Jan. 26, 2013
Contact: Jeff Sattora
Akron, OHIO- Freshman Jodi Turk picked up a new school record and senior Alice Sommervillepicked up three wins but unfortunately for the Vikings it wasn't enough Saturday afternoon as Cleveland State fell 144-156 to the University of Akron.
The meet was close all day long, but CSU was unable to get over the top to pull out the win.
"That was a tough one, that was really tough," said Head Coach Wally Morton. "They got off to a pretty good start and we hung in there, kept hanging in there, kept coming on, but we couldn't quite close the gap."
Despite the loss, the team still came away with multiple winning performances; including a new mark in the record books made by Jodi Turk.
Turk, the phenomenal freshman, has been swimming incredibly well all year long for CSU, and continued that Saturday with her record-breaking day. In her first event of the day she not only picked up a dominating 30 second win, but set a new school record at 17:16.68 in the 1,650 freestyle. The record surpassed the 17:19.10 that teammate and junior Nikki Kolisset last season in 2012.
Even with the record in hand, Turk wasn't done on the day as she also went on to take home first place in the 500 freestyle (5:06.17) later in the meet.
Morton spoke highly of the new record holder, and isn't surprised the freshman has found success so quickly at the college level.
"I'm not surprised by the fact she set the school record," Morton said. "Every day she swims in practice like she swims in a meet and that is a formula for success."
"She has an incredible work ethic and is one of the few athletes I've had over the years that asks me to do more, not less," he added.
Turk wasn't the only strong performer for CSU as five Vikings in total were able to pick up individual wins on the afternoon, led by senior Alice Sommerville with three.
Sommerville took home first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.95) and 200 breaststroke (2:22.87), as well as the 100 butterfly (56.63).
Despite the tough loss, Morton was happy with the effort but knows his team has room to improve.
"We feel good about the way we raced, we feel good about our school record and the multiple wins we had," Morton said. "But at the same time we know we have more work to do in preparation for the league championships."
"This meet will allow us to see what we're doing right and build on that success," he added.
The Viking women will be back in action with the men next Saturday for the Vikings' final dual meet of the regular season as they travel to UIC to take on the Flames at 2:00 p.m. ET.