ASHLAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State University men's and women's swimming & diving teams successfully closed the 2018 calendar year Saturday as both squads picked up victories at Ashland inside Messerly Natatorium.
The CSU men won 164-107, winning 13 events, while the Viking women claimed a 182-96 win, winning 14 total events.
There were strong diving performances by both genders for CSU Saturday.
Sophomore Matt Akers won on both boards against the Eagles, surpassing NCAA qualifying standards in both events. He scored 309.00 points in the 1-meter and a career-high 331.87 points in the 3-meter.
Sophomore Erica Henrichsen won both diving events on the women's side for CSU. She tallied a career-high 250.72 points in the 1-meter event and led the 3-meter competition with 226.50 points.
Sophomores Shaw Barney and Irena Weclawiak both won two individual events for the Viking women Saturday.
Barney won the 50 backstroke in 28.72 seconds and also stopped the clock first in the 100 IM in 1:02.49. Junior Gabriella Marinelli had the second-fastest time in the 100 IM in 1:03.57. Barney was CSU's top finisher in the 150 backstroke, taking second in 1:37.29.
Weclawiak won a pair of freestyle events, winning the 50 in 25.17 seconds and finishing first in the 200 in 1:58.48.
CSU also won the other three freestyle events Saturday to sweep all five on the day. Freshman Riley Drummond won the 100 (55.34), senior Molly McNamara won the 500 (5:20.01) and Marinelli was victorious in the 1000 (10:55.35). Freshman Stephanie Sipple was the runner-up in the 1000 in 11:07.30.
Sipple won the 150 butterfly in 1:37.31 while junior Lauren Frank was the top Viking in the 50 fly, taking second in 28.88 seconds.
Sophomore Libby Smith won the 150 breaststroke in 1:47.42.
Junior Madi Jaszcz won an individual event and also swam on a winning relay. She was first in the 50 breaststroke in 32.24 seconds.
Seniors Michaela Bargardi, Morgan Massie, Emma Flynn and Jaszcz won the 200 medley relay in 1:53.46.
CSU also won the 200 free relay in 1:42.46 as senior Cassandra Oltman, Flynn, Weclawiak and Drummond comprised the quartet.
Senior Addison Kaufmann won two individual events Saturday and also swam on a winning relay to lead the CSU men.
Kaufmann won the 150 breaststroke in 1:38.46 and also touched the wall first in the 100 IM in 56.58 seconds. Freshman Mason Romstadt had the second-fastest time in the 100 IM (57.23).
Juniors Dominic Poletta and Erwan Mahoudo swept the backstroke events for CSU. Poletta won the 50 backstroke (24.81) while Mahoudo won the 150 back (1:24.34). Junior Sam Sawyer was the runner-up in the latter event in 1:25.45 while Mahoudo took second in the 50 fly (24.08).
Sophomores Ryan Sedlak and Dominik Niedzialek and junior DJ Arslanian swept the shorter end of the freestyle events. Sedlak won the 50 (21.84), Niedzialek won the 100 (48.11) and Arslanian won the 200 (1:45.37). Juniors Tyler Stevenson (22.00 and Matthew Martin (48.72) were the runners-up in the 50 and the 100, respectively.
Cleveland State will resume action in the New Year in a Horizon League tri-dual hosted by IUPUI on the second weekend of January.