishes of Jon Querciagrossa (1:46.11) and Michael Dopuch (1:47.70).

Shillito picked up a win in the 100 back, narrowly touching before MU's Chris Gunnels. The CSU sophomore was clocked at 51.31 - the third fastest time this season in the Horizon League - while Gunnels came in at 51.59. CSU's Ryan Blankenship (1:01.26) came in fifth.

Kermack was the fourth consecutive Viking to get a win when he was the quickest in the 200 fly. His 1:51.28 was more than four seconds faster than the runner-up, Miami's Michael Cavanaugh.

The Vikings hit it big in the 50 free with a one-two-three sweep. Thompson won it in 20.69 with Hill next at 21.16 and Lewis capping it off with a 21.45 to propel CSU to an 82-49 lead heading into the first diving event.

Miami's Michael Grainger won the 1-meter diving board with a 295.88 but CSU's Josh Gonzalez was right behind him with a 281.40 to score four team points. Matt DiMasso recorded a 248.18 to place fifth and score a point.

Thompson won his first event of the meet with a 45.65 in the 100 free and Hill was second with a 46.85.

Shillito continued to demonstrate what his return means to the team as he won the 200 back in 1:52.33. Miami's Chris Gunnels was second with a 1:53.01 and Hanner placed third with a 1:57.07.

Brian Ferro edged Miami's Melling in the 200 breast in a hotly-contested race. Ferro touched in 2:08.07 with Melling at 2:08.78 ahead of Grant's 2:08.95. Pedrom Kheirandish was fifth with a 2:17.80.

CSU dominated the next two races - the 500 free and 100 fly - with four of the first five finishers in both events.

Thoresen took the 500 free in 4:41.54 with Querciagrossa the runner-up in 4:41.75. Miami's Alex Reinhardt took third in 4:45.56 and CSU's Cohara (4:46.69) and Ritz (4:50.45) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kermack won the 100 fly with his 50.62 and Lewis (51.48), Travis Lombardozzi (53.21) and Brad Bielak (53.91) all finished in the top-four to widen CSU's lead to 156-89 heading into the 3-meter diving event.

Miami went one-two-three on the in the 3-meter diving event with a trio of scores over 315. CSU's Josh Gonzalez earned a 311.63 and still finished fourth.

Grant won his second event of the afternoon in the 200 IM, besting Miami's Melling by .02 - Grant won in 1:57.18 with Melling touching in 1:57.20.

The Vikings closed with a win in the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay. Thompson went first with a 46.60 and Hill (46.02), Shillito (47.43) and Lewis (47.43) contributed to the win.

The men's team will join the Viking women (10-4) and travel to Fairborn, Ohio for a meet with league foe Wright State tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The Vikings - both the men and women - are 2-0 in the Horizon League.

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