Duquesne, Akron Women in Heated Battle at Magnus Cup Invite

After day 2 of the Magnus Cup Invitational at Cleveland State, Akron holds just a 3.5 point lead over Duquesne on the women’s side (1042 to 1038.5). On the men’s side, Cleveland State holds a steady lead over Xavier. Full results can be found here.

Cleveland State:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After day two of the fourth annual CSU Magnus Cup, the Cleveland State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams remained consistent with the men’s team heading into the final day atop the six-team field and the women’s team in fifth place out of 10.

The teams completed the men’s 1M dive, women’s 3M dive, 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and 800 Free relay.

Though the women’s team did not record a top finish, the team had several respectable times including four top-10’s.

Much like the day one in which both the women’s relays finished in seventh, both the 200 Medley and 800 Free relays finished in ninth place today. The 200 Medley team (1:46.56) consisted of Cassandra Oltman, Tobie Zeller, Molly McNamara and Anna Evans. The 800 Free relay team (7:48.80) included Claudia Zido, Kimberly Jiminez, McNamara and Michaela Bargardi.

In the 100 Fly, McNamara finished in second place (55.07) only behind Akron’s Erin Seiler who broke the Busbey Natatorium pool record in the event.

In the 3M dive, senior Sammie Sposet finished in sixth place in a competitive field with a score of 225.90.

Zido (200 Free – 11th), Evans (14th – 100 Back), Oltman (16th – 100 Back), Zeller (16th – 100 Breast) all had solid individual races as well. Bethany Robertson, Kayley Chevalier and Meghan Miller finished one, after the other, after the other (16, 17, 18) in the 400 IM.

On the men’s side, Saturday’s performance was a deja vu of Friday’s.

Beginning with the 1M dive, Danny Roberts again topped the field as he did in the 3M, posting a score of 282.40. Teammate’s Daniel Wilcox (203.90) and Curtis Roden (200.80) both finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the pool, the Vikings score two more Busbey Natatorium pool records. The 200 Medley relay team, the first event swam in the 5:00 p.m. finals, broke the 2011 record with a 1:28.41. That team consisted of Philipp Sikatzki, Tommi Wolst, Szymon Golczyk and Declan Mclaughlin. Like Friday, the “B” relay team was right behind them in second place. John LaValle, Phillip Brittain, Adam Ingledew and Robert Tolson grabbed a 1:32.19.

In the 100 Fly, Sikatzki earned a new pool record that was established 31 years ago in 1984. He swam a 46.93.

Golczyk was not far off Sikatzki, swimming a 47.37 and earning a second-place. Ingledew finished fourth in the event with a 50.64.

The Vikings would go on to take three more first-place finishes as Gage Alleman won the 400 IM (4:00.21), Wolst won the 100 Back (48.83) and Golczyk, Sikatzki, Tolson and Wolst finished Saturday’s finals with a win in the 800 Free relay.

Sean Mulvin (1:43.00) and Patrick Walsh (1:43.03) finished third and fourth respectively in the 200 Free.

The CSU Magnus Cup will conclude with Sunday’s finals beginning at 3:00 p.m. The teams will race the 1650 Free (Fast heat only), 100 IM, 50 Fly, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 50 Back, 200 Fly and 400 Free Relay.


Duquesne’s swimming team finished day two of Cleveland State’s Magnus Cup Invitational in second place of 10 teams with 1038.5 team points. The Dukes trail Akron by just 3.5 points and lead third place Xavier by by over 250 points heading into the third and final day of the meet.

The Dukes opened the evening finals by placing third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:42.94.

In the next race, the 400 IM, Duquesne swimmers finished first and third as sophomore Lexi Santer won in 4:21.71 and freshman Abigail Stauffertouched third in 4:23.43.

Sophomore Kayla Owens followed that by setting a school record in the 100 butterfly with a third place time of 55.73 before fellow sophomore Gabrielle Sibilia captured another third place finish, this time in the 200 freestyle in 1:51.88.

The Red and Blue then finished first and second in the 100 breaststroke as Owens won the event in 1:03.24 and Stauffer was right behind in 1:03.47.

The meet ended for DU as the 800 free relay squad of senior Samantha Ray, Santer, freshmanMorgan Smith and Sibilia placed first in 7:27.81.

“We had another strong day today,” said head coach David Sheets. “The ladies focused on the things they could control and we are right there with one day left in the meet. We have a lot of good events tomorrow and will continue to work on getting as many kids back for second swim Sunday afternoon.”

