Swimming and Diving Dominates Valparaiso at Home

Senior Diver Kristi Carling
Senior Diver Kristi Carling

Jan. 18, 2014

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CHICAGO- With their second competition back after winter break, the UIC men's and women's swimming and diving teams were able to come up with a pair of wins against Horizon League foe Valparaiso Saturday at the UIC Natatorium. The men defeated the Crusaders 160-69, as the women took a 145-81 final.

Prior to the meet, Joel Demuth, Josh Jacobson, Conor Ozog, Brian Sivak, Kristi Carling, Alisa Penkala, Monica Pinkus and Melanie Waszak were honored as part of senior day.

"Today was a nice way to send out our seniors after their four years of hard work," stated head coach Paul Moniak. "It's nice to send them out with two victories today. Now that we are definitely in the homestretch of the season, we're looking forward to Youngstown State and Cleveland in two weeks, and then doing final preparations for the Horizon League Championships in six weeks. Overall a good day today, and we will miss our seniors and wish them the best of luck.

The men's squad (4-6, 2-3 HL) showed no weakness in today's meet. The foursome of Peter Errichiello, Brayden Amendola, Vince Errichiello and Nick Kowaleski proved to be best in the 400 medley relay, finishing with a time of 3:29.47. Sebastian Ostrowski, Lance Bergmann, Zack McClernon and Kei Ishimaru touched second with a time of 3:32.55.

Sophomore Ryota Kuwahara wowed with a time of 16:43.20 in the 1650 freestyle, as well as the 200 bufferly (1:56.85). John Mordach (1:45.99) and Kei Ishimaru (1:46.32) finished first and second, respectively in the 200 free. Mordach also took second in the 500 free with a time of 4:54.61.

Demuth was untouchable in the 50 free finishing in 21.31, while V. Errichiello finished closely behind in 21.77. Demuth also took the 100 free in a time of 46.69, with Kowaleski touching second (47.71).

V. Errichiello just missed first in the 200 breaststroke, touching in 2:10.51. Sophomore Christian Grobe touched first in the 400 IM with a final time of 4:11.94. Rodolfo Zuniga flew through the 500 free with a final time of 4:52.51.

McClernon and P. Errichiello dominated the 200 backstroke placing first and second, respectively. McClernon's final time was 1:58.25, while P. Errichiello finished in 2:03.25.

Sophomore diver Mark Ciesielski stunned on the three-meter board with a final score of 309.23. He also finished strong on the one-meter board, barely missing first, with a score of 298.50.

To finish the meet, the 400 free relay team of Demuth, Jacobson, Ozog and Mordach touched first with a final time of 3:14.06. Ramiro Almaraz, Zuniga, McClernon and Grobe came in close second with a time of 3:18.78.

To start the meet, the women's squad (4-6, 2-3 HL) opened strong when the quartet of Jocelyn Langballe, Gisun Pak, Anne Jacobsen and Katherine Hare sped through the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:05.90. Waszak, Pinkus, Devon O'Neil and Kelsey Millin were not far behind, coming in second with a time of 4:06.43.

Veronica Gibson and Sara Pardue had the one-two finish in the 1650 free with times of 17:52.20 and 18.55.50, respectively. Gibson also took the 500 free with a time of 5:16.34.

Millin proved to be best in the 200 free finishing with a time of 2:02.46, while Langballe finished close behind with a time of 2:04.02.

Pinkus showed no weakness in the 50 free finishing with a final time of 24.77, while Erin Sivak's time of 25.83 secured her for a second place finish.

Pak continued on top placing first in the 400 IM (4:49.00) and 200 breast (2:29.14), with Penkala touching second in both with a times of 4:56.66 and 2:34.41, respectively.

O'Neil missed first in the 200 fly, coming in with a time of 2:21.31. Waszak touched first in the 100 free in 54.75.

Langballe and Hare had the one-two finish in the 200 back, coming in with times of 2:11.26 and 2:17.18, respectively.

Junior diver Whitney Johnson proved yet again to be the best when she took the one-meter board with a final score of 285.75, an NCAA Zone score, and the three-meter board with a score of 273.30.

The foursome of E. Sivak, Millin, Jacobsen and hare sped through the 400 free relay with a time of 3:42.23. Pinkus, O'Neil, Waszak and Danel Voorhees finished closely behind in 3:45.37.