UIC Swimming Sends Four to Junior Nationals

March 21, 2000

Chicago, Ill. - Flames' swimming is going national this week and a quartet of men will represent UIC at the United States Swimming Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla.

Beginning Wednesday, March 22, Bob Allison, Dave Kimmerly, Tom Schwingen and Paul Torres will be competing among the cream of the country's crop and possibly draw the national scope to focus on UIC.

"We are going there to compete against the best in the country," Head Coach John Christie said. "We had a great conference meet and our best season, so this is just the icing on the cake."

After sending three divers to the NCAA Zone competition two weeks ago, the Flames' aquatics program has enjoyed its most successful season to date under Christie in his four years. In the Zone meet at the University of Minnesota, Chuck Rock placed 17th in the 3m board, while finishing 22nd in the 1m. Andrea Bove and Shannon Joseph, the MCC Diver of the Year, tallied 32nd and 41st place finishes, respectively, on the women's side.

The Junior Nationals create a scene where the UIC name will become visible, an asset to the program according to Christie.

"This is a great recruiting tool and we're very excited about going."

Allison, a freshman from the state capital, will compete in the 100 fly. Dave Kimmerly, a Lockport H.S. grad, will look to make waves in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

Possibly the two best hopes for the Flames will come down to Schwingen and Torres. Schwingen, a rookie out of Fenton H.S., is seeded in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, while "superstar sophomore" Paul Torres will be the workhorse for the Flames, qualifying in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, as well as the 200 and 400 IM.

"These kids will be seeded high and I'm looking for them to be in the top eight, especially Torres and Schwingen," said Christie.

The four Flames will compete at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic center Wednesday through Saturday in the Sunshine State.