Swimming & Diving Begins Regular Season At Wright State

Brian Sivak
Brian Sivak

Oct. 12, 2012

CHICAGO - After holding its annual Blue vs. Red Meet on Sept. 29, the UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams get set for the regular season on Saturday, when they head to Dayton, Ohio to take on Horizon League-opponent Wright State.  Competition gets underway at 10 a.m. (CT) at the WSU Natatorium.

The swimming & diving teams were split in two on Sept. 29, when the Blue vs. Red Meet took place.  The current athletes were joined by select alumni to participate in the annual event, where the Red team took the win over Blue.  After combining to win 13-of-22 events, the Red squad produced a total of 201 points to outscore the Blue team's 188.

Saturday marks the fifth-consecutive season where the Flames have opened their regular season against the Raiders.  The men's squad has defeated Wright State in back-to-back meetings, including last season's 180-114 victory, as the women defeated the Raiders last season as well, coming away with a 191-108 win.

"Our meet with Wright State usually turns out to be a tight, early season contest with a tough League opponent and this weekend will likely be no exception," head coach Paul Moniak said.  "We've been training for 5-6 weeks and the team is excited to finally race."

Looking ahead toward the rest of the season, UIC is set to face a collection of tough and challenging opponents, while being led by captains Melanie Waszak and Emily Gniatczyk for the women, and Mike Greco, Brian Sivak and Josh Jacobson for the men.

Wright State is the first-of-five Horizon League opponents the Flames face this season, with the women additionally taking on Youngstown State and Butler.  UIC also competes in three non-conference meets, as well as the TYR Invitational.

"Both the men's and women's teams have a good combination of valuable returning athletes and a solid freshman class," Moniak added.  "We feel our regular season schedule will prepare our team well for the Horizon League Championships, and, of course, it is always nice to host the Championships in our own venue."