Men's Swimming And Diving Drops Two In Evanston|
Jan. 17, 2004
Evanston, Ill.- The UIC men's swimming and diving team returned to the pool after nearly two months off, and the effects of the layoff were in full force on Saturday afternoon.
The Flames dropped two dual meets in a three-team affair at the Norris Aquatics Center in Evanston, falling to Northwestern 156-82 and losing in a blowout to Eastern Michigan, 194-49.
UIC (6-3) was led by senior Enric Claret, who chipped in third-place finishes in the 200-yard IM (1:56.71) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.58).
The Flames, who finished the fall portion of their schedule with a 6-1 dual meet record, are still in the midst of their best season in seven years and have already surpassed UIC Head Coach Paul Moniak's dual meet win total in his first two seasons combined. Moniak's squads were 5-19 between 2001-2003.
Northwestern was unstoppable on Saturday. Led by freshman Matt Grevers' pool record in the 200 backstroke, a school-best mark of 1:46.98, the Wildcats swept every individual swimming event.
Even UIC's dominant freshmen diving corps was held in check, with Mark Pappalardo earning fourth place in the three-meter dive and Mike Horwitz taking fifth on the one-meter board.
The UIC men's swimming and diving team are back in action tommorrow, January 18, as they team with the women's swimming and diving squad to take on Horizon League rival Wisconsin-Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis., at 1:00 p.m.