Feb. 21, 2012
Contact: Tim Ertle
THE MAIN EVENT: The Vikings (women: 12-4, men: 11-4) will see where they stack-up against the rest of the league at the 2012 Horizon League Championships, hosted Wednesday (Feb. 22) through Saturday (Feb. 25) in Brown Deer, Wis. Both the women (5-0) and men (4-0) were undefeated against league opponents during the regular season.
THE SCHEDULE: Swimming trials begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Finals begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Below is a schedule of events by day:
Thursday - February 23
Friday - February 24
Saturday - February 25
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Fans can follow the finals live through the Horizon League Network, available by visiting www.HorizonLeague.org.
2011 HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP: Carys Behn was a co-'Performer of the Meet' with Milwaukee's Emily McClellan and Kacey Cummings was the 'Diver of the Meet'. Mark de Swardt and Wright State's Hermanus Botha shared 'Performer of the Meet' honors and Green Bay's Daniel Pogue was the 'Diver of the Meet'. Below are the final scores of last year's league meet:
Women - Team Scores
Men - Team Scores
DEFEND THE CROWN: Many Cleveland State student-athletes will have an opportunity to defend a crown from last year's Horizon League Championships. Below is a list of Vikings who won in 2011 and are back this season:
Cleveland State also won five relays at the 2011 championships - one on the men's side and four from the women.
Women's 200 Free Relay: Alice Sommerville, Carys Behn, Gretchen Hestley and Alexandra Johannson
REVIEWING THE LAST TIME OUT: The Vikings men and women each defeated UIC on Senior Day (Feb. 4) to finish the regular season unbeaten at home and undefeated against league opponents. Below is a quick recap:
AWARDS ALL AROUND: While the goal remains to win the team titles this week, the Vikings have received outstanding individual performances that have been rewarded with athlete of the week honors. Below is a look at CSU student-athletes who have been recognized by the Horizon League:
CSU Athletes of the Week
Student-athletes from every school except Valparaiso have won the Men's 'Swimmer of the Week' award, while the Vikings and Milwaukee lead the way with three different winners and CSU's Berry Thompson was the only swimmer to win the award three times this season.
With a total of three Women's 'Swimmer of the Week' winners, CSU trailed only Milwaukee who had a league-best five winners. CSU's Alice Sommerville was the only female in the league to win the award more than once.
Entering this weekend, four different student-athletes have been named Men's 'Diver of the Week'. Cleveland State's Josh Gonzalez has won it three times and trails only Green Bay's Daniel Pogue who received the honor a league-high four times. With three weekly awards this season, Cleveland State senior Kacey Cummings has received the honor seven times in her career. She is tied with Youngstown State's Casey Hill for the most 'Diver of the Week' honors so far this season. Milwaukee and UIC each had two different divers win the award for female 'Diver of the Week'.
WINNING SEASONS: With the women racking up 12 wins and the men recording 11 victories on the year, each team locked up a winning season to continue an impressive streak. The Viking men clinched their 14th consecutive winning season as they have finished every season since 1998-99 with a winning percentage over .500, the longest such streak in program history. The women have three straight winning seasons and their third consecutive 10-win season. The only other 10-win season in the history of the women's program was in 1982-83.
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