Vikings Cruise to Victory Over Youngstown

Vikings Cruise to Victory Over Youngstown

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State University women's swimming and diving team returned home and got back on the winning track with a 172.5-127.5 victory over Youngstown State Monday evening at The Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.

CSU won 11 of the 14 swimming events held, as seven Vikings won individual swimming or diving events.

A trio of Vikings each won two individual events Monday.

Freshman Meghan Bobick won a pair of freestyle events. She started her day by claiming the 200 in 1:54.70, winning the event by over two seconds. Bobick also won the 100 free by exactly two seconds, stopping the clock in 52.72 seconds. Senior Anna Evans took second for CSU in the 100 free.

Sophomore Molly McNamara swept the butterfly events while junior Tobie Zeller swept the breaststroke events.

McNamara took the 100 fly in 58.13 seconds and beat the field in the 200 fly in 2:04.72. Her effort in the 100 fly was part of 1-2-3 CSU sweep as sophomore Cassandra Oltman was second (59.06) and freshman Madisyn Jaszcz was third (59.54).

Zeller won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.82 and stopped the clock in the 200 in 2:27.93. Senior Madisen Tretter was the runner-up in the 100 in 1:09.39.

Oltman and sophomore Michaela Bargardi combined to sweep the backstroke events, as the former took the 100 in 57.99 seconds and the latter won the 200 in 2:08.08. Oltman's showing in the 100 was part of strong effort by the Vikings as CSU claimed the top four places in the event.

Junior Jamie VanDewerker won the 50 freestyle in 24.85 seconds while Jaszcz was the runner-up in 25.34 seconds. VanDewerker also took second in the 100 backstroke in 59.74 seconds.

Senior Tori Taffner won 1-meter diving with 246.68 points, winning the event by less than one-quarter of a point. She took third in 3-meter diving with 246.75 points.

The Vikings won both relays contested Monday.

Oltman, Zeller, McNamara and VanDewerker won the 200 medley relay in 1:46.69 as CSU took the top two places in that event. VanDewerker also was in on CSU's winning 200 free relay as she led off and was followed by Evans, Bobick and sophomore Ashleigh Bennett, as the quartet finished first in 1:38.06.

Sophomore Claudia Zido was the runner-up in three different events Monday. She took second in the 1000 freestyle (10:46.82), the 200 backstroke (2:12.47) and the 200 IM (2:12.80), with the last time representing a season best.

Cleveland State will continue facing Horizon League foes in dual action this weekend as both the men's and women's programs travel to Wright State Saturday, Jan. 21.