Swimming And Diving Wraps Up Weekend At Bill Ritter Invite|
Jan. 24, 2004
Milwaukee, Wis.- The UIC swimming and diving teams finished a wild weekend at the Bill Ritter Memorial Invitational on Saturday night, highlighted by some strong indivudal and relay performances by the Flames.
The UIC men finished the two-day event in third place with 910 points, while the women turned in a fourth-place score of 525 points.
Wisconsin-Green Bay won the men's event, while Wisconsin-Milwaukee made it a state sweep with a win on the women's side.
Most of the meet was held at UW-Milwaukee's Klotsche Center, but the diving portion, which was scheduled to be held at the Schroeder YMCA in Brown Deer, Wis., was moved to the UIC Natatorium due to construction problems at the Y.
Sophomore LeRoy Stevens turned in UIC's best performances throughout the meet. Stevens helped the Flames take the first men's event of the meet, teaming with Bill Hare, Adan Jimenez, and Blake Booher to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:25.92.
The second-year swimmer was strong in two other relays, helping the Flames take first in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a season-high time of 3:07.89 while leading them to a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a 2004-best 3:32.89.
Stevens was solid on his own as well. He took second in the 100-yard freestyle and finished just behind Booher in the 50-yard freestyle, taking third in the sprint.
Bernstein also had a singles win, taking the 100-yard butterfly in 51.27.
Men's diver Mark Pappalardo benefitted the familiar surroundings, winning the one-meter board with a 264.60 at the Natatorium.
On the women's side, junior diver Caitlin Carey was on top of her game, taking the women's one-meter dive with a 230.75. Carey also finished third in the three-meter event with a 394.75.
Freshman Jessica Darud turned in a second-place time in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing the race in 1:01.85. Fellow newcomer Kelly Hyatt was also strong, taking fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.40.
The Flames return to action on Friday, January 30th, when they travel to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State at 5 p.m.