Nov. 5, 2011
CHICAGO – The UIC swimming & diving teams could not keep their winning streak going, as both squads fell to Milwaukee, with the women additionally dropping to Illinois, Saturday at the Flames Natatorium. The Panthers ousted the men’s team 157-86, while the women were defeated 146-96 by Milwaukee and 181.50-60.50 by Illinois.
Despite the outcome, the Flames produced performances they can build on.
The men’s squad (2-1, 1-1 Horizon League) was led with impressive performances from Zach Van Swol and Will Ikeda. Van Swol took first in the 1000 free (9:39.13) and the 200 back (1:54.41), while Ikeda placed first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.45 and had a strong showing in the 200 IM. Gabe Cury and Daniel Corley also brought in first-place finishes in the 50 free and 500 free, respectively. Additionally, Woody Lord met the NCAA qualifying standard with a score of 300.45 in the one-meter diving competition.
The women’s team (2-2, 1-1 Horizon League) faced equally tough opponents from Milwaukee and Illinois. Top performances from Melanie Waszak, Marissa Yontz and Clair Martin came up short as they finished second during neck-and-neck events. Waszak battled in the 200 fly (2:09.62), Yontz in the 100 free (53:08), and Martin competed in the 200 back, finishing in 2:05.52.
“I saw some good things, good signs, but we’ve got some very tough competition coming up and this was a serious test…we need to see some improvement,” head coach Paul Moniak said. “I do think the second half of our meet was quite a bit better than the first half. Once we got in the flow of the meet, our athletes responded better, but still we need to see some improvement.”
The Flames return to competition Nov. 12, when they head up to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern at 11 a.m. (CT).