Penguins Head to Cleveland For Horizon League Championships

YSU swimming
YSU swimming

The Youngstown State swimming and diving team is set to compete at the Horizon League Championships starting on Wednesday at Cleveland State's Robert Busbey Natatoriuim.

The Penguins enter the league meet with top-10 swimmers in the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 400 IM and 1,000-yard freestyle for first-year coach Ryan Purdy. Freshman Aida Jurinovics has the top mark in the 400 IM, is second in the 200-yard butterfly and fifth in the 1,000-yard free.

Senior swimmers Viktoria Orosz and Kolbrun Jonsdottir will be taking part in the their final competition for the Guins while making their fourth appearance at the league meet. Orosz has nine top-seven finishes at the Horizon League Championships and has been in the top three on seven occasions. Her best finish was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2016. Last year she was third in the 200 free and fifth in the 200 back.

Sophomore Tiphaine Saint-Gilles has the sixth-fastest time this year in the 200 breast. Last year at her first league meet, Saint-Gilles was seventh in the 200 breast and 13th in the 100 breast. Junior Haley Fisher brings a good amount of HL Championships experience with two top-15 placings last year. Junior Zsani Csado has two trips to the HL meet under her belt and has been swimming her best at the end of the year. As a freshman she was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and had a ninth-place finish in the event last season. 

Sophomore Taylor Bishop has had strong second season with the program. She has been one of the Penguins' most consistent swimmers in the freestyle distance events. Freshman Jamie Leming ranks in the top 15 in the 100 backstroke. 

In the one-meter and three-meter diving events, Bethany Glick and McKenzie Stelter will lead the Penguins.

Glick has improved her scores throughout her Penguins career and placed fifth in the both the one-meter and three-meter dives at the Horizon League meet last year. Stelter has four top-five finishes at the Horizon League Championships, including a pair of fourth-place finishes last year. She had a career-best third-place performance in the one-meter in 2016.

Preliminary swims will be held at 10 a.m. with finals set for 5:30 p.m. The women's diving prelims are 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. There are no swiming preliminaries on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Events
200-yard Medley Relay
Women's 3-Meter Diving
800-yard Freestyle Relay

Thursday's Events
500-yard Freestyle
200 IM
50-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle Relay

Friday's Events
100-yard Butterfly
400 IM
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Women's 1-Meter Diving
400-yard Medley Relay

Saturday's Events
1,650-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
400-yard Freestyle Relay