Men's Swimming & Diving Breaks Horizon League 200-Yard Freestyle Relay Record
Feb. 24, 2005
Brown Deer, Wis.- The 2005 Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championships began in record-breaking fashion for the UIC swimming and diving team, as four school relay records and an all-time Horizon League 200-yard freestyle relay best were set by the Flames on Wednesday night.
The Flames took first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a Horizon League record 1:20.80, giving UIC NCAA "B" Qualifying Time Standard consideration.
Junior LeRoy Stevens led off the 200 free relay with a career-best 20.82 50-yard freestyle leadoff, while Bill Hare and Athanasios Lamprou held their own with 20.54 and 20.04 splits, respectively. Sophomore Blake Booher closed the deal and secured the league record with a blurring 19.40 closeout mark.
The foursome squashed the previous UIC 200 free relay best of 1:23.30, a mark set at last year's championships with Stevens, Hare and Booher also involved. The previous Horizon League record was 1:21.76, set by Wright State at last year's league title meet.
The men's team also set a school record in the 200-yard medley relay, as Adan Jimenez, Dan Hare, Kris Simos and Booher closed out the night's action with a 1:31.88, shattering the previous school all-time mark of 1:33.53.
UIC's women's team put up a record showing as well, as the Flames broke both the 200 medley and 200 free relay marks.
Sophomore Kelly Hyatt led off the 200 free relay with a career time of 24.30 in the 50 free. Jenny Gessford (24.10) and Aisha Williams (24.09) kept the squad in record time, and Colleen Dougherty wrapped up the school record with a 23.39 to help UIC take second in the event with an overall time of 1:35.88, finishing only .07 behind UW-Green Bay.
The record time bashed the previous watermark of 1:38.39.
In the women's 200 medley relay, Jessica Darud, Williams, Hyatt and Dougherty posted a 1:47.89, beating UIC's old record of 1:48.39.
In the only individual races of the night, Laura Martensen led the women in the 1000-yard freestyle with a season-best 10:42.96, while freshman Jason Dews turned in a 10:05.31 in the event for the men.
UIC returns to action at the Horizon League Championships with preliminaries on Thursday morning.
2005 HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS