Swimming & Diving Captures 10th-Consecutive Win Over Eastern Illinois

Rodolfo Zuniga
Rodolfo Zuniga

Oct. 27, 2012

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CHICAGO - Increasing their records to 2-0, the UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams defeated Eastern Illinois in their first home meet of the season on Saturday at the Flames Natatorium.  Taking their 10th-straight win over the Panthers, the men's squad came away with a 165-67 final, as the women brought in a final of 140-92.

"Now that we are in our dual-meet season, we are really getting a good idea of where everybody fits in the lineup, especially with the newcomers, we are still trying to figure out where they can best help the team," head coach Paul Moniak said.  "It was a great effort today on the men's and women's side, a good preparation as we compete over the next three weekends."

In their second meet of the season, the men's squad (2-0, 1-0 HL) improved off of its previous performance and claimed the best times in all 13 events.  Leading UIC, Rodolfo Zuniga, Christian Grobe, Mike Greco, Ryota Kuwahara, Joel Demuth, Ramiro Almaraz, Vince Errichiello, Mike Reed and Sebastian Ostrowski all captured bests in their respective events.

Zuniga was able to stand out in the 200 free to come in first at 1:46.90 and posted 4:45.76 in the 500 free for the top honor.

While swimming in exhibition, Grobe bested his opponents in the 400 IM with 4:10.12 and the 100 breast with 59.91, as Almaraz captured the title of first in the 400 IM with 4:10.37.

Greco posted an NCAA qualifying score in the one-meter dive with a 315.83, while collecting a 310.28 in the three-meter.

Kuwahara took the 1000 free in 9:56.60, as Demuth edged away to take the 50 free in 21.59.  Errichiello took first (52.21) in the 100 fly and placed second in the 50 free with 21.66.

Reed claimed first in the 100 free with 47.39 and Ostrowski reached the top of the 100 back with 54.11.

In the 400 medley relay, the team of Peter Errichiello, Grobe, Ostrowski and Reed broke away to capture first with 3:32.33, as Demuth, John Mordach, Brian Sivak and Alamaraz held the best time in the 400 free relay with 3:10.95.

The women's squad (2-0, 1-0 HL) continued to increase their bests on the season as they took 11-of-13 events.  Melanie Waszak, Veronica Gibson and Whitney Johnson brought in two wins apiece, as Emily Gniatczyk, Katherine Hare and Monica Pinkus put up bests in each of their individual events.

Waszak broke away from her competitors as she controlled the 1000 free and finished first in 10:38.93, while also taking the 100 back in 1:00.07.

In the 400 IM, Gibson pulled away to capture first in 4:38.28 and captured the best time in the 100 fly with 59.57, as Kelsey Millin took second in one minute flat.

Johnson produced the best scores in the one-meter and three-meter dives.  In the 1 mtr, she posted a 251.76, while putting up a 276.38 in the 3 mtr.

Gniatczyk swam a 24.55 in the 50 free to top her opponents, as Hare (55.05) came up strong in the 100 free to take first.  Pinkus (55.65) came in a close second in the 100 free, but had the best time in the 100 breast with 1:06.28.

The Flames also held bests in the 400 medley relay, as the team of Anne Jacobsen, Pinkus, Danel Voorhees and Devon O'Neil captured first in 3:57.65 and O'Neil, Waszak, Jacobsen and Hutchinson combined for a top time of 3:39.64 in the 400 free relay.

UIC heads into back-to-back competition next weekend.  The teams take on Northwestern, with the men also facing Western Kentucky, on Friday at 4 p.m. (CT) in Evanston, Ill., and then travel to go up against Horizon League-foe Milwaukee on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT).