Oakland Captures Record Fourteenth-Straight Summit League Swimming and Diving Titles
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams claimed their league record fourteenth-straight Summit League Swimming and Diving titles Saturday night at the OU Aquatic Center. On the final day of the four-day event two more league records were set and four NCAA 'B' cut times were reached.
The OU women's team tallied 977 points for the crown, while IUPUI came in runner-up with 517 points and Omaha finished in a close third with 512.5 points. South Dakota State was fourth with a total of 476 points followed by South Dakota in fifth (420 points). Eastern Illinois took sixth (279.5 points) and Western was seventh (148 points).
The Golden Grizzlies' men's team totaled 1,038 points in first, followed by South Dakota State with 510 points in second and IUPUI with 479 points in third. Eastern Illinois recorded a fourth place finish with 453 points while Western Illinois took fifth (397 points) and South Dakota came in sixth (377 points).
Oakland earned six individual awards, while IUPUI collected the final two. On the women's side for OU, Karin Tomeckova was named Newcomer of the Year, Tricia Grant claimed Diver of the Championship and Sandra Czerska garnered her second career Swimmer of the Championship honor. IUPUI's Matt Bos was named the Coach of the Year.
For the men, Oakland's Jorden Merrilees collected Newcomer of the Championship, Amr el Sayed earned his second consecutive Swimmer of the Championship award and Pete Hovland was named Coach of the Year. IUPUI's Mitchell Gauger was tabbed the Diver of the Championship.
The final day began with the women's 1,650 free as OU's Vanessza Balogh claimed her third-straight title with a time of 16:51.11. She was followed by teammate Julieanne Stears in second (17:03.12) and South Dakota State's Andee Budahl in third (17:04.62).
Oakland's el Sayed defended his title in the men's 1,650 free winning in a league record and NCAA 'B' cut time of 15:14.45. South Dakota State's Blake Yeager came in runner-up (16:05.25) and Western Illinois' Matt Abercrombie finished third (16:09.86).
In the women's 200 back, the Golden Grizzlies claimed the top-two spots both recording NCAA 'B' cut times. Tomeckova took first place with a league record swim of 1:57.31, while Alyssa Busch took second (1:58.14) and IUPUI's Lexi Laird ended in third (1:59.90).
On the men's side, OU's Anders Jensen earned his fourth career title in the event with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:43.33. Teammate Merrilees was second (1:46.93) and South Dakota's Ian Ford was third (1:47.51).
The 100 free was won by Oakland's Nikki Flynn touching the wall at 50.73. SDSU's Kaylin Caron followed in second (51.16) and IUPUI's Lizzie Bourgeois in third (51.23).
The Golden Grizzlies swept the men's 100 free as Grant Harding won in 44.48, while Matyas Keresztes finished second (44.80) and Zach Johnson was third (45.29).
IUPUI's Jenny Oleksiak captured her first career league crown with a victory in the 200 breast in 2:17.91. South Dakota's Shannon Moceri came in runner-up (2:19.46) and Omaha's Maddie Hutt took third (2:20.42).
OU's Hrafn Traustason won the men's 200 breast in 2:01.86 and teammate Tobias Hansen finished second (2:01.93). South Dakota State's Patrick Shea was third (2:03.67).
Oakland swept the top-three spots in the final individual event for the women. Czerska earned her fourth- straight league title in the 200 fly with a time of 2:00.18, while fellow Golden Grizzlies Emily Ludema (2:00.81) and Julie Vela (2:05.08) finished second and third, respectively.
In the men's 200 fly, Oakland finished one-two as Mario Rusnak won in 1:48.40 and Mitchell Alters came in second (1:48.58). South Dakota's Colin Krysl took third (1:51.46).
USD's Dustin Gens won his first league crown with a score of 294.15 in the men's three-meter dive. IUPUI claimed second and third in Gauger (290.05) and Cody Watts (284.20).
OU swept the 400 free relays, the final events of the championship. The Oakland women's relay squad of Flynn, Kyra Rietveld, Christine Seiple and Czerska posted a time of 3:24.81, while South Dakota State was second (3:27.55) and Omaha was third (3:29.51).
The men's relay team of Harding, el Sayed, Johnson and Keresztes won in 2:57.96. They were followed by Western Illinois in second (3:05.75) and Eastern Illinois in third (3:06.14).
