Lytvenok’s Triple Highlights Grand Canyon Victory Over Bakersfield

The Grand Canyon men and women topped Bakersfield in a dual meet on the road. The men’s meet was closely matched, with the final score at 156.5-143.5. Iegor Lytvenok picked up 3 individual wins to help Grand Canyon to victory: the 200 free, 200 back, and 200 IM. The Grand Canyon women topped Bakersfield 176-122

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – In their first match of the season against a conference team, the Grand Canyon University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Bakersfield Saturday. The men’s team won 156.5-143.5 and the women’s team won 176-122.

For the women’s swim team, they opened the match with first and second place finishes in the 200-medley relay. Iryna Glavnyk, Kathleen Robertson, Rebecca Coan, and Jovanna Koens took first place with 1:45.07. Close behind with a time of 1:47.20, the team of Samiha Mohsen, Vangelina Draganova, Hannah Peseau, and Kelsey Lang finished second.

Glavnyk placed first in the 100-back (56.66), 200-back (2:04.51), and 200-IM (2:06.86). Peseau finished second in the 100-back with a time of 59.66 and second in the 100-butterfly (58.08) .

Coan (2:07.71) and Yara Fakhry (2:09.99) picked up the top-two times in the 200-butterfly and Coan also finished first in the 100-butterfly (57.38). Koens had the top-time in the 50-free (24.09). Koens continued her success with runner-up placement in the 100-free.

Draganova was the runner-up in the 100-breast (1:06.23), only 0.23 behind Bakersfield’s top-finisher. Angelina Mikish and Robertson finished third and fourth, respectively. Fakrhy and Draganova placed first and second in the 200-breast with times of 2:21.16 and 2:23.69, respectively.

The men’s swimming team earned a first place finish in the 200-medley relay whereMark Nikolaev, Youssef Elkamash, Daniil Antipov, and Illya Glazunov picked up a time of 1:30.41.

Iegor Lytvenok had a time of 1:37.70 in his victory in the 200-freestyle event, while he won the 200-back event with a time of 1:51.14. He also won the 200-IM (1:46.95).

Nikolaev had a first place finish in the 100-back and a second place finish in the 200-back. Antipov picked up the title in the 200-butterfly and the 100-butterfly. Glazunov placed first in the 50-free (20.85) and second in the 100-free (46.14).

GCU took the top-two slots in the 100-breast with Youssef Elkamash and Mantas Auruskevicius earning times of 57.05 and 58.3, respectively. Elkamash, Auruskevicius, and Adam Kastigar earned the top-three places in the 200-breast.

In diving, the men earned the top-two spots in the three-meter, led by Michael Bidak‘s 283.35 and Todd Alden had 260.33. Bidak, Michael Winfrey and Alden snagged the first three scores in the one-meter.

Rachel Adams (209.85) and Elizabeth Fogel (205.88) took second and third in the three-meter dive. Menna Elmidany (231.83) and Fogel (215.48) finished second and third in the one-meter.

“I was very impressed with today’s performance,especially with the 1-2-3 sweep of the men’s one meter event,” said head diving coach Tracey Eldridge. “The women also did very well and contributed to the win over Bakersfield. I am excited to see how we look with another month of training under our belts.”

The Lopes will host Seattle U Oct 23-24 out at the Southwest Valley YMCA in Goodyear, Ariz. Matches will begin at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 24. The women’s squad will also be facing Loyola Marymount during the event. A full recap will be available at

Swimming news courtesy of Gran Canyon Swimming & Diving.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif.– The CSU Bakersfield swimming and diving teams opened the 2015-16 season Saturday morning at the Hillman Aquatic Center by welcoming fellow WAC member Grand Canyon for the first meet of the year. The Antelopes squeezed out a win on the women’s side, 156.5-143.5, while the GCU men defeated CSUB 176-122.

After the meet, CSUB’s Director of Swimming, Chris Hansen, was pleased with the overall results in the season opener: “The women have something to prove this year and we are off to a great start. I am really proud of both squads today.”

For the ‘Runner women, Carlee Burks, Kelsey Lange,Dylana Milobar, and Paola Hernandez led the women in a close meet. Lange, a senior who is the defending WAC champion in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, won the 100 (1:56.63) on Saturday and finished third in the 200 (53.96). The San Jose, Calif. native also helped the women’s 400 free relay team to a first place finish against GCU.

Burks, a junior from Bakersfield, picked up a pair of wins on both the 1- and 3-meter boards. The Centennial High School graduate scored 235.65 points on the 1-meter to defeat GCU’s Mennattalah Elmidany by less than three points. Later in the meet, Burks trounced all competitors, scoring 250.05 points on the 3-meter and winning bya 40-point margin.

Milobar, a junior from British Columbia, won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.00, just two and a half seconds slower than her All-Conference time from 2014-15. She also finished first for the ‘Runners and third overall in the 200 breast (2:25.03).

Hernandez upset her teammate, Lange, in the 100 free with a first-place time of 52.26. The performance was good enough to defeat her closest competitor by 0.95 seconds. The junior from Lompoc, Calif. also swam well in the 200 IM and 50 free, earning second-place finishes in both events.

“I’m also psyched to see newcomers Emily Vose andSabrina Zavala picked up wins today,” said Hansen. Vose and Zavala alternated first and second place finishes in the 1000 and 500 free on Saturday with Vose winning the longer event. The freshman from England posted a time of 10:42.35 to take the 1000, which places her only 10 seconds outside of the CSUB Top 5 all-time. Zavala, a freshman from South Pasadena, Calif., won the 500 in 5:11.36, a mere 12 seconds outside of the Top 5. Junior Felicia Zamora helped the ‘Runners complete a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000 free as well.

The CSUB men struggled to keep up with a strong Grand Canyon squad on Sunday, but, Hansen was pleased with several individual performances: “Lovre Soric swam his best dual meet season times in both the 100 free and the 200 IM today. He has been a tremendous leader for us on land and proved he can be a leader in the pool.”

Grand Canyon, a squad known for powerful sprinters, had their hands full with Soric on Saturday. The native of Croatia won the 100 free in a time of 46.11, faster than his best time from a year ago and under 1.5 seconds outside of the CSUB Top 5 all-time. The sophomore also gave the ‘Lopes a run in the 200 IM and 200 free as well as Soric earned second place in both events just behind Iegor Lytvenok, a WAC Champion several times over.

Sophomore Bryant Fascio and freshman Owen van Krimpen both earned wins for the ‘Runners on Saturday as well. Just like their female counterparts, Fascio and van Krimpen traded first and second on the 500 and 1000 freestyle races. Fascio earned gold in the longer event with a time of 9:47.56 while van Krimpen took the 500 in 4:46.59.

The CSUB men’s 400 free relay team put together an impressive performance at the Hillman Aquatic Complex. The quartet of Christopher Salcido, Bryce Timonera, Joe Cobarrubias, and Mihael Vukic earned a win with a time of 3:06.72, less than half a second off of CSUB’s second-best time of the year last season. “The 400 free relay was also big,” said Hansen. “They pulled out a great in-season time.”

The Roadrunners will return to action next weekend, Oct. 16-17, when the both the men and women head south for the Malibu Invitational hosted by Pepperdine.

Swimming news courtesy of Bakersfield Swimming & Diving.

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