April 13, 2010
Contact: Renee Adam
Cleveland, Ohio - Following a record setting 2009-10 season the Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team finished ninth in the final CSCAA Mid-Major poll. The CSCAA released the poll earlier this month.
"The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team had one of the finest seasons in the school's history when you look at the entire season," head coach Wally Morton said. "It puts our program among the elite at the Division I Mid-Major level when you are ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The ranking takes into consideration the entire season and we are honored to earn this distinction. Cleveland State University continues to be historically recognized with the very best swim and dive programs."
CSU finished ninth with 238 points, behind first place Eastern Michigan who finished with 256.6 points.
Cleveland State led the Horizon League in the rankings, with Milwaukee ranking 17th with 229.9 points as the only other league school to be represented.
The Vikings, who won a record-tying 14 dual meets this year, ended the season with a second place finish at the Horizon League Championship, following 28 top five finishes, nine league titles and the Horizon League Diver of the Meet in Josh Gonzalez.
Over the course of the 2009-10 season CSU set three school records, eight NCAA "B" cuts, one league record and received Horizon League swimmer/diver of the week honors 10 times, the most out of all six league schools.
Sophomore Mark deSwardt (200 fly, 1:49.12 & 400 IM, 3:53.91) and senior Jakub Dobies (200 IM, 1:49.09) set the three school records, while deSwardt (1,000 free, 400 IM, 1,650 free), Dobies (200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast), Gonzalez (3-meter)and the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay brought home the nine league titles.
Horizon League swimmer/diver of the week honors went to deSwardt (four times), Dobies (3), Pierre De Waal (1), Gonzalez (1) and Matt DiMasso (1). The NCAA "B" cuts were set by deSwardt (1,650 free, 400 IM), Dobies (100 breast, 200 IM) and the 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams.