Feb. 25, 2014
CHICAGO- The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams travel to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in the 2014 Horizon League Championships hosted by Cleveland State. Competition is set to begin Wednesday and last through Saturday at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.
“Over the past few weeks the team has looked fantastic and technically sharp in their training,” stated head coach Paul Moniak. “We feel confident we will compete at a very high level this week.”
The men’s team tallied a 4-7 record, 2-4 in the Horizon League. Among conference competitors, senior Conor Ozog, junior Mike Reed and sophomores Brayden Amendola, Christian Grobe, Kei Ishimaru and Ryota Kuwahara placed sixth or higher in nine-of-14 individual events.
The Flames head into competition following last year’s events where they finished third. The squad claimed two individual championships by Joel Demuth in the 100 freestyle (44.59), and the 400 free relay (2:59.02) team of Demuth, Reed, Vince Errichiello and Brian Sivak.
After producing a 4-8 record and 2-5 in the Horizon League, the women’s squad put up strong performances to lead the Flames into this week’s championships. Seniors Monica Pinkus and Melanie Waszak, junior Anne Jacobsen, and sophomores Veronica Gibson and Danel Voorhees all led UIC in top-ten times throughout the League this season. Waszak holds place in three events and is first in the conference in the 200 butterfly with 2:02.08. Voorhees also has a best time in the League in the 100 fly with a time of 55.64.
UIC finished fourth at last year’s competition with Waszak being named Horizon League Swimmer of the meet and Whitney Johnson being named Diver of the meet. Waszak broke school records, Horizon League and Championship records with her time of 1:59.26 in the 200 butterfly.
Daily content can be found on the Horizon League’s website (horizonleague.org), with final heats available on the Horizon League Network.