Men's Swimming & Diving Places Third, Women's Team Finishes Fourth At Horizon League Championships

Junior LeRoy Stevens was part of two UIC records on Saturday to help the men's swimming and diving team place third in the Horizon League.
Junior LeRoy Stevens was part of two UIC records on Saturday to help the men's swimming and diving team place third in the Horizon League.

Feb. 27, 2005

Complete Results

Brown Deer, Wis.- The University of Illinois at Chicago swimming and diving teams put an exclamation point on their 2004-05 season on Saturday, as the men's team placed third for their best finish in over a decade, while the women's squad came close to a top-three finish in a solid fourth.

The men's team was just 62 points behind a tough second-place Cleveland State team. UIC's top-three finish gave them their best final league ranking since the 1994 season.

UIC's move to a top-three finish on the men's side earned UIC head coach Paul Moniak Horizon League Men's Swimming Coach of the Year honors. It marked the second time in his four-year tenure with the Flames that Moniak won the award for men's swimming coaching excellence and the third time he has been named a league Coach of the Year on either side.

More school records fell on the final day for the Flames. Junior LeRoy Stevens broke his own 100-yard freestyle record for the second time in less than eight hours as the speedy sprint-free specialist swam a 44.87. Stevens took third in the event, followed by Blake Booher in third with a career 45.19, the third-best all-time mark in school history.

Both the men's and women's 400 freestyle relay records fell, as Kelly Hyatt, Aisha Williams, Emily Biancalana and Colleen Dougherty replaced the old school-best of 3:34.90 with a 3:32.08, while Stevens, Booher, Athanasios Lamprou and Bill Hare turned in a second-place time of 3:00.77, beaten only by Wright State's Horizon League record, to establish a new UIC best time.



Jessica Darud capped off her career meet with a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke, setting a career-best 2:05.33.

Freshman Dan Hare etched his name in the UIC record book with a new school-best time of 1:53.49 in the 200 backstroke.

Sophomore Kelly Hyatt led the way with a fourth-place finish in the 100 free for the women.

Senior Stefan Staev capped off his career with a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke, putting a lid on his finest meet as a Flame.

Senior Vanessa Segovia also closed out her career with the team's leading time in the 200 butterfly, going a 2:13.69 in the finals.

Kris Simos swam a solid 1:52.93 in the 200 fly for the men.

Mark Pappalardo led the team on the diving side with a third-place finish in the men's three-meter finals.

Wright State successfully defended their men's title, while UW-Green Bay captured the women's championship.

1. Wright State 852
2. Cleveland State 688
3. UIC 626
4. UW-Green Bay 560.5
5. UW-Milwaukee 470.5
6. Butler 122

WOMEN'S FINAL TEAM STANDINGS 1. UW-Green Bay 817 2. Wright State 735 3. UW-Milwaukee 700 4. UIC 483 5. Cleveland State 311 6. Youngstown State 294 7. Butler 161

HORIZON LEAGUE 2005 HONORS Athlete of the Year (M/W) -- Pieter Pelser, CSU/Samantha Jones, CSU Swimming Coach of the Year (M/W) -- Paul Moniak, UIC/Jim Merner, UWGB Dive Coach of the Year (M/W) -- Rich Karban, CSU/Todd Hill, UWM Diver of the Meet (M/W) -- Thatcher Carr, CSU/Erin Blemberg, UWM Swimmer of the Meet (M/W) -- Scott Lang, WSU/Lindsay Caldwell, UWM Newcomer of the Year (M/W) -- Scott Lang, WSU/Jessica Weidert, UWGB