Cleveland State Men, Xavier Women Lead Early On At Magnus Cup

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November 23rd, 2019 College, News

2019 Magnus Cup

Courtesy: Cleveland State Athletics

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State University men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams won four races and posted a pair of NCAA Zones scores on the boards as the Vikings hosted the opening day of the Magnus Cup Friday inside Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.

The CSU men sit in first place with 497 points, close to 200 points clear of second place. The Viking women are locked in a tight battle for first as they are second with 318.5 points but sit just 1.5 points out of the top spot.

Junior Matt Akers put forth an impressive showing on the 3-meter diving board to lead the Viking cause Friday.

Akers won the event going away as he finished with 377.50 points. That effort followed his score of 388.20 in prelims, which saw him finish nearly 70 point ahead of the NCAA Zones standard. He surpassed his personal best entering the day by over 55 points. All of Akers’ dives Friday netted at least 51 points while eight of the 12 tallied at least 60 points. His highest score dive was a reverse 1.5 somersault, 3.5 twist free that earned 78.75 points.

CSU swept the top four spots in the event with all four notching a new personal best Friday. Junior Trevor Mahoney finished second with 306.90 points, nearly 20 points higher than his prior PR, senior Antony Styrt took third with 286.10, after scoring 310.15 in prelims, while sophomore Konstantin Vincent was fourth with a new personal best of 278.90.

Juniors Timothy Kubacki and Dominik Niedzialek both won individual events Friday with the latter also swimming on a winning relay.

Kubacki won the 200 IM in 1:47.79, more than two seconds faster than his personal best entering the day. In doing so, he became the second-fastest performer in program history.

Sophomore Jack Krusinski was the runner-up in the 200 IM in 1:51.23 after resetting his personal best in prelims. Junior Josh Hodges took fifth (1:55.30), senior Ryan Johnston took 10th (1:56.37) and senior Austin Spruill finished 16th (1:59.10). Senior Tyler Stevenson had placed third in prelims before scratching for finals.

Niedzialek won the 500 freestyle with ease as his time of 4:26.66 put him more than six seconds clear of the field. His time was also a new Magnus Cup meet record.

Kubacki had posted the second-fastest time in prelims, shattering his PR with a 4:27.88, but scratched for finals. He became the sixth-fastest performer in school history with his prelims swim.

Junior Alec Bowie and sophomore Austin Harper took eighth (4:39.17) and 19th (4:45.96) in the 500 free, respectively.

Senior Dominic Poletta led a number of Vikings to place highly in the 50 freestyle.

Poletta was the runner-up in 20.40, senior Jack MacDonald took fourth in 20.76, senior DJ Arslanian placed sixth in 21.01, Stevenson was seventh in 21.08 and junior Ryan Sedlak was eighth in 21.22. Stevenson had reset his personal best in prelims by over a quarter second.

The CSU men also won both relays contested Friday and had four top-three showings overall in the two events.

Stevenson, Arslanian, Poletta and MacDonald won the 200 free relay in 1:20.70. Krusinski, sophomore Bob Lenart, freshman Nathen Eberhardt and Sedlak took third in 1:23.10.

In the 400 medley relay, Niedzialek, Krusinski, senior Matthew Martin and Poletta won in 3:18.42. Kubacki, Stevenson, Arslanian and MacDonald were the runners-up in 3:20.01.

Freshman Emma Kerro had one of the more noteworthy efforts for the CSU women with her performance in 1-meter diving. Competing at home for the first time as a collegian, Kerro finished in third place with 288.05 points. Her score surpassed the NCAA Zones standard by over 20 points and was fewer than six points off the school record. Kerro’s best dive in finals was a reverse 1.5 somersault pike that earned 54 points.

Junior Erica Henrichsen just missed qualifying for the championship final and placed 12th overall with 248.35 points.

Junior Lexie Kostelnik had the highest individual finish by a female Viking Friday by leading a strong CSU showing in the 500 freestyle.

Kostelnik was the runner-up in the 500 in 5:00.13. Freshman Rachel Contich was third in 5:00.60 while fellow newcomer Sule van der Merwe was sixth in 5:01.34. Both new Vikings moved into the top 10 performers list with their efforts Friday.

Freshman Hannah Cooper finished 16th in the 500 free in 5:05.86.

The CSU women put two among the top 10 in the 200 IM as sophomore Agnes Bahr was fifth (2:05.47) and junior Alana Cartwright was 10th (2:08.05).

Three other Vikings scored in the event, two of whom reset personal bests. Freshman Caroline Hughes won the consolation final in 2:07.58, junior Shaw Barney finished 16th (2:08.88) and freshman Abigail Ramey took 18th (2:09.75). Hughes posted a new personal best in finals while Barney did so in prelims.

Senior Gabriella Marinelli was CSU’s top finisher in the 50 freestyle, placing eighth in 24.11 seconds, while all three Vikings that swam in the consolation final reset personal bests.

Senior Madi Jaszcz won the consolation final in a personal-best 24.01, Laruen Frank took 13th in a personal-best 24.15 while junior Irena Weclawiak was 16th in 24.37 after restting her personal best in prelims.

Weclawiak, Frank, Marinelli and Jaszcz had the fastest 200 free relay finish for CSU, taking fifth in 1:36.29. Senior Chuchu Yang, Cartwright, Bahr and Hughes were seventh in the same event in 1:36.89.

Yang, Cartwright, Jaszcz and Weclawiak finished fourth in the 400 medley relay to provide the top finish for the Viking women in 3:49.81. Hughes, junior Libby Smith, Barney and Marinelli took eighth in 3:52.20.

Cleveland State will host the second day of the Magnus Cup Saturday with six individual events and two relays for each gender.

Courtesy: Xavier Athletics

CLEVELAND – Men’s and women’s swimming wrapped up the first day of the eighth annual CSU Magnus Cup Friday evening. The women completed the first day in first while the men sit in third. The meet continues tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.



200 Free Relay Conners, Saustad, Bosse, Cummins 1:34.26 1st
50 Breast Lydia Schaeffer 29.16 2nd
500 Free Emma Kauffeld 5:05.50 8th
200 IM Alison Herman     2:04.74 3rd
50 Free Emily Conners 23.18 1st
400 Medley Relay Atkins, Shaeffer, Hogan, Conners 3:48.64 2nd


1. Xavier     320
2. Cleveland State     318.5
3. Delaware    317
4. Bowling Green    278.5
5. Youngstown    147
6. ndiana University of PA     124
7. Gannon University    99.5
8. Cumberlands      98
9. Akron   90
10. California (PA)  39
11. Fairmont    22.5
12. Anderson     9



200 Free Relay Wing, Geraghty, Lundal, Quon 3:22.11 5th
500 Free Andrew Martin 4:33.14 2nd
200 IM Davis Klein 1:55.15 6th
50 Free Roark Lundal 21.24 12th
400 Medley Relay Thomas, Bernard, Abboud, Wing 3:22.11 3rd


1. Cleveland State     496
2. Delaware     310
3. Xavier     258
4. Gannon    200
5. Cumberlands      160
6. Indiana University of PA      102
7. Youngstown    83
8. West Virginia Tech      54
9. Anderson    50
10. Fairmont State      49


  • Day two of the CSU Magnus Cup begins with prelims at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Day two’s events include: 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 freestyle relay as well as women’s three meter diving and men’s one meter diving.

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