Men's Swimming & Diving Places Second At Bill Ritter Invitational|
Jan. 22, 2005
Milwaukee, Wis.- While the weather outside was frightful, the University of Illinois at Chicago men's swimming and diving team was anything but as the Flames took a strong second-place finish at the 2005 Bill Ritter Invitational this past weekend.
UIC finished second with 1,038 points, just behind winner UW-Green Bay. It was the second straight week that the Flames men finished a close second to the Phoenix.
The second-place team finish was a jump from last season's third-place ranking for UIC.
Leading the way for the men was sophomore Blake Booher. Continuing to dominate the sprint-freestyle scene for the Flames as of late, Booher won the 50 freestyle in 21.39, edging out teammate LeRoy Stevens (21.48).
Booher also went on to capture the 100 freestyle in 47.14.
Stevens pitched in with a 200 free win in 1:44.28, while both Booher and Stevens combined with Bill Hare and Athansios Lamprou to help UIC take the 200 freestyle relay in an impressive 1:24.38. Booher, Stevens and Hare then joined Ari Bernstein to take the 400 freestyle relay in a dominating 3:08.96.
Kris Simos took a 100 butterfly win in 52.23, followed by Bernstein (52.51) in third.
Stefan Staev had a great showing this weekend, winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.63 while taking third in the 100-yard version of the fly in 1:00.96.
On the diving side, Mark Pappalardo finished in second on the three-meter board while Ryan Fitzer took two third place finishes.
UIC is back in action on February 5th, taking on Cleveland State in Cleveland, Ohio in their final tune-up before the Horizon League Championships.
FINAL 2005 BILL RITTER INVITATIONAL RESULTS Men's Standings 1. UW-Green Bay - 1124 2. UIC - 1038 3. UWM - 852 4. Butler - 148 5. Marquette - 31 Women's Standings 1. UW-Green Bay -1028.50 2. Illinois State - 889 3. UWM - 822 4. UIC - 693.50 5. Butler - 140 6. Marquette - 30