Swimming & Diving Takes Two Over Green Bay
Jan. 12, 2013
CHICAGO-The UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams edged by Horizon League-foe Green Bay on Saturday at the Flames Natatorium, as the men defeated the Phoenix 129-114 and the women came out with a close final of 123-120, marking the first time the women's team has won against UWGB in head coach Paul Moniak's career with the Flames.
The men's team (5-3, 2-1 HL) put up a fight from the start of the meet and it paid off, with the Flames taking first in eight events. Christian Grobe, Mike Reed, Vince Errichiello, Ryota Kuwahara, Joel Demuth and Mike Greco claimed first-place in their respective events, as well as the 400 medley relay team of Sebastian Ostrowski, Conor Ozog, Kei Ishimaruand Demuth with a season-best time of 3:30.71.
Grobe was able to take first in a pair of events, the 500 free with a personal-best 4:45.09 and 200 breast with 2:06.54. Reed brought in first in the 50 free with a time of 21.44, as Errichiello out-touched Green Bay in the 200 IM with 1:56.26.
Kuwahara put up a season-best time of 1:52.51 in the 200 fly, as Demuth stole the 100 free in 47.38, with Errichiello placing second in 47.72. Greco scored best in the one-meter dive, posting a season-best and NCAA qualifying score of 318.53.
The women's team (5-2, 2-1 HL) broke away from Green Bay to take wins in its first three events and ending the meet with nine wins. Aside from a pair of relay wins, Veronica Gibson, Melanie Waszak, Monica Pinkus and Whitney Johnsoncaptured first-place finishes for the Flames.
Gibson, Waszak and Johnson each took two wins. Gibson claimed season-best times in the 1000 free with 10:25.10 and the 500 free with 5:05.69, while Waszak took the 200 free in 1:55.39 and the 200 fly in 2:08.37.
Pinkus brought in first in the 200 breast with 2:23.28, after taking second in the 50 free with 24.50. Johnson was able to claim the one-meter and three-meter dives, with 265.50 on the 3M and an NCAA qualifying score of 273.91 on the 1M.
The team of Anne Jacobsen, Pinkus, Waszak and Emily Gniatczyk recorded the first win for UIC in the 400 medley relay with 3:53.47, as Gniztczyk, Katherine Hare, Devon O'Neil and Kelsey Millin secured the win in 3:32.93 with first-place in the 400 free relay.