Penguins Enjoy Senior Night Success Beating Cleveland State

Taylor Bishop
Taylor Bishop

The Youngstown State swimming and diving team closed out its dual season with a strong performance against Cleveland State on Friday night at the Beeghly Natatorium. The Penguins won the dual 167-129.

The Penguins won both relays, both diving events and seven swimming contests on the way to finishing the year with a 7-6 dual mark under first-year Head Coach Ryan Purdy.

The Guins opened the night winning the 200-yard medley relay to build momentum for a strong meet. YSU claimed first by 0.04 seconds winning with a time of 1:48.87.

Aida Jurinovics picked up her first victory of the dual in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:29.89. She finished first by 12-and-a-half seconds in the race.

Zsani Csado gave the Guins another win in a narrow victory in the 200-yard freestyle. Csado swam a time of 1:55.60 to take first by 0.24 seconds in the event.

Taylor Bishop, who swam the 1,000-yard free earlier in the night, picked up a win in the short 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.73 seconds. In the short race she won by a modest 0.30 seconds.

Tiphanie Saint-Gilles earned a win by more than three seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke. Saint-Gilles posted a winning time of 2:22.50 in the 200.

Bishop picked up her second victory of the meet placing first in the 500 free with a time of 5:12.99. She won the event by nearly three seconds.

Jurinovics followed with a pair of wins to give her three for the evening. She won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.92 seconds and the 200-yard IM clocking a 2:08.31.

"I couldn't think of a better way to send off the senior class," Purdy said. "I would like to thank all of them for a great season. Cleveland State is a program that we are going to see in a few weeks at the conference meet, and this was a great test for our team. Our athletes are doing an incredible job. We are prepared to have a great Horizon League meet, and I am excited for the potential of the YSU program moving forward."

In the diving events, McKenzie Stelter won the one-meter with a score of 255.10 while Bethany Glick took first in the three-meter dive with a score of 287.40. Stelter was second in the three-meter and Glick was second in the one-meter.

YSU capped off the meet with a win in the 200-yard freestyle swimming a time of 1:38.76 to win by more than a second.

The YSU divers will be in action on Saturday when they play host to the YSU Diving Invitational at 1 p.m. The contest will be the final event at the facility before it undergoes a multi-million-dollar renovation beginning in March.

The Horizon League Championships are Feb. 21-24 at Cleveland State.