The third and final day of the meet takes place Sunday with preliminaries at 9:00 am and finals at 4:00 pm.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Day two of the Magnus Cup Invitational at Cleveland State is complete and the Akron swimming and diving team took control of first place with 1,042 points on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Akron (1,042), Duquense (1,038.5) and Xavier (680) are the top three teams out of 10 after day one of the invitational.

The Zips concluded the night with 10 top-three finishes in eight events including five first-place winners.

In the three-meter diving competition, a pair of Zips, senior Alice Hottensmith(Brunswick, Ohio), and junior Paige Kelkenberg (Lockport, N.Y.), finished back-to-back in first and second place. Kelkenberg shattered the previous Magnus Cup (300.15) record in the three-meter dive posting a score of 316.55, while Hottensmith tallied a score of 275.60 for second place.

Just like day one of the invitational, the Zips finished in first and second in the initial event of the night. Junior Luka Szynal (Lublin, Poland), senior Hannah Raspopovich (Crown Point, Ind.), senior Erin Seiler (Phoenixville, Pa.) and freshmen Ragen Engel (Springfield, Ohio) swam the 200 medley relay swiftly in 1:41.38, the fourth-fastest time in program history.

The Zips second team in the race consisting of junior Laura Savariau (Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud), freshmen Madison Myers (Akron, Ohio), freshmen Sadie Fazekas (Windsor, Ontario) and sophomore Susan Franz (Canton, Ohio) were just as impressive breaking into the fifth-fastest time in program history finishing in at 1:41.56.

Seiler now holds the fastest time in the 100 butterfly at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium with a time of 54.19. She now also holds the second-fastest time in program history and her time puts her in the top 20 fastest times in the NCAA in the event (19).

Szynal and Myers had the one-two punch in the 100 backstroke taking first and second place. Szynal posted the fourth-fastest time in the program (54.30) for first and Myers time of 54.56 also enters the top ten times of the program at number five.

Akron swimming and diving concludes the Magnus Cup Invitational tomorrow, Nov. 22, with prelims starting at 9 a.m. and the finals slated for 3 p.m. at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium on the campus of Cleveland State.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – After day two at the Cleveland State University Magnus Cup Invitational the Xavier women’s swim team stands in third place, while the men’s team is in second.

The Musketeer women opened the day by setting the fifth fastest time in school history in the 200 medley relay with Paxtyn Drew, Haley Dresner, Caroline Gaertner and Claire Brolsma finishing in 1:44.18.

In the 400 IM, Mackenna Rife took 10th with a time of 4:32.12. Maggie Kauffeld entered the top-10 time in schoo history with a time of 4:35.08, seventh in school history. Jenna Wilkesalso entered the top 10 with a time of 4:36.98.

In the 100 fly, Gaertner took fifth with a time of 56.14, the second fastest time all-time and just 0.01 off Bethanie Griffin’s school record. Annie Cummins took ninth with a time of 57.01, and set the fourth fastest time in school history in the preliminary rounds 56.69. Ashley Whiteley improved her sixth-best time in school history to 57.20 and Broslma moved up to 11th in Xavier records with a time of 58.16.

In the 200 free, Katie Kerr took second with a time of 1:51.77 after setting the second fastest time in school history in the prelims, touching the wall 1:51.66.

In the 100 breast, Dresner took fourth with a time of 1:05.03. Becca Titterton moved up to sixth all-time with a time of 1:06.47.

Gaertner set a new school record and finished third in the 100 back with a time of 55.36. Drew finished fifth with a time of 55.81. Laura Dicus moved up to ninth with a time of 57.82. Anne Locker‘s prelim time of 58.07 stands in the top 10 of Xavier records, and Annie Cummins‘ time of 58.67 stands at 16th in Xavier records.

The Xavier women closed the event by taking fourth in the 800 free relay with Kerr, Molly Kroeger, Gaertner and Drew finishing in 7:35.34, fourth fastest time all-time in Xavier records.

The Xavier women finished with 456 points, standing in third behind Akron and Duquesne out of 10 teams competing.

The men opened the day with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Erik Biernat, Michael Pettinichi, Tony Miller and Rodrigo Suriano finishing in 1:32.39.

Nick Foster finished second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:06.58. Chase Baldwin followed him in with a time of 4:06.59 to take third and move up to 11th in XU records.

In the 100 fly, David Bunnell took sixth with a time of 50.97 after setting the eighth fastest time in school history, 50.60, during prelims. Biernat finished eighth with a time of 51.47 and Miller finished 10th with a time of 52.76 after moving up to 13th in school records with a prelim time of 51.52.

In the 200 free Enrique Hernandez took second with a time of 1:42.68, tying for 14th fastest in Xavier history. Alex Wolfred finished sixth with a time of 1:43.89.

