Swimming And Diving Flexes Muscle In Milwaukee|
Nov. 8, 2003
Milwaukee, Wis. If ever the Flames were to be rewarded for their depth, Saturday was the day.
The UIC swimming and diving squads turned in a phenomenal overall performance at the UW-Milwaukee Quad Meet at the Panthers' Klotsche Center on Saturday, scoring four wins overall in a packed pool. With a dual meet system in place for the four-team event, UIC's men's team (3-1, 2-1 Horizon League) finished their day undefeated at 2-0, earning a 171-124 win over Evansville and edging the rival Panthers, 158-141. The Flames' women (3-2, 1-2 Horizon League) took two of three, beating Evansville, 165-127, and Northern Iowa, 159.50-135.50, before falling to UW-Milwaukee, 190-109.
Senior Enric Claret led the men's team by winning the 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.87) and turning in an overpowering performance in the 400-yard IM with a time 4:13.93, finishing the event with a ten-second lead over second-place finisher Mike Lonergan of Evansville. Claret also took second in a close men's 200-yard butterfly event with a time of 1:56.75 and helped the Flames' 400-yard medley relay team finish second.
Claret's outstanding contribution was not the only thing that propelled the UIC men. Junior Stefan Staev, sophomores Adan Jimenez and LeRoy Stevens, and freshman Blake Booher all turned in second-place finishes, while junior Brian Kroes and sophomores Bill Hare and Ari Bernstein pitched in with third-place rankings.
Freshmen Mark Pappalardo, Mike Horwitz and Ryan Fitzer were excellent on the boards for the Flames. Pappalardo continued his fantastic start to the season with a first-place finish in the one-meter event while taking fourth on the three-meter boards. Horwitz took third in the one-meter dive and Fitzer captured second on the three-meter board.
The UIC women turned in balanced performances throughout the day, led by freshman Jessica Darud's second-place finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events. Darud was narrowly denied first in the 100-yard race with a time of 1:00.70, just short of Evansville sophomore Asuka Bunazawa's 1:00.56. Bunazawa also edged Darud in the 200-yard event, finishing a mere three seconds ahead of Darud.
Sophomores Laura Martensen and Aisha Williams turned in strong times on Saturday, with Martensen taking second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 1000-yard free, while Williams scored second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard fly. Juniors Vanessa Segovia, Alicia Perry, and Christine Hare and freshman Kelly Hyatt pitched in with fourth-place finishes during the meet.
The Flames return to action on Saturday, November 15th for a Horizon League dual meet against Butler at the UIC Natatorium starting at 6 p.m.