Cleveland State Signs Trio to NLI’s

Cleveland State Signs Trio to NLI’s

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University head men's and women's swimming & diving coach Paul Graham announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI's) to continue their careers with the Vikings.

"With this class, we wanted to be very selective," Graham said. "In Riley and Stephanie, we added strength on to our already strong stroke groups. They give us the ability to push all the teams in the Horizon League. With the addition of Koz on the diving side, we will have great competition amongst the divers and also a diver in each class. Even though the class is small, we are very excited to add them to Viking swimming & diving."

The following future Vikings signed NLI's during the recent early signing period to commit to CSU for the 2018-19 academic year.

Cleveland State Swimming & Diving 2018-19 Early Signees

Name Hometown / High School
Riley Drummond Dunkirk, N.Y. / Fredonia
Stephanie Sipple Pittsburgh, Pa. / Penn Hills
Konstantin Vincent Rush, N.Y. / Rush Henrietta

Riley Drummond
– Finished second at the 2017 New York state championships in the 100 backstroke in a personal-best 55.48 seconds … Was a four-year New York state qualifier, qualifying in the 100 backstroke four times and the 100 freestyle twice … Earned two more top-15 finishes at state meet in 100 back in her career … Was a two-time District VI champion in the event and is also the district record-holder in the event … Is a three-time NCSA junior national qualifier … Helped Fredonia to team sectional and conference titles in 2016 … Holds five individual records and was a part of three school-record relays at Fredonia … Earned multiple first team all-conference and first team all-county honors … Ranked as one of the top 30 recruits in her class in New York by CollegeSwimming … Competed for Town Wrecker's Swim Team (TWST) on club scene … At time of signing, owned career top times of 53.27 (100 free), 2:08.74 (200 IM) and 2:05.01 (200 back) … Also played multiple years of varsity softball … Daughter of Ken and Gina Drummond … Has one sister, Kelsey. 

Why CSU?
The coaches and team made me feel at home, and as though I was a part of their family, as soon as I met them. The experiential learning opportunities within my major really made CSU stand out. I believe that CSU is the perfect place for me to improve my studies and times in the pool. I am looking forward to joining the team in the fall and to continue the next four years of my swimming career as a Viking! 

Stephanie Sipple – Has qualified for the Pennsylvania state championships in each of her first three years, competing in the 100 butterfly all three times and the 500 freestyle in each of the last two years … Owns a pair of top-16 finishes in 100 fly at state meet and was among top five in event all three years at Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Championships … Has won multiple races at Eastern Zone championships events … Was the first female Penn Hills swimmer to qualify for states in the butterfly since 1983 … Competed with Race X Aquatics on club circuit … Ranked among top 40 swimmers in her class in Pennsylvania by CollegeSwimming … At time of signing, owns career top times of 2:05.74 (200 fly), 57.45 (100 fly), 17:59.10 (1650 free) and 4:38.41 (400 IM) … Daughter of Steve and Amy Sipple … Has two sisters, Kristen and Lauren, and a brother, Anthony. 

Why CSU?
I loved the team when I went to visit, and I felt like I would fit just right in there. The coaches were great and cared not just about swimming but things going on with the swimmer particularly. They are a good school for studying psychology, and I love being in a city much like my hometown. 

Konstantin Vincent – Qualified for the 2017 New York state diving championships … Finished second place in Section V this past season … Finished among the top 20 in his age group at both 1-meter and 3-meter at the 2017 USA Diving Junior Region 5 Championships … Is a two-time AAU All-American diving medalist … Won the Royal Comet award at Rush Henrietta … Competed for Upstate NY Diving … Son of John and Pam Vincent … Has one sister, Alexandra. 

Why CSU?
I loved the campus, the great diving program and it has the major I wanted. I see myself succeeding and going far because of CSU.