Women's Final Team Rankings
1. Oakland – 977
2. IUPUI – 517
3. Omaha – 512.5
4. South Dakota State – 476
5. South Dakota – 420
6. Eastern Illinois – 279.5
7. Western Illinois – 148
Men's Final Team Rankings
1. Oakland – 1,038
2. South Dakota State – 510
3. IUPUI – 479
4. Eastern Illinois – 453
5. Western Illinois – 397
6. South Dakota – 377
Newcomer of the Championship: Karin Tomeckova, Oakland
Coach of the Year: Matt Boss: IUPUI
Diver of the Championship: Tricia Grant, Oakland
Swimmer of the Championship: Sandra Czerska, Oakland
Newcomer of the Championship: Jorden Merrilees, Oakland
Coach of the Year: Pete Hovland, Oakland
Diver of the Championship: Mitchell Gauger, IUPUI
Swimmer of the Championship: Amr el Sayed, Oakland
Women's All-League Team
Margaret Barber, IUPUI
Lizzie Bourgeois, IUPUI
Mercedez Bray, IUPUI
Lexi Laird, IUPUI
Jenny Oleksiak, IUPUI
Madison Taylor, IUPUI
Natalie Trout, IUPUI
Peyton Zehner, IUPUI
Vanessza Balogh, Oakland
Allison Bellford, Oakland
Alyssa Busch, Oakland
Sandra Czerska, Oakland
Nikki Flynn, Oakland
Tricia Grant, Oakland
Emily Ludema, Oakland
Kyra Rietveld, Oakland
Christine Seiple, Oakland
Julieanne Stears, Okland
Karin Tomeckova, Oakland
Julia Vela, Oakland
Grace Waller, Oakland
Jenna Foiles, Omaha
Mattea Fosbender, Omaha
Cami Hansberry, Omaha
Anna Haxby, Omaha
Maddie Hutt, Omaha
Miranda Knipfer, Omaha
Whitney Korgan, Omaha
Natalie Renshaw, Omaha
Erin Wright, Omaha
Megan Chmielewski, South Dakota
Shannon Moceri, South Dakota
Andee Budahl, South Dakota State
Kaylin Caron, South Dakota State
Devonne Dalin, South Dakota State
Selina Gilbertson, South Dakota State
Nicole Grimit, South Dakota State
Lisa Newberger, South Dakota State
Olivia Olesiak, South Dakota State
Kayce Smith, South Dakota State
Men's All-League Team
Joe Ciliak, Eastern Illinois
Dan Enge, Eastern Illinois
Chacour Koop, Eastern Illinois
Mike Lacine, Eastern Illinois
Colin McGill, Eastern Illinois
Josh Miller, Eastern Illinois
Tony Carroll, IUPUI
Mitchell Gauger, IUPUI
Luke Green, IUPUI
Alex Rhoda, IUPUI
Rich Sunkel, IUPUI
Cody Watts, IUPUI
Alex Aceino, Oakland
Mitchell Alters, Oakland
Amr el Sayed, Oakland
Tobias Hansen, Oakland
Grant Harding, Oakland
Anders Jensen, Oakland
Zach Johnson, Oakland
Matyas Keresztes, Oakland
Jorden Merrilees, Oakland
Brenden O'Shea, Oakland
Mario Rusnak, Oakland
Hrafn Traustason, Oakland
Ian Ford, South Dakota
Blake Frederick, South Dakota
Dustin Gens, South Dakota
Colin Krysl, South Dakota
Jake Tempesta, South Dakota
Phil Albu, South Dakota State
Ben Bolinske, South Dakota State
Wil Hogue, South Dakota State
Kyle Ochsner, South Dakota State
Brad Schoreit, South Dakota State
Patrick Shea, South Dakota State
Garth Wadsworth, South Dakota State
Blake Yeager, South Dakota State
Matt Abercrombie, Western Illinois
Jon Bond, Western Illinois
Jeremy Grogg, Western Illinois
Tyler Neaveill, Western Illinois
Dylon Rykosky, Western Illinois
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Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: Fort Wayne (Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), Kansas City (University of Missouri-Kansas City), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit www.thesummitleague.org to "See The Summit" or follow on Twitter @thesummitleague.