Stevens Breaks 22-Year Old School Record To Keep Men's Swimming & Diving In Third At Horizon League Championships
Feb. 25, 2005
Brown Deer, Wis.- UIC junior LeRoy Stevens is one of the most unselfish people you will ever meet. Fulfilling team goals, such as securing the Flames' best Horizon League team finish in the school's Division I history, are always at the top of his list.
But on an individual level, he also had set his sights set on breaking Jonas Zymantas' 22-year old UIC school record of 1:39.80 in the 200-yard freestyle.
Stevens turned in the school's all-time best 200 free mark with a 1:39.60 to place second in the event on Friday night and help position the UIC men's team in a solid third after the third day of competition at the 2005 Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championships at the Schroeder YMCA in Brown Deer, Wis.
UIC received another outstanding day of career times on both the men's and women's sides.
Stevens wasn't the only runner-up in event finals action on Friday. Senior Stefan Staev continued to swim a career meet by placing second with a time above and beyond his previous bests in the 100 breaststroke, blazing to an impressive 57.77.
The Hare brothers blazed separate paths to fourth-place individual finishes on Friday. Bill Hare broke teammate Adan Jimenez's school mark in the 100 backstroke with a 51.66, while Dan Hare swam a career-best 4:04.65 in the 400 IM.
Kris Simos' 50.12 in the 100 butterfly finals earned the junior a sixth-place finish in the event.
In the diving portion of the day's events, Ryan Fitzer and Mark Pappalardo moved on to the men's three-meter finals.
For the women, senior Vanessa Segovia turned in a 4:34.94 to take second in the 400-yard IM for the second straight season.
Sophomore Jessica Darud led the way in the women's 100 backstroke with a career 58.59 time.
UIC finishes off the Horizon League Championships tomorrow.
2005 HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS