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    Jan. 30, 2014

    CHICAGO- Coming off of impressive wins against Valparaiso on Jan. 18, the UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams look to get back into competition this weekend.

    "This weekend marks the final check point in the season for us before the Horizon League Championships and we look forward to close races in both meets,” stated head coach Paul Moniak.

    On Friday, the women’s squad will travel to Youngstown, Ohio to take on Youngstown State at the Beeghly Natatorium at 4:30 p.m. (CT) before heading to Cleveland, Ohio, where both teams will face Cleveland State on Saturday in a Horizon League dual-meet at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium at 11 a.m.

    UIC’s last competition took place on Jan. 18 against Valparaiso, when the men’s squad (4-6, 2-3 HL) took a 160-69 win and the women’s team (4-6, 2-3 HL) defeated the Crusaders, 145-81.

    The Flames came away with 17 wins from Ryota Kuwahara, John Mordach, Joel Demuth, Christian Grobe, Zack McClernon, Rodolfo Zuniga and the 400 medley relay team on the men’s side, and Veronica Gibson, Kelsey Millin, Monica Pinkus, Gisun Pak, Melanie Waszak, Jocelyn Langballe and the 400 medley relay team on the women’s side.

    The women’s team has captured the past eight meetings with the Penguins, including last year’s 187.5-112.5 victory. Youngstown State is 1-5, 0-2 HL, through competition this season, with its most recent meet on Jan. 26 at the Butler Invitational.

    It has been a tough battle in the past 11 regular-season match-ups against Cleveland State, with the Vikings topping the Flames in the last three. The only win for the men’s team came in the 2008-09 season, when it defeated the Vikings 132-102. On the women’s side, they are nearly split with a 4-7 overall record against Cleveland State, with their last win of 152-81 coming during the 2008-09 season as well.