Monthly Archives: November 2017

Dave Guinther Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Guinther-DAA-Bio_resizeDave Guinther received a CSU “Distinguished Alumni Award” during Homecoming October 5th, 2017. Dave is not one to easily accept the spot light and only did so to bring recognition to the Champion Campaign/Heritage Project and promote the CSU Viking Swimming & Diving program. He is a leader and makes everyone around him better for his presence.

Dave and his wife Jane invited the Heritage Committee, coaching staff, two current team members and friends to the award dinner, an amazing event that honored the 12 DAA recipients for 2017.

We are so proud of Dave and everyone who contributed to the Champions Campaign/Heritage Project as well as CSU giving day, an event where he has lead our friends, alumni, team and athletic department to the front of all other CSU colleges.

No one is more deserving than Dave Guinther for the Distinguished Alumni Award he received based on his career, community service and especially his impact on CSU Athletics. Guinther-1972-national champion_resizeHe exemplifies the very best of Cleveland State University.

Dave’s 3-minute thank-you video highlights his relationship with Bob Busbey, and honors those who donated their time, treasures and talents to the Champions Campaign and Heritage Project.


Pool West view from Deck- upper crop


Giving Day Results (and THANKS !) 2017

Hello Viking Nation!

For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Hannah Mattar, and I am the new assistant swim coach here at CSU. You have all played a part in building a program with a rich history of success, and although I may be one of the newest members of viking nation, I swear on Magnus himself that I will do everything in my ability to add to this tradition. I realize I have extremely large shoes to fill, as Kate (Inozemtseva) Heafey has started her new adventure in Massachusetts…however, I am absolutely up for this challenge!

All of that being said, I am very excited to get the Heritage page up and thriving once again! I would like to start this initial post of the 2017-2018 season off with an update from last year’s Giving Day. If you have not heard the amazing news already, Swimming and Diving was able to raise an astounding $31,832! Our alumni and friends were responsible for raising almost a full twenty-five percent of the total monies raised for the university.

Please take a look at the full info-graphic below to see more statistics from Giving Day 2017.

Giving Day Infographic

I also would like to share with you exactly how YOU impacted CSU Swimming and Diving with your generous donations. We have been able to purchase an additional five power towers (bringing our total towers to ten) to increase power/resistance training. Take a look at our journey to acquire those power towers here.

We have also been able to purchase two new 3 meter diving boards, as well as eleven backstroke wedges. Take a look at our new boards in action here, and the backstroke wedges here!

This new equipment has already made a huge impact on our current athletes, and is helping each and every one of them reach their full potential! We would like to extend an extremely big THANK YOU to all who donated and who continue to support our Vikes.

Thank you -whole team picture

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our home opener this weekend against Marshall and Green Bay: Friday 11/3 @ 6:00pm, Saturday 11/4 @ 12:00pm!!

Go Vikes!