Swimming & Diving

Oakland Finishes 2011-2012 with 13th Consecutive League Championships

Anders Jensen won a league record third Summit League Swimmer of the Year award.

Anders Jensen won a league record third Summit League Swimmer of the Year award.

May 21, 2012

2011-12 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Recap
Summit League Finish
Men - 1st out of 6; Women - 1st out of 6
(13th consecutive league champions)
Summit League Points
Men - 1,040 points; Women - 1,041 points
All-Summit League
Alex Aceino, Vanessza Balogh, Marcella Barretta, Alyssa Busch, Jill Carps, Adam Cone, Sandra Czerska, Amr el Sayed, Nick Evans, Jade Evink, Tricia Grant, Johanna Gustafsson, Tobias Hansen, Grant Harding, Anders Jensen, Zach Johnson, Matyas Keresztes, Jenny Larsen, Emily Ludema, Tim Montague, Jordan Moses, Kyra Rietveld, Joe Rodgers, Mario Rusnak, Nicole Salmeto, Christine Seiple, JulieAnne Stears, Ben Vavra, Alyssa Vela, Scott Yarbrough
Individual Champions

Alex Aceino (100 Fly), Vanessza Balogh (500 Free, 1650 Free, 400 IM), Alyssa Busch (100 Back, 200 Back), Sandra Czerska (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM), Amr el Sayed (500 Free, 1650 Free), Nick Evans (200 Free), Tricia Grant (3-meter board), Johanna Gustafsson (100 Breast, 200 Breast), Tobias Hansen (200 IM), Anders Jensen (100 Back, 200 Back), Matyas Keresztes (50 Free), Joe Rodgers (400 IM), Ben Vavra (100 Free), Alyssa Vela (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free), Scott Yarbrough (100 Breast, 200 Breast)

Relay Champions
Alex Aceino (200 Medley, 400 Medley), Vanessza Balogh (400 Medley, 400 Free, 800 Free), Alyssa Busch (200 Medley, 400 Medley), Jill Carps (200 Free), Sandra Czerska (200 Medley, 400 Medley, 400 Free, 800 Free), Amr el Sayed (800 Free), Nick Evans (800 Free), Johanna Gustafsson (200 Medley, 400 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Free), Grant Harding (200 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free), Tobias Hansen (200 Medley,), Anders Jensen (200 Medley, 400 Medley), Zach Johnson (200 Free, 400 Free), Matyas Keresztes (400 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free), Kyra Rietveld (200 Free), JulieAnne Stears (800 Free), Ben Vavra (200 Free, 400 Free), Alyssa Vela (200 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free), Scott Yarbrough (400 Medley)
Academic All-League TBA
Comissioner's List

TBA

League Records Vanessza Balogh (500 Free, 4:48.24)
Vanessza Balogh (400 IM, 4:16.34)
Sandra Czerska (200 Fly, 1:59.09)
Amr el Sayed (1650 Free, 15:25.79)
Johanna Gustafsson (100 Breast, 1:02.53)
Tobias Hansen (200 IM, 1:47.09)
Women's 200 Free Relay (1:34.60)
Women's 400 Free Relay (3:23.89)
Mid-Major All-America Selections Alex Aceino, Vanessza Balogh, Alyssa Busch, Sandra Czerska, Amr el Sayed, Nick Evans, Johanna Gustafsson, Tobias Hansen, Grant Harding, Anders Jensen, Joe Rodgers, Scott Yarbrough,
Milestones and records

13th consecutive Summit League Champions
Pete Hovland - 300th career dual meet victory
Pete Hovland - Won Men's and Women's Coach of the Year in same season for the first time in his career
Vanessza Balogh - Second consecutive Swimmer of the Year honor
Anders Jensen - League record third Swimmer of the Year honor

ROCHESTER, Mich.- The Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams capped off a successful 2011-2012 season by winning their 13th consecutive Summit League Championship in February at the OU Aquatic Center. The Golden Grizzlies won all but one swimming event at the league championships that they hosted for the first time since 2009.

The men's team captured their 13th league championship by totaling 1,040 points as they had nine individual champions while 15 Golden Grizzlies earned All-Summit League honors. Scott Yarbrough became a four-time champion in the 200-yard breaststroke, while Alex Aceino (100-yard butterfly), Anders Jensen (100- and 200-yard backstroke), Joe Rodgers (400-yard individual medley) and Yarbrough (100-breast) became three-time champions.

Amr el Sayed won the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle as he was named the men's Swimmer of the Championships becoming one of three Golden Grizzlies to win multiple individual events at the league meet (Jensen, Yarbrough). El Sayed (1,650-free, 15:25.79) and Tobias Hansen (200-IM, 1:47.09) both set Summit League records at the league meet.

The women's team became 13-time Summit League champions after finishing with 1,041 points as they had six individual champions while 15 total Golden Grizzlies earned All-Summit League honors. Alyssa Vela became a four-time champion in the 100-free, while Sandra Czerska (100- and 200-fly), Johanna Gustafsson (100-breast) and Vela (50-free) all became three-time champions.

Balogh won the 500-free, 1,650-free, and the 400-IM as she won her first Women's Swimmer of the Championships and was one of four Oakland athletes to win multiple individual events at the league championship along with Alyssa Busch, Czerska, Gustafsson and Vela. Balogh also set new league records in the 500-free (4:48.24) and the 400-IM (4:16.34), while the 200-free relay team and 400-yard free relay team set league records (1:34.60, 3:23.89).

Mario Rusnak was named the Men's Newcomer of the championships after finishing with a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100- and 200fly events and a fourth place finish in the 200-IM. Head coach Pete Hovland was named Co-Men's Coach of the Year and Women's Coach of the Year, the first time he has ever won both awards in the same season. Hovland also added another milestone to his legendary career as he earned his 300th career dual meet victory in a meet against Cleveland State and Xavier at the OU Aquatic Center.

For their efforts, Oakland swept The Summit League's yearly awards for the 13th year in a row as Balogh became just the fourth women's swimmer in Oakland history to win the Women's Swimmer of the Year in back-to-back seasons, while Jensen became the first Men's swimmer in Summit League history to win Men's Swimmer of the Year three times.

The Golden Grizzlies placed 12 on the Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mentions list, the most since the award was created back in 2007. Honorable mention selections are swimmers who earned NCAA `B' standards, but were not selected for the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships from a conference designated as a mid-major. Jensen and Czerska earned their third honors of their careers, while Aceino, Balogh, Busch, Gustafsson, El Sayed, Nick Evans, Hansen, Harding, Rodgers and Yarbrough each earned their first career honors.

Oakland only loses three of the 12 athletes that were named Mid-Major All-Americans due to graduation and will look to continue its dominance of The Summit League in the 2012-2013 season and capture their 14th consecutive league titles.

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