Hill Looks to Defend Title; YSU Heads to League Championships
Brown Deer, Wis. – Youngstown State junior diver Casey Hill will look to defend her three-meter diving championship while the Penguins will be after a strong team performance at the Horizon League Championships which start on Wednesday at the Schroeder Aquatic Center.
For the first time since 2005 the Penguins will have an individual who will be defending a crown in Hill. In 2005, Kalyn Leveto had here back-to-back title run in the three-meter halted, but she did win the one-meter for the second time in her career. Since YSU joined the league, Leveto is the Penguin to win two individual championships, but Hill can join her. Last year Hill posted a 284.20 to win the three-meter title.
This year, Hill has had a solid campaign winning 18 combined one and three-meter events. In 2011, she finished sixth in the one-meter with a score of 232.45 after finishing with the top score in the preliminary round. The three-meter event will be held on Saturday this year while the one-meter competition is set for Thursday.
Dow is just off the school records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. She has a season-best time of 58.46 seconds in the 100 at Butler and 2:06.63 also at Butler which came on January 22. She ranks in the top 10 in the league in both events.
Ciampa ranks in the top 15 in the league the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 1,650 free. Last year at the HL Championships she was ninth in the 1,000 and 13th in the 400-yard IM.
Roberts finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 breaststroke last year for the Penguins. This season she has battled injuries, but will be looking to end the campaign on a strong note.
Paz had a top-10 finish at last year's meet in the 200-yard butterfly (ninth) while placing 14th in the 100 fly. She set personal-bests in both events at last year's championships to rank second in the 200 and third in the 100 in YSU history.
Walker is the YSU record holder in the 200-yard free, while ranking second in the 500 free, fourth in the 100 free and 10th in the 50 free. She set career-best marks in all four events last year at the Horizon League Championships. She has four top 15 finishes at the League meet.
Cicilson holds the school record in the 50-yard freestyle while ranking in the top four in YSU history in the 100-free, 100-butterfly and 100-backstroke. As a sophomore she placed fifth at the Horizon League Championships in the 50 free with a school-record time of 23.82 seconds. In her career, she has an impressive nine top-15 finishes at the Horizon League Championships.
Grubbs has had one of the strongest seasons of her YSU career. She ranks in the top 10 in YSU history in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle events. Grubbs had her top career time performances in those three events at last year's Horizon League Championships.
Erin Carter is the last YSU swimmer to earn an individual swimming title at the HL meet winning the 400-IM in 2004.
YSU has had at least three top-five finishes in each of the past four Championships and has had 30 all-time top-five finishes at the league meet since joining the conference.
In 2011, Green Bay won the title and has won seven straight Horizon League Championships, totaling eight for their program. Milwaukee has finished second four of the past five years, including last year's championships.
YSU's best team finishes at the HL meet are fifth in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In each of the past two meets, YSU placed sixth ahead of Butler and Valpo with 308.5 points.
The final sessions each day will be carried live on the Horizon League Network and live results will be available throughout the meet.