CHICAGO -- Holly Morren set a new league, pool and school record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.14 while Rachel Waite set a new school record in the 200 breaststroke going 2:11.94 as the Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams won its fourth-straight Horizon League titles Saturday night at Flames Natatorium. The Golden Grizzlies have now won 39 straight league titles on the men's side and 23 straight for the women. All together Oakland won 22 of the 40 events in the meet.
Claiming more individual league titles was freshman Micah DeJonge who won his second championship in the 1,650 free (15:37.59). He is the first freshman to win that event since 2009 and took home Freshman of the Year honors along with teammate Grace Shinske for the women. It marked the first time Oakland won both awards since joining the Horizon League.
Patricia Aschan won her final individual league title in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.19, good for an NCAA B-cut as well. She finishes her career with 18 league titles and was awarded Female Athlete of the Year and Meet for the third straight year, the first time in Horizon League history that feat has been accomplished. Aleksander Danielewski made it an Oakland sweep in that event by claiming the men's title with a time of 1:45.56, also a b-cut.
The women's 200 breaststroke was dominated by Golden Grizzlies as Waite, 100 breaststroke champion Takara Martin, Katlynn Emaus and Melissa VanderMeulen went 1-2-3-4 in the event. Joe Smith won the 3-meter board, making him the first Oakland male diver to sweep diving at the Horizon League Championships. The meet was capped off for the Golden Grizzlies as the women's 400 free relay team of Katie Colwell, Amber Lefler, Aschan and Morren won with a time of 3:21.63.
Individual award winners
Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year
Philipp Sikatzki, Cleveland State
Patricia Aschan, Oakland
Women's Diving Coach of the Year: Ryan Rougeux, Wright State
Men's Diving Coach of the Year: Larry Albright, Oakland
Women's Swimming Coach of the Year: Pete Hovland, Oakland
Men's Swimming Coach of the Year:Tim Loeffler, UIC
Men's Final Team Scores
1 Oakland 839. 50
2 Cleveland State 663
3 UIC 522
4 Wright State 423. 50
5 Green Bay 391
6 Milwaukee 384
7 Valparaiso 148
Women's Final Team Scores
1 Oakland 842. 50
2 Milwaukee 626. 50
3 UIC 417
4 Green Bay 401
5 Cleveland State 382
6 Youngstown State 361
7 Wright State 358
8 Valparaiso 95