CHICAGO – The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams host Illinois Institute of Technology, along with the Butler women’s squad, in their second home meet of the season on Saturday. Competition gets underway at 2:30 p.m. (CT) inside the Flames Natatorium.
The Flames are coming off of a weekend where they faced three teams in two days. On Nov. 2, the men and women battled Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., with the men additionally taking on Western Kentucky. Both squads were unable to come away with a win, as they went on to face Milwaukee on Nov. 3 and came up short in a pair of Horizon League losses.
Despite the outcome, the men’s team (2-3, 1-1 HL) tallied a collection of bests on the season, while taking first in seven events versus the Wildcats, Hilltoppers and Panthers. Mike Greco took first twice, with Conor Ozog, Vince Errichiello, Christian Grobe, the 200 medley relay team and 200 free relay team each adding a win apiece.
Greco captured the lone win for UIC against Northwestern and Western Kentucky in the three-meter dive with 276.20 and took first against Milwaukee in the one-meter with 309.00, an NCAA qualifying score. Both firsts, in addition to second- and third-place finishes, garnered Greco the Horizon League Diver of the Week accolade for the second-consecutive week.
Against the Panthers, Ozog (100 breast), Errichiello (50 free) and Grobe (200 breast) won their individual events, as Brian Sivak, Ozog, Errichiello and Mike Reed took the 200 medley relay (1:35.74) and Joel Demuth, Errichiello, Sivak and Reed came away with the 200 free relay (1:24.84).
Jacobsen (100 back), Pinkus (100 breast) and Longlade (200 breast) held on against the Wildcats to take the best times in each event, while the relay team of Gniatczyk, Pinkus, Katherine Hare and Waszak came in at 3:33.43.
In facing Milwaukee, Gibson recorded three firsts in the 1000 free, 200 fly and 500 free. Johnson pulled in a pair in the one-meter dive (277.95), an NCAA qualifying score, and three-meter (241.28), aiding in being named Horizon League Diver of the Week for the second time this season.
Waszak’s best time came in the 100 fly with 57.97, setting a Klotsche Natatorium pool record, as Gniatczyk placed first in the 50 free with a time of 24.48.
IIT heads into Saturday’s competition after facing Monmouth and Lewis this season, with the squads expected to take on North Central on Friday night. The women’s squad from Butler has had an extensive schedule this season, having taken on 11 different teams in four meets so far.