In the 100 breast, Pettinichi took second and moved up to seventh all time with a time of 57.31. Matthew Dyer finished seventh with a time of 59.02 after setting the 11th fastest time in school history during prelims, 58.44. Owen Dougherty also moved into the Xavier records with a time of 59.86.

In the 100 back, Nathan Runyon took fifth with a time of 51.42, 10th fastest in school history. Suriano took sixth with a time of 51.53. Biernat finished seventh in 51.75 after tying for 11th fastest time in school history, 51.46, during prelims. Sam Johanns finished ninth with a time of 52.64, and moved up to 14th in school records with a prelim time of 52.08.

The men closed the event with Foster, Hernandez, Wolfred and Baldwin taking second in the 800 medley relay with a time of 6:52.50.

The Xavier men totaled 1,024 points through two days to stand in second place behind Cleveland State with nine swimming events remaining on Sunday.

Events resume tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 9:00 a.m. and finals beginning at 3:00 p.m.

George Washington:


CLEVELAND – The George Washington men’s swimming and diving team tallied 10 A Final performances Saturday on day two of the Cleveland State-hosted Magnus Cup Invitational.

The Colonials are in third place with 593.5 points with one day of competition remaining, as Cleveland State leads the six-team field with 1,234.5 points ahead of Xavier (1,024) in second. Saginaw (492), Cumberlands (460) and Notre Dame College (221) trail GW.

“I’m very happy with another great session for us here on the second day of the Magnus Cup,” said first-year head coach James Winchester. “We really stepped it up today with a lot more A Final performances, highlighted by our swimmers coming in on the top end of those finals.”

Sophomore Gustav Hokfelt posted GW’s best finish on the day, taking third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.54. Freshman Harrison Boubon took eighth in the same event, finishing in 52.53.

A pair of Colonials had top-five performances in the 100-yard breaststroke, with junior Bogdan Balteanu’s fourth-place finish (58.68) followed closely by freshman Josh Monacelli in fifth (58.92).

In the 100-yard butterfly, junior Ben Fitch grabbed fifth (50.78), before sophomore Adam Drury and junior Liam Huffman took seventh (1:43.99) and eighth (1:44.68), respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle.

Rookie Nicolas Reeves rounded out GW’s top individual performances, taking seventh in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:14.10.

In Saturday’s relays, Hokfelt, Balteanu, Fitch and freshman Alexander Auster grabbed sixth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:34.03 to open the day, and the team of Drury, Huffman, Keegan and Balteanu took fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:58.30 in the evening’s final event.

The Colonials return to the pool on Sunday for the final day of competition, beginning qualifying events at 9 a.m. and finals in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 100-yard IM, 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 50-yard backstroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay at 3 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to our last day here at the Magnus Cup,” said Coach Winchester. “We’re hoping to finish things off with a bang.”


CLEVELAND – Junior Lauren Law posted a record-breaking performance for the second-straight day as the George Washington women’s swimming and diving team completed day two of the Cleveland State-hosted Magnus Cup Invitational on Saturday.

The Colonials sit in fourth place with 456 points, behind Akron (1,042) in first, Duquesne (1,038.5) in second and Xavier (680) in third. GW is ahead of Cleveland State (384.5), Youngstown State (362), Saginaw (195), Cumberlands (122), Saint Francis (106) and Notre Dame College (12) with one day of competition remaining.

“I’m very happy with another great session for us here on the second day of the Magnus Cup,” said first-year head coach James Winchester. “The women had a great session this evening, led by captain Lauren Law, who set a school record, and also the women’s 200- medley relay team who was within .02 of the school record.”

Junior Lauren Law broke her own program record in the 400-yard individual medley on Saturday, posting a time of 4:22.11 to finish second overall and best her previous mark of 4:23.32. Freshman Emily Zhang placed fifth in the same event with a time of 4:26.46 – good for second on GW’s all-time list.

Law made her second A Final appearance in the 100-yard butterfly, where she placed seventh (57.00), making the jump from eighth to fifth on GW’s all-time list with her personal-best time of 56.99 in the preliminaries.

The Colonials posted a strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle, as senior Madison Reinker touched the wall fourth in 1:52.64, improving on her previous personal record for GW’s ninth-best mark all-time. Reinker was followed closely by sophomore Abigail Fusco, who took fifth in 1:52.90 for GW’s 10th-best time.

Sophomore Abigail Fusco rounded out GW’s best individual performances, placing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.94 – good for second on the program’s all-time list.

