Swimming And Diving Takes Three Of Four In Triangular Meet
Nov. 22, 2003
Chicago, Ill.- The UIC men's and women's swimming and diving teams went back to work on Saturday, notching three victories out of four meets in a triangular event with Western Illinois and Saint Louis on Saturday at the UIC Natatorium.
Using a double dual meet scoring format, the Flames' men (6-1) went undefeated on the day, going 2-0 by beating the Billikens, 144-96, and defeating the Leathernecks, 173-67. The UIC women (5-3) downed Western Illinois by a tally of 156-86 while getting edged out by Saint Louis, 127-115, to go 1-1 and just miss a perfect day for both Flames squads.
Leading the way for the men were their spectacular core of young talent. Freshman Mike Horwitz won the one-meter and three-meter diving events for UIC, with teammate Mark Pappalardo finishing second both times. Sophomore LeRoy Stevens was instrumental in the two team wins with his victories in the 100-yard freestyle (46.96) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.70).
The men were near the top of every race. Freshman Blake Booher scored a win in the 50-yard freestyle by just edging out teammate Bill Hare, while Brian Kroes, Ari Bernstein, Enric Claret and Adan Jimenez combined to account for seven second-place finishes.
Junior Caitlin Carey and sophomore Aisha Williams keyed the women's strong day with outstanding performances. Using the methodical technique that has made her a two-time NCAA Zone C qualifier, Carey led the charge by sweeping the one-meter and three-meter boards. Williams was equally impressive on the swimming side, sprinting to a victory in the 100-yard freestyle (54.03) and taking second in the 50-yard freestyle behind fellow UIC swimmer Kelly Hyatt.
Freshman Jessica Darud chipped in with a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at a time of 2:09.40. UIC also received top-three times throughout the day from Laura Martensen, Christine Hare, and Vanessa Segovia.
The Flames opened the meet with men's and women's victories in the 200-yard medley relays. UIC finished Saturday with three relay wins in four chances, just missing out on a fourth in the last men's event, the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Both UIC swimming and diving teams will return to competitive action on Friday, January 16th, 2004, when the women host Illinois State at the UIC Natatorium at 7:00 p.m., while the men travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats and Eastern Michigan at 2:00 p.m.