SPORTS DIGEST || YSU swimmers fall

YSU swimmers fall


The Youngstown State swimming and diving team dropped a 187.5-112.5 decision to UIC on Friday.

Picking up wins for the Penguins were Samantha Roberts, Ashley Dow and Bec Stafford.

Roberts won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.82) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.53).

Dow won the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.87) while tying for first in the 100-yard backstroke (58.59).

Dow won the 200 and was second in the 200 IM (2:13.17).

Stafford won the 3-meter diving event (233.25) while Casey Hill was third (223.50).

Penguin indoor track


Freshman thrower Jennifer Neider, junior sprinter Ciara Jarrett, triple jumper Dorian Davis and throwers John Seaver and George Thomas all won events during a day of action at the YSU Invitational held at the WATTS on Friday.

Thomas won the weight throw (16.36m) and Seaver won the shot put (16.43m) while Eric Vandemia was second (15.65m).

Jarrett won the 200-meter (24.7) and placed second in the 60-meter (7.68).

Davis won the triple jump (14.4m) and Neider won the shot put (13.96m). Also, Tarelle Irwin was second in the 200 meters (21.92).

Hope Foundation game Feb. 2 at YSU’s Beeghly


The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will put on the game of hope charity basketball classic on Feb. 2 at YSU’s Beeghly Center.

The game begins at 4 p.m.

Congressman Bill Johnson (6th District of Ohio) and Jim Davis (Austintown Trustee) will match coaching strategies as honorary head coaches.

Both teams are comprised of local celebrities, dignitaries and media members from the area.

For details, visit

Mahoning Valley Coaches winter social


The Mahoning Valley Coaches Association will put on its winter social on Feb. 20 at the West Fork Restaurant.

Rich Shepas, football coach at Waynesburg Univ., is the speaker.

The open bar starts at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner begins an hour later. For details, email or call 330-533-2760.

Reporting prep results

The Vindicator encourages coaches and statisticians to report prep results by email ( or fax (330-747-6712).

Phone calls (330-747-1478) are also acceptable but emails and faxes are strongly preferred. Deadline is 10 p.m.

Parada wins 52 Class at Quantum Key West


Italian-flagged Azzurra, skippered by Argentine Guillermo Parada, has won the 52 Class at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta off the Florida Keys.

Azzura finished one and two during the final two of 10 races Friday. He finished five points ahead of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom on Ran and seven points ahead of Quantum Racing, steered by Amway president Doug DeVos.

All three were within a point of each other after Thursday’s races.

In the 23-boat Melges 24 Class, Full Throttle, skippered by Brian Porter placed first, three points ahead of Hedgehog, with Bermuda’s Alec Cutler.

Skier Ligety gains speed before worlds


Right in time for the Alpine skiing world championships, Ted Ligety has regained his speed in super-G — on a hill that hasn’t suited him in the past.

The American placed sixth in Friday’s race at Kitzbuehel, Austria, to bounce back from a disappointing showing at Val Gardena, Italy, where he finished 25th last month.

In four previous starts, Ligety had never been better than 22nd in the Austrian resort.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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