Record Breakers; League Champ Highlight 2021-22 Swimming & Diving Campaign

The Youngstown State men’s swimming and diving team had a record-breaking season while showing the program is steadily becoming a big force at the Horizon League and national levels.

Season Highlights

  • YSU scored a program record 362 points at the Horizon League Championships and had 11 top-eight performances and 29 top 16 finishes.
  • The Penguins concluded the season with a strong showing at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships placing 14th out of 30 schools finishing ahead of Virginia Tech, UNLV, South Dakota, Evansville and South Dakota State among others. YSU tallied 166 points in its first appearance at the meet. Tennessee won the event while Ohio State was second and TCU finished third.

Horizon League Meet Highlights

  • Sophomore Gavin Webb won the Horizon League Championship in the 1650 freestyle becoming the first-ever men’s swimmer to win an event at the league meet. Webb swam a time 15:20.40 in his victory which bettered his school record by almost two seconds.
  • Also joining Webb with a podium finish was freshman Aleksa Radenovic who placed third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.19. Only seven hundredths of a second separated him from first place.
  • In the 200 back, Soma Albert set his second school record of the meet with a time of 1:45.86 in the 200 back and finished fifth in the event. Freshman Dominic Bono swam a time of 1:48.36 to finish seventh in the final after swimming a personal-best time of 1:46.81 in the prelims.
  • All six Penguins who competed in the men’s 1650 free, swam personal bests including Webb, Fabian Gines, Chris Barton, Bono, Brenden Reeves and Christian Taylor. Gines swam a time of 15:45.10 in his fifth-place finish while Barton finished 10th with a time of 15:51.39.
  • Bono placed fourth in the 400 IM with a time of 3:55.36.
  • Albert also posted a school record for the Penguins with a time of 49.59 in the prelims of the 100 back. In the finals, he swam a 49.63 to place seventh.
  • Wilson Cannon finished fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 48.29. Cannon improved his personal best by almost a second and swam the second-fastest time in program history.
  • Reeves swam a time of 3:57.47 to finish seventh in the 400 IM after swimming a career-best 3:55.00 to advance. He also earned a seventh-place finish in the 200 IM.
  • In the consolidation finals of the 500 freestyle, Gavin Webb won the heat while freshman Fabian Gines was third.
  • In the relays, YSU set school marks in all five events during the championships.

CSCAA NIC Highlights

  • Radenovic continued his assualt on the YSU record books lowering two of his marks at the event. With an impressive fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly he lowered his school mark with a time of 1:45.57. In the 200 fly, Radenovic posted a 12th-place time of 47.49 seconds. He also added an 11th place finish in the 50 fly.
  • Webb continued to finish his season on a strong note. Webb finished fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:17.83. Webb placed sixth in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:29.10.
  • In the 200-yard backstroke Albert placed seventh with a time of 1:46.16. Also in the 200 buttefly, Karan Raju swam the 11th fastest time with a 1:47.62 to take first in the B final.
  • The Penguins set school records in the 200 medley relay (1:22.60), 400 medley relay (3:20.24), 200 free relay (1:22.60) and 400 free relay (3:02.09) throughout the event.

Additional Highlights

  • Event winners against Denison were Soma Albert (100 and 200 back) and Aleksa Radenovic (100 and 200 fly).
  • The Penguins beat Niagara by a score of 195-95. Winners against the Purple Eagles were Gavin Redden (50 and 100 free), Gavin Webb (1000 free and 500 free), Dominic Bono (200 back and 400 IM), Karen Raju (200 free), David Nacarino Campos (100 breaststroke), Aleksa Radenovic (200 flies), and Wilson Cannon (100 flies).
  • At the Miami Invitational, Gavin Webb and Aleksa Radenovic each set three school records. Other Penguins to set school marks at the meet were Karan Raju, Simon Iwanonkiw and Brenden Reeves. Raju set the school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.47. Reeves set a school mark in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.83. Simon Iwanonkiw set a school record in the Platform Dive.
  • YSU set school records in 11 different individual events in 2021-22. The Guins also set all five relay marks at multiple times throughout the season.

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