Men’s swimming and diving dominates in the home pool, women’s team continues to struggle

While the men’s team won the Magnus Cup, the women’s team fought hard for seventh place, losing a tough battle

Cleveland State University’s swimming and diving teams took on the Magnus Cup to end off their year. It was another absolutely dominant performance for the men’s team as they took first place out of seven on all three days of the meet. There were a couple of meet records as well from senior Timothy Kubacki and a huge number of personal bests in many categories.

The Vikings get themselves hyped up before their meet. Photo courtesy of Vikings Athletics

The final night began with junior Spencer Tussing, freshman Jackson Nester, and sophomore Jake Taulbee taking second, third, and fifth respectively in the 1650-yard freestyle. Soon after, Kubacki set the meet record in the preliminary rounds of the 200-yard backstroke with a 1:44.73. This record did not last long, however, as Kubacki took matters into his own hands during the finals to beat his old record with a 1:43.41 to help the Vikings win that event.

The 200-yard breaststroke saw the Vikings go 1-2-3 with senior Jack Krusinski, sophomore Blake Fry, and senior Griffin Manning bringing home the win in the event. A win in the 200-yard butterfly followed this, taking the top four spots in that event. The meet ended with a dominant performance in the 400-yard freestyle as the Vikings squad of freshman Paddy Johnston, sophomore Kenny Thomas, junior Nathan Eberhardt, and Tussing set a meet record time of 2:58.19.

Nine Vikings set personal bests in their events and Kubacki’s time in the 200-yard backstroke was an NCAA B-Standard time, his third time doing this during the weekend meet. Overall, the weekend was an enormous success for the Vikings, as the men’s team continues to rule over the Magnus Cup defending their home with pride.

A Vikings swimmer on the women’s team races during the Magnus Cup. Photo courtesy of Vikings Athletics

The women’s team finished in seventh during the weekend as Akron took the overall win of the cup. They did not go down without a fight, however, as nine Vikings had personal bests during the final night, including sophomore Ana Sofia Sousa‘s 51.92 in the 100-yard freestyle and freshman Amanda Paxson‘s 2:04.75 in the 200-yard backstroke.

The women’s team continues to show heart during their meets, a team that is just going to continue to grow and get better over the next couple of years. Only six of the 20 rostered Vikings are upperclassmen, which has clearly led to some growing pains.

Both teams will have a long break before their next swim meet, which will be against UIC and IUPUI on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 for a two-day meet.