2020 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships Day 2: Oakland Pulls Commanding Lead

Katie Colwell
Katie Colwell of Oakland University won the 50 free today. Photo Courtesy: Oakland University Athletics Jose Juarez

2020 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships

Rochester, Michigan 2020

The second day of the 2020 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships brought with it many exciting finishes and hard-won races. The events contested included the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay, and the men’s 1-meter diving event.

Oakland University has built up a commanding lead on both the men’s and women’s sides. Cleveland State is in second position in both categories.

2020 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships Details:

Team Scores at the end of Day 2:

Men:

  1. Oakland University (310)
  2. Cleveland State University (241)
  3. UIC (197)
  4. IUPUI (172)
  5. University of Wisconsin Green Bay (154)
  6. Milwaukee Panthers (116)
  7. Youngstown State University (72)

Women:

  1. Oakland University (343.5)
  2. Cleveland State University (204)
  3. UIC (194)
  4. IUPUI (175)
  5. Milwaukee Panthers (115.5)
  6. Youngstown State University (113)
  7. University of Wisconsin Green Bay (93)

Women’s 500 Free

Oakland University snatched the top two positions in the first final of the evening, with Sohvi Nenonen touching the wall first at 4:52.39, followed by teammate and fellow freshman Emily Aycock (4:54.20). Finishing in third place was IUPUI’s Meagan Ronci with a time of 4:54.28, while Ashton Amerman of UIC took fourth place in a time of 4:55.72. The duo from Cleveland State – Lexie Kostelnik (4:56.57) and Rachel Contich (4:56.58) – finished fifth and sixth respectively. Sonya Zubenko of Oakland (5:02.06) and Christina Neri of UIC (5:02.90) rounded out the championship final.

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Men’s 500 Free

Hosts Oakland University ran away with a stunning 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free as Marko Khotynetskyi took home top honours in a time of 4:24.77. Close behind was his teammate Ben Davis, who finished in a time of 4:25.07, while Rudy Aguilar-Fernandez finished third, touching the wall at 4:27.11.

Hunter Crook of UIC took fourth place in a time of 4:27.17, followed by Cleveland’s Dominik Niedzialek (4:29.14), UIC’s Luke Hutchinson (4:29.35), Green Bay’s Daniel Frederick (4:30.09) and UIC’s Jacob Cunningham (4:31.42).

HLSD 500 Free Men

Women’s 200 IM

Oakland University showcased their IM depth to dominate this final, as they had six out of the eight swimmers in the field. Winning handily, Susan LaGrand was the only swimmer under 2 minutes, as she swam a time of 1:58.22. She was followed by her teammates Kiera Brough (2:00.85) and Sydney McDowell (2:01.11) who took home second and third place honours. Another Oakland swimmer, Erin Donagan, finished fourth in a time of 2:02.57, while UIC’s Lilly Culp finished fifth in a time of 2:04.27. Oakland’s Taylor Bailey (2:05.29), Cleveland’s Alana Cartwright (2:05.41) and Oakland’s Julia Cook (2:05.86) rounded out the championship final.

Women's 200IM HLSD 2020

Men’s 200 IM

Cleveland State’s Timmy Kubacki took home a close victory, touching the wall in a time of 1:47.05. In second place was Oakland’s Colton Phelps who finished in a time of 1:47.11, while his teammate Ryan Geheb took third place (1:48.19). IUPUI’s Jason Harary finished fourth in a time of 1:48.47, followed by UIC’s Daniel Sivak (1:48.94) and Oakland’s William Gayne (1:49.34), who took fifth and sixth place respectively. Andrew Bernsdorf of Oakland came seventh with a time of 1:49.62, and Kyle Lewarchik of UIC (1:49.81) rounded out the top eight.

Men's 200 IM Horizon League 2020

Women’s 50 Free

Katie Colwell of Oakland University won the gold medal in a time of 22.76; she was the only swimmer to dip below the 23 mark. Maggie Hatfield of IUPUI took home second place honours in a time of 23.46, followed by UIC’s Poleena Kovalaske who finished third in 23.60. Just one hundredth behind her, Anna Liu of Green Bay finished fourth (23.61), followed by Oakland’s Karlee Marsh (23.66), and IUPUI’s Cassia Snyder (23.68). Madi Jaszcz of Cleveland State (23.71) and Casey Prentice of Youngstown (23.87) rounded out the tightly contested championship final.

Horizon League Women 50 Free 2020

Men’s 50 Free

Three swimmers went below 20 seconds as Cleveland State’s Dominic Poletta won the 50 free in a time of 19.71. Oakland’s Christian Bart took home the silver (19.91) and IUPUI’s Mason Jung won the bronze in a time of 19.95. In addition, Green Bay’s Benjamin Redman finished fourth in a time of 20.03, while Cleveland’s Jack MacDonald came fifth touching the wall at 20.10. They were followed by Oakland’s Joey Mangner (20.38), Cleveland’s Ryan Sedlak (20.42) and IUPUI’s Kevin Burke (20.47).

Men's 50 Free HLSD 2020

Men’s 1M Diving

UIC’s Felix Lafortune took home the victory with a score of 334.95. Moreover, he was followed by Cleveland’s Matthew Akers who had a score of 327, while Patrick Tener also of IUPUI finished in third place with a score of 323.45. Green Bay’s Miles Rohrbaugh finished in fourth place with a score of 294.45, followed by Cleveland’s Anthony Styrtt (283.05) and UIC’s Andrew Lewarchick (277.95). Milwaukee’s Jared Kleczka (276.25) and UIC’s Ryan Murphy (254.40) rounded out the top eight divers.

Diving HLSD Men 1M

Women’s 200 Free Relay

Oakland University continued their winning streak of relays as the quartet of Katie Colwell, Karlee Marsh, Grace Shinske, Sohvi Nenonen decisively finished first in a time of 1:31.04. Further, IUPUI’s team finished with second place honours in a time of 1:33.32, while Cleveland State’s team finished in third place with a time of 1:33.94.

Horizon League Swimming Women 200 free relay 2020

Men’s 200 Free Relay

Cleveland State won a hotly contested championship final as their team of Dominic Poletta, Jack MacDonald, DJ Arslanian and Ryan Sedlak took home top honours in a time of 1:19.32. Meanwhile, Oakland’s team finished close behind in second place with a time of 1:19.60. IUPUI finished third in a time of 1:20.59.

Men 200 Free Relay HLSD 2020

The 2020 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships continues tomorrow with the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay and women’s 1-meter diving event.