2021 HORIZON LEAGUE SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
TEAM STANDINGS (FINAL)
Oakland – 939
UIC – 544.5
UW Milwaukee – 476
IUPUI – 376.5
Cleveland State – 358
UW Inexperienced Bay – 338
Youngstown State – 274
Oakland – 819
Cleveland State – 718.5
UIC – 481
IUPUI – 383
UW Inexperienced Bay – 374
UW Milwaukee – 306
Youngstown State – 300.5
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies bought it executed but once more, profitable their Eighth-consecutive Horizon League Males’s & Girls’s titles. The Oakland ladies left little room for doubt heading into tonight’s motion, and in the end scored a report excessive staff factors. The earlier highest rating on the Horizon League Championships was set by Oakland final yr, after they scored 927.5 factors. The Golden Grizzly males went into the ultimate day with a cushty lead over Cleveland State, though it wasn’t out of the realm of chance that Cleveland State might overtake them. Oakland did find yourself getting the job executed, though they have been a contact below their rating of 858 from final yr. Cleveland State made an enormous enchancment over final yr, going up 85.5 factors over their rating of 633 from 2020.
A number of swimmers accomplished their 3-for-3 runs tonight. The primary to take action was Oakland sophomore Emily Aycock, who received the ladies’s 1650 free with a remaining time of 17:00.45. Aycock additionally defended her title within the occasion, along with finishing her excellent meet, though her time tonight was off her 16:53.37. She had already received each the 200 free and 500 free beforehand within the meet.
Subsequent up was Oakland junior Ben Davis, who closed out his excellent meet with a win within the males’s 1650 free. Davis was pushed by means of the whole thing of the race by Cleveland State’s Spencer Tussing, however Davis had the closing pace to tug away within the remaining 50s. Davis clocked a remaining time of 15:23.71, simply forward of Tussing’s 15:25.19. Like Aycock, Davis had already received the five hundred free and 200 free at these championships.
It was within the very subsequent occasion, the ladies’s 200 backstroke, the place the Third 3-win swimmer was made. Susan LaGrand, an Oakland junior who made the B remaining within the 200 again at this yr’s NCAA Championships, received the 200 again title tonight. LaGrand clocked a 1:53.99, half a second off her season and lifelong greatest, however was nonetheless quick sufficient to ascertain a brand new Horizon League Championship Document. She was an absolute power within the occasion, touching the wall first by over 5 seconds. LaGrand received the 200 IM and 100 again at these championships as effectively, establishing new Championship Data in each occasions additionally.
Inexperienced Bay senior Anna Liu was the following swimmer to realize a third particular person title at these championships, capping off her exceptional meet with a hard-fought win within the ladies’s 100 free. Liu was pushed to the tip by Oakland freshman Ronja Riihinen, however was capable of maintain off a late cost. The 50 free champion from earlier within the meet, Liu was capable of get out to a 0.43 second lead over Riihenen. Liu touched in a remaining time of 49.80, with Riihinen in tow with a 50.01.
Oakland sophomore Christian Bart was the fifth and remaining 3-event winner of the meet. He took the lads’s 100 free tonight, roaring to a 43.38, which was the one time within the subject below 44 seconds. With 2 years left of Horizon League competitors, Bart is now simply 0.44 seconds off the convention championship report within the occasion. Bart was one other swimmer to defend a 2020 title tonight, as he had received the occasion final yr with a 43.76. Bart additionally received the lads’s 50 free and 100 breast at these championships.
Oakland sophomore Marko Khotynetskyi defended his title within the males’s 200 again, and received his 2nd race of the meet. Khotynetskyi pulled away barely from the sphere on the finish of the race, ending in 1:43.16, simply 0.04 seconds off his personal Horizon League Championships Document. Khotynetskyi has been as quick as 1:42.01 within the occasion this season, which led the convention this yr.
Oakland junior Taylor Bailey was in whole management of the ladies’s 200 breast, holding the lead wire-to-wire. Bailey posted a 2:13.58, touching practically 2 seconds forward of anybody else within the subject. She led a 1-2 cost for Oakland within the occasion, with freshman Emily Shores taking 2nd with a 2:15.47. The duo units Oakland up for an additional excessive end within the occasion subsequent yr. Defending champion within the occasion, Sydney McDowell, an Oakland senior, got here in 4th this yr with a 2:18.29, effectively off her profitable time of two:12.77 from final yr. McDowell received the 100 breaststroke on Friday.
UIC sophomore Lilly Culp defended her title within the ladies’s 200 fly, swimming a 2:03.06. The swim was off her 2020 profitable time of two:00.58, but it surely was nonetheless good to the touch first by 0.57 seconds. Oakland sophomore Sohvi Nenonen posted her Third 2nd-place end of the meet, swimming a 2:03.63. She made a slight transfer on Culp on the Third 50, however Culp shut her development down on the ultimate 50 of the race.
Oakland senior Tarek Aboelenin took the lads’s 200 breast with a 1:58.28. Aboelenin used a superior again half of the race to cost into the end and get his palms on the wall simply 0.11 forward of runner-up Griffin Manning (Cleveland State), and 0.18 seconds forward of Third-place finisher Jack Krusinski (Cleveland State). Defending champion Maxwell Boehnlein completed 4th this yr with a 1:58.55. A Inexperienced Bay senior, Boehnlein received the race final yr with a 1:58.01. Boehnlein additionally received the 200 IM earlier within the meet.
Cleveland State freshman Bob Fick took the lads’s 200 fly by over a second, clocking a 1:46.39. The swim was only a spark off his prelims efficiency of 1:46.36. He led the race from begin to end, posting the quickest splits within the subject on every of the primary 3 50s.
Oakland accomplished their sweeps of the lads’s and girls’s relays at these championships, taking each 400 free relays tonight. The Golden Grizzlies ladies’s 400 free relay was dominant, with Ronja Riihinen, Mia Keranen, Sohvi Nenonen, and Susan LaGrand combining for a 3:21.30. LaGrand touched the wall 5.65 seconds forward of runners-up UIC. Extra excellent news for Oakland: all 4 members of this relay are slated to return subsequent yr, placing the Golden Grizzlies in a positive place for 2022.
The lads’s relay was nearer, though Oakland was in command of the race from the start. Christian Bart, Mack Flowers, Valance Washington, and Marko Khotynetskyi teamed up for a 2:56.63, touching 2.03 seconds forward of Cleveland State, who completed 2nd. Flowers is not going to be again subsequent season for Oakland, whereas all 4 members of the Cleveland State staff will return.