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By Sports Staff 

Women’s Golf

The Youngstown State University women’s golf team placed 13th in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Turtle Point Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on Oct. 25-26.

Junior Danae Rugola led the team, posting the highest placement by tying for 25th. 

The Penguins finished with a final score of 901 after posting their first round score of 308, second-round 299 and third-round 294. 

Rugola ended with a score of 221, the lowest score of her career. Sophomore Madison Smithco finished 43rd with a career best of 226. Freshman Elizabeth Saur finished with her career-best three-round 227 to tie for 48th. Junior Christina Lewis ended the event with a 238 to tie for 77th. Finally, senior Victoria Utrup finished with a score of 241 to tie for 80th. 

This tournament marks the last event in the Penguins’ fall season. 

Men’s Golf 

The men’s golf team had five members finish in the top 25 this past weekend, Oct. 23-24, to end the fall season at the Towson Fall Invitational.

As a team, the men finished with a three-round total of 873 to tie for third with Robert Morris University. The Penguins recorded scores of 296 and 287 on Saturday, before scoring 290 on Sunday.

Seniors Ken Keller and Kevin Scherr had strong performances, leading the team with a three-round score of 217 each, tying for sixth place. Junior Cole Christman and senior Bryan Kordupel both finished in the top 15. Christman would finish in 11th with a three-round 219, while Kordupel would end in 13th with 220.

To cap out the top 25 for YSU, junior Cade Kreps tied for 24th with a three-round total of 226. His 226 marks the best of his career and his final-round 73 also marked the best of his career.

Swimming and diving

The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams both picked up victories over Gannon University on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Beeghly Natatorium. The men won 215-79 while the women’s team earned a 174-122 win.

YSU swept the diving events as senior Tess Weiskopf won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events for the women with a score of 256.20 and 243.60. For the men, sophomore Cody Thill picked up victories in both diving events with a score of 257.10 in the 1-meter and 248.85 in the 3-meter.

The swimming team started off strong picking up wins in both the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley relay. The women won with a time of 1:49.19 and the men with a time of 1:35.25.

Freshman Hailey Clark and junior Olivia Wilcox both picked up two single-event victories. Clark clocked 10:45.96 in the 1000 free and 2:28.96 in the 200 breaststroke in her event wins. Wilcox swam a time of 59.42 in the 100 back and 2:10.45 in the 200 back for victories.

For the men, freshman Aleksa Radenovic came away with victories in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, and David Nacarino Campos won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Sophomore Jasper Liekens swam a time of 1:55.04 to win the 200 fly. Freshman Fabian Gines picked up a win in the 500 free with a time of 4:44.64.

In the men’s 1000 free, YSU placed first, second and third. Sophomore Gavin Webb led the way with 9:14.02. Webb also placed second in the 500 free with a time of 4:49.73 behind Gines.

The Penguins are next in action Saturday, Oct. 30, competing against Valparaiso University and University of Wisconsin–Green Bay at 2 p.m. at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center.

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