Roskos diving title spotlights Spartans’ OAC efforts

AKRON, OHIO – Manchester University sophomore women’s diver Ally Roskos(Elkhart, Ind.) has made a habit of etching her name into the Spartans’ swimming and diving history annals.

Her performance on the final day of the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, Feb. 20, was no different. Hitting a mark of 400-or-higher points for the second time this season, she stood atop the awards podium at the end of the one-meter event inside the University of Akron’s Oliver J. Ocasek Natatorium as the school’s first OAC champion.

“Ally’s performance was right in par with where it should be for regionals,” Coach Mike Kroll said. “She’s been able to get over 400 at two big meets this year. It shows it isn’t a onetime thing for her … that she can consistently be at that level.”

Roskos, compiling a 404.25 mark, defeated the field by better than 16 points. Baldwin-Wallace University’s Maddie Fortune, the 3-meter champion, was second (388.45).

Freshman Andrew Hinds, also a native of Elkhart, Ind., led the way on the men’s side during the final two days, placing eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday, Feb. 19. He clocked a 1:01.33.

“Overall, the entire weekend was very good,” Kroll noted. “Everyone on the team, in at least one event, ended with a personal best time. We also had great performances throughout all sessions which included both individuals and relays making it back for finals.

(Sophomore) Emily (Clark of Peru, Ind.) made it back in both butterflies; (freshman) Jamie (McBride of Elkhart, Ind.) did so in the 200 breaststroke; and (freshman) Quinn (Michael L’Heureux of Fort Wayne, Ind.) made it back in both breaststrokes as did (freshman) Guerby (Ruuska of Elkhart, Ind) in the 100-yard backstroke,” he added. In regards to the OAC, Kroll stated “it was everything we expected … the meet atmosphere was awesome. It was very exciting with every sessions’ prelims and finals being great race environments and all teams being supportive of each other.”

Roskos continues her season Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, competing in the NCAA Division III Central Region Diving Championships hosted by Denison University of Granville, Ohio.

NOTES: MU’s men turned in 125 points over the three days to end seventh. The Spartans’ women’s squad was also seventh but gave Wilmington College a firm battle for sixth (195 – WC/157 – MU).

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