Cleveland State Heads to Indy for HL Championships

Cleveland State Heads to Indy for HL Championships

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State University men's and women's swimming & diving teams hit the road for their biggest event of the season as both programs head to IUPUI for the Horizon League Championships this week.

The four-day meet runs Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 16. This is the first time the meet has been held in Indianapolis and the first time it has taken place in the state of Indiana since 1995.

Links to the League's championship headquarters page, along with the psych sheet, video links for domestic and international viewers and live results are available at the top of this article. CSU fans can also follow the meet via Twitter, featuring up-to-the-minute results, photos and videos, @Viking_SwimDive. Please note that live video coverage, available on ESPN3 to those in the United States, will only be available of the finals session each evening.

The Cleveland State men have been among the top two at the League meet in six of the past seven years. The Vikings posted 665.5 points at the event last year, their highest such total since 2013, as they finished 66 points out of the top spot.

Sophomore Dominik Niedzialek is the top seed in the 200 backstroke for CSU while junior Matthew Martin enters the meet with the top time in the 200 butterfly. Niedzialek also has top-three times in the 100 backstroke, the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle. Martin is the fourth seed in the 100 fly as well.

Niedzialek was one of four Vikings, all of whom have returned this season, who swam on CSU's title-winning 800 free relay team last year. Seniors Sean Mulvin and Jason van der Touw and junior Erwan Mahoudo were the other members of that recordbreaking squad. CSU enters with the top time in the 200 freestyle relay this season.

The Vikings will look to pick up some significant points in the 100 fly and 200 breaststroke as CSU has three of the top six seeds in both events.

The Viking women have demonstrated notable progress in the last two years, moving from seventh in the 2016 HL meet up to third last year. The squad's 586 points last season left them just seven points out of second while also representing the team's highest since 2013.

Senior Molly McNamara is the reigning HL Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year after she became just the third woman this century to sweep butterfly events at a HL Championships. She is the top seed in the 200 fly and the second seed in the 200 IM entering this year's meet.

McNamara is one of four Vikings among the top nine seeds in the 200 IM, a group that includes sophomore Alana Cartwright, freshman Agnes Bahr and senior Claudia Zido. Cartwright is also among the top five seeds in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

Cartwright and McNamara form half of a CSU quartet that is all seeded among the top eight in the 100 fly. Junior Madi Jaszcz and senior Cassandra Oltman are also projected to score highly in the event.

Sophomore Lexie Kostelnik is the top seed in the 1650 freestyle after she was the highest-scoring rookie in the event a year ago. She also is the second seed in the 500 free and is projected to score in the 400 IM as well.