Schantz, Dalman Named League Athletes Of The Week

Schantz, Dalman Named League Athletes Of The Week

Feb. 8, 2006

After swimming and diving to a pair of Cleveland State records last weekend, junior Bjorn Schantz and sophomore Chris Dalman have been named the Horizon League Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively. The league made the announcement on Wednesday (Feb. 8).

Schantz put together one of his finest performances of the season against UIC on Feb. 4, breaking the longest-standing Cleveland State record in the 200 freestyle and topping his Horizon League-best time with a 1:39.15. Schantz also picked up a win in the 500 free with a time of 4:33.55 and swam the anchor leg of the 400 free relay to a win in a season-top time (3:07.10). The previous 200 free mark of 1:39.39 was set in 1982 by Rui Abreu.

"Breaking this record is one of the greatest achievements this program has had in many years," men's head coach Wally Morton said. "The fact that Bjorn did it in a dual meet right at the end of the season shows that he is primed to have a strong showing at the Horizon League Championships."

Dalman scored his first win with the Vikings in dramatic fashion against UIC on Feb. 4, breaking teammate Thatcher Carr's year-old record on the one-meter board with a Horizon League best 415.40. He also broke his personal-best score on the three-meter board with a league second-best 353.75.

"Chris has worked really hard and it's good to see his efforts pay off," diving coach Rich Karban said. "He had some great scores on his tougher dives, getting some nines and nine-and-halves, which really put him in the driver's seat from there on out."

Schantz receives the award for the third time this season, while Dalman earns his first recognition.

The Horizon League Championships return to Cleveland State on Feb. 22-25 at Busbey Natatorium.