Another Record-Setting Day At Horizon League Championships
Feb. 26, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- Fans witnessed another record-breaking day at the UIC Natatorium as the 2004 Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championships continued on Thursday.
Three UIC school records, two league relay records, two UIC Natatorium records, and a blazing new men's 50-yard freestyle mark were all set throughout Thursday's exciting festivities.
The UIC women's 400-yard medley relay team beat the Flames' previous best in the event with a 3:59.64, surpassing the old mark of 4:00.33 set back in 1999.
Illinois-Chicago's men's team followed with a record-setting performance of their own in the 400-yard medley relay, with Adan Jimenez, Enric Claret, Ari Bernstein and LeRoy Stevens blasting their own record set at last year's championships by more than two seconds, turning in a 3:22.93.
The old mark in the event was 3:24.99.
Jimenez broke another record during the 400-medley relay, turning in a 100-yard backstroke record of 51.97 leading off the event.
Both 400-yard medley league relay records were broken, as Wright State's women turned in a 3:51.26, while Cleveland State's men swam to a 3:19.93. Each time also marked new UIC Natatorium records.
Earlier in the day Wright State's Elvis Cirikovic shattered the 50-yard freestyle Horizon League record of UW-Milwaukee's Josh Baseheart, turning in a 20.20 during preliminaries. Cirikovic finished first in the 50 free finals, racing to a 20.46.
UIC standouts Stevens (21.06) and Blake Booher (21.10) turned in career-highs in the 50-yard freestyle.
Vanessa Segovia and Caitlin Carey posted UIC's best performances on the women's side, with Segovia placing third in the women's 200-yard IM with a 2:10.38 while Carey shared third-place on the one-meter board.
After 16 events, Wright State leads both the men's and women's team standings. UIC's women are firmly in fourth while the Flames' men improved to fifth.
The Horizon League Championships resume tommorrow, February 27th, with preliminaries at 10:30 a.m. Diving preliminaries begin at 2 p.m., and swimming finals start at 6 p.m.
2004 Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championships
Team Standings Through Event 16
1. Wright State- 304
2. UW-Milwaukee- 277.50
3. UW-Green Bay- 276
4. UIC- 198.50
5. Cleveland State- 137
6. Youngstown State- 128
7. Butler- 85
1. Wright State- 306
2. UW-Green Bay- 258
2. Cleveland State- 258
4. UW-Milwaukee- 208
5. UIC- 197
6. Butler- 118