IUP swimming traveled to host Cleveland State University last weekend and competed in the Magnus Cup.
Indiana had a great showing competing alongside many Division I programs.
The Hawks returned to the three-day tournament following a two-year absence.
Things went well for the team and many swimmers were competitive.
Day one saw the IUP men finish sixth of 11 and the women seventh of 11 teams.
Indiana posted 14 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying times and one Hawk achieved a NCAA B qualifying time.
That one Crimson Hawk was Paige Mikesell (senior, health and physical education) with a 2:04.10 time in the 200 individual medley (IM).
Rachel Johnson (graduate student, M.A. Employment and Labor Relations) and Claire Mikesell (graduate student, food and nutrition education) also posted PSAC qualifying times in the 200 IM at 2:07.01 and 2:08.92.
The second day of competition at the Magnus Cup brought even more success for IUP swimming, especially the women.
Three IUP women’s swimmers were able to achieve NCAA B qualifying times: the Mikesell sisters and Johnson.
C. Mikesell and Johnson both hit the NCAA mark in the 100 breaststrokes with times of 1:02.49 and 1:03.06 respectively.
P. Mikesell qualified in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.69.
The mark was her third NCAA B qualifying time in just four meets.
Paige has had great success so far this season.
The second day also saw Ryan Hartmann (senior, cyber security) and Blake Hendricks (sophomore, pre-dental) compete well on the men's side.
Both achieved two PSAC qualifying times each.
Hartmann’s came in the 100 fly and 100 breast while Hendricks achieved them in the 200 and 100 backstroke.
Cleveland State’s Magnus Cup wrapped up with day three on Saturday.
IUP achieved 32 conference qualifying times.
The Mikesell sisters continued their dominance by posting three total NCAA B times.
Paige contributed two of those in both the 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly.
Claire was able to hit her mark of 2:18.16 in the 200 breaststroke.
Overall, the tournament was a success for IUP swimming.
The Hawks finished with 69 PSAC qualifying times and seven NCAA B standard times.
The men's team finished fifth out of seven with 453 total points.
Cleveland State, Xavier, Case Western University and Gannon all finished ahead of IUP on the leader board.
On the women’s side, they finished sixth of 11 teams with 375.50 total points.
They were the best non-Division I squad at the Magnus Cup.
Akron, Ohio, Duquesne, Xavier and Bowling Green all finished in front of the IUP women's team.
The Hawks currently sit in a good place when it comes to team standings.
After early season domination against Shippensburg, Edinboro and Saint Vincent, IUP holds a 3-0 record heading into the remainder of team play.
Just three team competitions remain for IUP. Then individual swimmers will compete in PSAC and NCAA competition.
IUP swimming will now return home to Indiana to face off against Gannon on Dec. 3 in the Pidgeon Natatorium.
Gannon holds a 1-1 record with a win against Saint Vincent and a loss to Rochester Institute of Technology.
The event will begin at 6 p.m.