CLEVELAND, Ohio, November 2. THE Cleveland State men's swimming team continued to dominate as they won all 13 events against St. Bonaventure as they downed the Bonnies 160-82. The victory improves the Vikings record to 3-0 on the season
"I am very proud of the young men for winning every event this evening," head coach Wally Morton said. "We have a great deal of respect for St. Bonaventure and to win like this says something about our kids. St. Bonaventure is one heck of a swim program."
Dan Baiko remained undefeated and qualified for the NCAA dive zone as he won the 1-meter (296.35) and the three-meter (3:21.30) boards.
"Dan is working very hard this year," diving coach Rich Karban said. "He improves on a weekly basis and strives to get better. I've never been around an athlete who has wants to improve more.
Zvonimir Androic had a great meet for the Vikings as he won the 200 backstroke (1:54.00) and helped the 400 medley relay team to a first place finish (3:27.41).
"Zvonimir had his best time in the 200 backstroke," Morton said. "He also had his first swim in the 200 IM with a very respectable time of 2:00.65 on his way to a fourth place finish."
Dave Duecker won the 1000 (9:50.28) and the 500 freestyle (4:45.58).
"Duecker is a fun swimmer to watch," Morton said. "He keeps on getting better on a weekly basis."
Todd Winchell finished first (1:43.88) while Marko Milenkovic placed second (1:43.63) in the 200 yard freestyle.
Other winners for the Vikings included Stephen Gove in the 50 yard freestyle (21.55), Stef Potgieter in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:07.86), Jakub Dobies in the 200 IM (1:54.75), and Nedim Nisic in the 200 yard butterfly
The relay teams continue to have their way with their opponents as the 400 yard medley relay team of Zvonimir Androic, Jakub Dobies, Nedim Nisic, and Stephen Grove took first place (3:27.41), while the 400 yard freestyle relay team of Nedim Nisic, Todd Winchell, Marko Milenkovic, and Michael Marsico captured first place as well (3:14.06).
The ST. Bonaventure women's swimming and diving team proved to be flawless by taking gold in all 13 events en route to a 170-55 road win.
In their second win in three meets, the Bonnies had an impressive pool performance. The women swept the top three spots in four events while Sophomore Kara Small, sophomore Allison Smith and senior Meghan King tallied two wins a piece.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, Smith placed first with a time of 10:37.56, followed by junior Kate Cherry who clocked in second at 10:38.91 and senior Taryn Ahern who touched third at 10:46.08. Smith's second win came by swimming a time of 5:10.67 in the 500-yard freestyle.
Taking first in the 200-yard freestyle was Small, who paced the competition with a time of 1:57.31. Junior Allison Whalen placed second in the event with a time of 1:58.06, and junior Alexandra Quinn swam a time of 2:01.27, good enough for third. Later in the meet, Small clinched gold in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:09.54.
The Bona women also took the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. King grabbed first place in both events with times of 25.32 and 54.13, respectively. Placing second and third in the 50-yard freestyle were freshman Julie Brezinsky and sophomore Lauren Ely. Both swimmers finished the event with respective times of 25.82 and 25.83. In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Kaitlyn Heller touched second with a time of 55.62, and senior Jessica Hober rounded out the top three with a time of 56.31.
Heller, Whalen, and senior Anneli Johnson each had one win in the day's meet. Heller swam good enough for first place with a time of 2:16.09 in the 200-yard IM, and Whalen grabbed the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.00. Johnson, who had a record-setting day in the 100-yard breaststroke last weekend, posted a first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.59.
The Brown and White continued their winning trend by taking first in both of the evening's relay events. In the 400-yard medley relay, junior Tracy Rathke, senior Tara Cibula, Whalen and Brezinsky captured gold with a time of 4:08.38. Smith, Brezinsky, Ahern and Hober finished strong in the last meet of the evening, posting a first place time of 3:43.93 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
In diving action, freshman Kendra Ridley captured two wins. Ridley placed first in the one-meter dive by racking up 172.87 points, and took gold in the three-meter dive with a score of 176.92.
Special thanks to Cleveland State and St. Bonaventure for contributing this report.