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    Dec. 15, 2012

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    MACOMB, Ill. - The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams came away with a pair of wins as they defeated Western Illinois on Saturday at the Brophy Pool Hall.  The men’s squad defeated the Leathernecks 207-93 and the women captured a 228-67 win.

    The men’s team (4-3, 1-1 HL) took first in 13-of-16 events, as Rodolfo Zuniga, Joel Demuth, Brian Sivak, Conor Ozog, Kei Ishimaru, Christian Grobe, Sebastian Ostrowski, Vince Errichiello and Mike Greco each recorded bests.

    Zuniga, Demuth, Sivak and Greco took a pair, as Zuniga held his own in the 1000 free (9:57.32) and 500 free (4:56.05), Demuth held first in the 200 free (1:45.84) and 100 free (47.98) and Sivak finished best in the 100 back (52.73) and 200 back (1:56.63).  Greco was able to produce an NCAA qualifying score in the 3-mtr dive with a score of 345.60 and came away with a 1-mtr score of 287.55.

    Ozog won the 100 breast with 1:00.31, Ishimaru defeated his opponents in the 200 fly with 1:57.51, Grobe came away with the 200 breast in 2:09.74, Ostrowski claimed the 100 fly with 53.20 and Errichiello bested his opponents in the 200 IM in 1:59.97.

    Katherine HareMelanie Waszak and Whitney Johnson shined for the women’s team (4-2, 1-1 HL) as they each collected a pair of firsts.  Monica Pinkus, Veronica GibsonGisun PakEmily GniatczykAnne JacobsenDanel Voorhees and Kelsey Millin also represented for the Flames.

    Hare came in first in the 100 back with 1;02.84 and 100 free with 54.83, Waszak won the 200 fly with 2:07.31 and 500 free with 5:11.17 and Johnson won both diving events with 265.43 in the 1-mtr and 248.33 in the 3-mtr.

    Pinkus' first-place finish in the 200 breast with 2:24.76 set a Brophy Pool record, while Gibson had a best on the season in the 200 free (1:59.17).  Pak brought in the 100 breast (1:10.44), Gniatczyk held the 50 free (24.78), Jacobsen won the 200 back (2:14.37), Voorhees came away in the 100 fly (1:00.52) and Millin captured the final individual event in the 200 IM (2:15.65).

    The 200 medley relay team of Waszak, Pinkus, Voorhees and Gniatczyk won with a time of 1:49.99 and the 200 free relay team of Gniatczyk, Hare, Kirsten Hutchinson and Waszak concluded the meet with first in 1:40.13.

    The Flames break for the remainder of the year and return for their annual training trip from Jan. 1-10 in Honolulu.  They return to competition on Saturday, Jan. 12 for a meet against conference-foe Green Bay at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Flames Natatorium.