January 12, 2013

Viking Women Split Meet vs. Oakland and Xavier

Jan. 12, 2013

Final Stats

Contact: Jeff Sattora

CLEVELAND- The Cleveland State Vikings' women's swimming team improved to 9-3 on the year this afternoon, after splitting two home contests between the Oakland Grizzlies and the Xavier Musketeers at a tri-meet.

The Vikings took down the Musketeers by a dominating 180-57 score, while falling in a close fought battle to the Grizzlies, 129-112.

With the team coming off of a month long break from collegiate competition, and having just returned home from a training trip in the Grand Cayman islands, Head Coach Wally Morton was happy with what he saw on the women's side.

"I like the way we raced, we had some good races, and we had some of our best swimmers pushed by Oakland University, one of the top mid-major programs in the country," Morton said. "I thought we were very competitive."

"We had some great races from our veterans on the women's side," Morton added.

Two of those veterans who came up big were Joanna Olsson and Alice Sommerville, who both brought home two wins on the day.

Olsson brought home wins in both the 200 IM (207.84) and 200 butterfly (2:07.51), while Sommerville won both the 50-yard freestyle (23.74) and the 200 breaststroke (2:23.57).

Sommerville also teamed up with Alexandra Johansson, Gretchen Hestley, and Jamie Puls for a second place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:54.33).

Along with Olsson and Sommerville's performances, the Vikings were able to earn two more wins, one individual and one relay.

Christine Kopacko picked up an individual win in the 100 freestyle (52.58). While the 400 freestyle relay team of Kopacko, Hestley, Puls, and Johnasson also took home first in 3:32.20.

Considering the travel and break the team just returned from, Morton knows the team will still be able to get better as the year goes on.

"The team is torn down with the training trip and all the travel," Morton said regarding the team just returning earlier this week. "We think we have a team that has a lot of potential but we have a lot of work ahead of us."

The Viking women will start that work as they are back home in competition next Saturday when they host Wright State and Youngstown State at 1:00 p.m.

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