Swimming Dominates Butler And Lindenwood In Double Dual Meet|
Nov. 13, 2004
Indianapolis, Ind.- The University of Illinois at Chicago swimming team rattled off 10 straight individual event wins in rolling to double dual meet wins for both the men's and women's squads against host Butler and visiting Lindenwood on Saturday afternoon at the IUPUI Natatorium.
In a meet featuring solely swimming, the UIC men defeated Butler by a 138-34 count and downed Lindenwood 136-59. The Flames women won a 124-64 decision over the Bulldogs and defeated Lindenwood by a 127-53 mark.
Even without the consistent point-scoring from the diving squads, the Flames never trailed as UIC took 17 of 22 events, racing in the last four as exhibition events with the victories in hand.
Sophomore Blake Booher was dominating in the sprint free events, taking the 50-yard free in a career-best 20.86, a new team season-best, while swimming a 47.39 to win the 100 free.
Booher's 50 free time was just .13 away from breaking Dan Pienta's seven-year school record.
Edi Georg turned in a breakout performance for the second straight week, winning both the 1000 free (10:25.10) and the 200 backstroke (2:01.08). The wins marked Georg's first two-win meet performance of his career.
Dan Hare, coming off a superb two-win performance against UW-Milwaukee last Saturday that earned the rookie Horizon League Athlete of the Week accolades, continued to shine with a win in the 200-yard IM at 1:57.56 and a victory in the 500 free with a mark of 4:54.86.
Hare's time in the 200 breaststroke would have also qualfied for first place had the team not competed as exhibition racers with the team wins decided.
Freshman Jason Dews celebrated his first career win with a victory in the 200 butterfly, swimming a 1:59.89 to become the only competitor in the event with a sub-two-minute time.
LeRoy Stevens took a break from the 50 and 100 freestyle events to compete in the 200 free, but the outcome was the same. Stevens took the event in 1:45.22.
Giczewski also turned in a second-place performance in the 200-yard IM, narrowly finishing behind Alicia Perry, who swam a 2:18.86 for the win.
Jenny Gessford became the first Flame outside of Colleen Dougherty to win the 50 free on the women's side. Gessford edged out teammate Kelly Hyatt, who had a nice meet with two second place finishes in sprint free compeition, with a 24.84.
The UIC swimming and diving teams return to action this Friday for a road meet at Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. The Flames return to the UIC Natatorium the next day to take on Saint Louis.