Feb. 25, 2012
BROWN DEER, Wis. – The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams registered yet another day of season-best times, as well as school records, as they wrapped up the third day of the Horizon League Championships. The men’s squad is in second place with 505.5, with Milwaukee in first with 653. The women’s squad remains at fourth with 361.5, following Milwaukee’s lead of 509.5.
The men’s squad was led into competition by Luke Martinez and his second-place output of 3:56.10 in the A Final of the 400 IM. He was followed in the B Final by Jay Schackle (4:13.13), Steven Mell (4:17.95) and Josh Jacobson (4:29.08) in 14th, 15th and 16th.
Heading into the 100 fly, Gabe Cury placed fifth with 49.86 and Vince Errichiello at eighth with 51.16 in the A Final, while Cody Meuris represented UIC in the B Final with 51.62 at 14th. In the 200 free, Daniel Corley put up a second-place time of 1:37.63, a NCAA standard, and Joel Demuth posted 1:40.39 for fifth.
Conor Ozog came into the A Final of the 100 breast for a fifth-place finish with 56.63, while Will Ikeda took ninth with 57.26 and Luke Holbrook grabbed 14th with 58.72 in the B Final. Rounding out in the 100 back, Brian Sivak finished fifth with 50.73 and Sebastian Ostrowski close behind in sixth with 51.07.
Woody Lord posted a staggering score in the one-meter dive with 340.65, a school record and a NCAA standard, for a second-place finish. Mike Greco came in next for UIC with 303.70, also a NCAA standard, for fourth, with Connor Howard’s 288.85 at seventh following.
In the 800 free relay, Martinez, Corley, Demuth and Van Swol posted a NCAA B standard time of 6:38.65 for third, Corley holding the best time with 1:36.80. Wright State set a championship and league record with their 6:34.51 performance.
The women’s team recorded a pair of school records while competing alongside conference opponents. Gisun Pak and Alisa Penkala competed in the B Final of the 400 IM, coming in 12th (4:36.39) and 16th (4:49.13), respectively. In the 100 fly, Kelsey Millin led the Flames in the A Final at fifth with 56.29, while Sarah Harper took 13th with 58.79 in the B Final.
Only swimming in the A Final in the 200 free, Emily Gniatczyk placed fourth with 1:51.42 and Marissa Yontz took sixth with 1:52.24. Monica Pinkus, Sarah Walsh and Andrea Longlade continued into the A Final of the 100 breast. Pinkus finished with an NCAA B standard and a school-record 1:02.61, Walsh grabbed fifth with 1:04.17 and Longlade followed at eighth with 1:04.82.
Coming into the 100 back, Clair Martin swam in the A Final for a fifth-place finish of 56.78. In the B Final, Anne Jacobsen (57.09), Hannika Schleebs (58.44) and Alexandra Farrar (58.79) reached respective places of ninth, 13th and 14th. The women’s team of Gniatczyk, Yontz, Millin and Melanie Waszak concluded the day by taking third in the 800 free relay with 7:30.79, a school record, with Waszak’s best of 1:50.23.
It was another day for championship and league records to be set. Green Bay’s Amber Bartholomew claimed the 400 IM (4:18.62), Cleveland State’s Alex Johansson in the 100 fly (54.77), Milwaukee’s Emily McClellan with the 100 breast (59.25), Youngstown State’s Ashley Dow took the 100 back (54.83) and Cleveland State grabbed the 800 free relay (7:26.29).
The Flames return to the pool at the Schroeder Aquatic Center Saturday for the final day of the Horizon League Championships.
Live stats can be found at here, with event finals available on the Horizon League Network.