Nov. 10, 2012
CHICAGO – Returning to the Flames Natatorium after back-to-back meets on the road, the UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams captured a pair of wins over Illinois Institute of Technology, with the women additionally overcoming Butler, on Saturday. The men’s squad finished with a 163-66 advantage over the Scarlet Hawks, as the women bested IIT, 166-37, and Butler, 148-82.
“We just finished the third week of four weeks of competition and were able to change our lineup a little bit to see some different things,” head coach Paul Moniak said. “We saw some things from athletes we were impressed with, as it was nice to see them race under different conditions and events. From last weekend, we had to lick our wounds a little bit and now we feel confident going into the TYR Invitational and how we are going to do next weekend.”
The men’s team (3-3, 1-1 HL) took the best times in 12-of-13 events over IIT and collected several top-three finishes. Vince Errichiello, Christian Grobe, John Mordach, Sean Mayfield, Kei Ishimaru, Sebastian Ostrowski and Mike Greco all contributed with first-place finishes in their events.
Errichiello scored two wins for UIC, taking first in the 200 IM with 1:55.52 and first in the 100 free with 47.00, a pair of personal bests on the season. Grobe pulled away in the 500 free to capture the top time in 4:47.81 and held the best time in the 100 breast with 59.03.
Mordach and Mayfield had a couple of personal bests when Mordach broke away to take first in the 1000 free with 10:02.99 and Mayfield led the 50 free with first (21.86).
Ishimaru finished the 100 fly with first in 52.81 and came in second in the 200 IM with 1:58.01. In the 100 back, Ostrowski put up a time of 52.72, a team best this season, to take first.
With the divers facing University of Chicago, Greco notched his sixth and seventh first-place finishes of the season with a pair of NCAA qualifying scores in the one-meter (312.55) and three-meter (324.15). The Flames defeated the Maroons 173-15.
The 200 medley relay was brought down to the last 50 meters, as the team of Peter Errichiello, Brayden Amendola, Ishimaru and Ostrowski touched at 1:37.37 for first. In the 200 free relay, Brian Sivak, Mayfield, Ostrowski and Ramiro Almaraz finished with the best time at 1:27.36.
Veronica Gibson and Kelsey Millin recorded a pair of firsts to aid in the women’s team (3-2, 1-1 HL) victory. Emily Gniatczyk, Monica Pinkus, Melanie Waszak and Andrea Longlade also contributed with bests in their respective events.
Gibson captured the top time in the 200 free with 1:59.19, just edging out Devon O’Neil (1:59.27), and touched first in the 100 fly with 1:00.47. Millin’s two firsts came in the 200 IM with 2:12.80 and 100 back with 1:01.19, a pair of bests on the season.
UIC finished first and second with stand-out performances from Gniatczyk (24.55) and Katherine Hare (25.29) in the 50 free. Hare also placed second in the 100 free with 54.41, just behind Pinkus who came up with the best time at 54.40.
Waszak was able to take the 500 free with a time of 5:06.85, as Longlade came in with the 100 breast in 1:07.71.
Also facing the Maroons on the diving boards and taking a 167-9 win, Whitney Johnson put up the best score with a 268.00 in the three-meter and a 257.35 in the one-meter.
In the 200 medley relay, Waszak, Longlade, Millin and Gniatczyk took first with 1:48.67 and the team of O’Neil, Waszak, Danel Voorhees and Gisun Pak brought in the best time with 1:40.47 in the 200 free relay.
The Flames head back to Evanston, Ill., on Friday to compete in the annual TYR Invitational hosted by Northwestern. The competition is scheduled to run through Sunday, Nov. 18.