The Colonials also performed well in the day’s relays, beginning with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay as Fusco, Zhang, Law and sophomore Hannah Kopydlowski were just .02 off of the program’s record with a time of 1:44.16. GW finished the day on a high note, as Law, Fusco and Zhang teamed up with Reinker for a second-place effort in the 800-yard freestyle relay to close Saturday’s competition.

The Colonials return to the pool on Sunday for the final day of competition, beginning qualifying events at 9 a.m. Finals in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 100-yard IM, 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 50-yard backstroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay begin at 3 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to our last day here at the Magnus Cup,” said Coach Winchester. “We’re hoping to finish things off with a bang.”

Saint Francis:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Saint Francis swimming team concluded day two of the three-day Magnus Cup on Saturday. The Magnus Cup is hosted by Cleveland State University. The Red Flash competed in two relays and five individual events on Saturday.

Senior Catherine Rogers (Nokesville, Va./Seton School) was the Red Flash’s top finisher in two of the individual events. Rogers posted her best time of the Fall in the 100-yard Breaststroke, with a time of 1:05.24, to finish sixth out of 40 competitors. She also had SFU’s top time in the 100-yard Butterfly, with a pace of 59.14, also a season-best.

Sophomore Katie Lafferty (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) completed the 100-yard Butterfly in 1:00.14. She also recorded a time of 1:56.10 in the 200-yard Freestyle to finish 25th out of 40 swimmers.

Fellow sophomore Emma Karell (Norrtlje, Sweden/Tby Swim Club) was the top Red Flash competitor in the 400-yard IM, with a time of 4:37.86 to win her heat, while junior Paige McLean (Bolton, Ontario/St. Michael Catholic Secondary) finished 21st out of 40 swimmers, with a pace of 4:44.94. She also competed in the 100-yard Breaststroke, finishing in 1:09.27.

Senior Sara Dieterich (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Connetquot) recorded SFU’s top time in the 100-yard Backstroke, with a pace of 1:01.42. Sophomore Alicia Tiberino (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) finished the event in 1:02.34.

In the 200-yard Medley Relay, Lafferty, McLean, Jessie Reilly(Pittsburgh, Pa. /Upper St. Clair) and Rogers combined for a time of 1:48.55 to finish 13th out of 27 relay teams.

Karell, Lafferty, Reilly and Rogers teamed up in the 800-yard Freestyle Relay, placing 15th with a time of 7:58.08. Dieterich, McLean, Rory O’Dell (Chapel Hill, N.C./Northwood) and Natalie Tedjasukmana (Anaheim, Calif./Mater Dei) finished 17th with a pace of 8:11.10.

The Magnus Cup concludes on Sunday with the 1,650 Freestyle, 100 IM, 50 Butterfly, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 50 Backstroke, 200 Butterfly and 400 Freestyle Relay.

Saginaw Valley State:

UNIVERSITY CENTER – The SVSU swimming & diving team wrapped up day two of competition at the Cleveland State Invitational in the same standing as they started. The women stand at seventh with 195 points and men hold at fourth with 492.

The men’s 200 yard medley relay team of Tyler Miller, Shaun Yap, Dalton Pokley and Grayson Arnold took fourth with a time of 1:33.32.

Dalton Pokley took seventh for the men in the 100 yard butterfly with a final time of 51.30, followed by Michael Spears, who earned ninth, coming in at 51.51.

Peter Lin earned fifth place in the 200 yard freestyle, recording a program record at 1:43.61.

In the women’s 100 yard breastroke, Lydia Mattar came in seventh, posting a time of 1:05.30.

Yap earned first place for the second time during the invitational, this time in the men’s 100 yard breaststroke, recording a new program record of 54.20. Teammates Tyler Miller took eighth place in the same race, posting a time of 59.65.

Amanda Thielen took ninth place in the 100 yard backstroke, setting a program record time of 56.99.

The women’s 800 yard freestyle relay team finished tenth with the time of 7:50.00. The team consisted of Taylor Grashuis, Lydia Mattar, Alexandra Davis and Amanda Thielen.

The men’s 800 yard free relay team of Tanner Peltier, Nick Berens, Dalton Pokley and Peter Lin landed at seventh, finishing with a 7:13.14.

Wilhelmina Francisco earned fifth in the women’s three meter diving, posting a final score of 229.85. In the men’s three meter diving, Maxwell Buxton earned second place with a score of 218.55.

Up Next For the Cardinals…

The Cardinals will wrap up the invitational tomorrow, November 22. This will be the last competition for the Cardinals until January.

Swimming news courtesy of Cleveland State, Duquesne, Akron, George Washington, Saint Francis, Saginaw Valley State, and Xavier Swimming & Diving.

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