Women's Swimming & Diving Victorious Over Youngstown State

Monica Pinkus
Monica Pinkus

Jan. 25, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC women's swimming & diving team (6-2, 3-1 HL) came out strong as it faced Youngstown State at the Flames Natatorium Friday evening.  The Flames were able to outlast the Penguins by a final of 187.5-112.5.

The Flames took top honors in 12 events, as bests on the evening came from Melanie Waszak, Monica Pinkus, Anne Jacobsen, Veronica Gibson, Emily Gniatczyk, Katherine Hare, Danel Voorhees, Kelsey Millin and Whitney Johnson.

Waszak came away with a pair of wins as she grabbed the 200 fly in 2:07.08 and finished the 500 free in 5:09.87.  Pinkus produced a personal and team best on the season with her 24.31 finish in the 50 free and placed second in the 100 free with 53.89.

Jacobsen ended her race in the 100 back in a tie with Youngstown State's Ashley Dow with a 58.59 final, a season best, and paced her competitors for second in the 200 back with 2:07.70.  Gibson recorded a top time in the 1000 free with 10:32.50, taking second in the 500 free with 5:10.82.

Gniatczyk took hold of the 200 free with a time of 1:56.32, as Hare came up with a season-best time in the 100 free with 53.75.  Voorhees touched first in the 100 fly with 58.71 and Millin ended individual competition with a win in the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.04.

UIC took wins in both relays, with the 200 medley relay team of Jacobsen, Andrea Longlade, Voorhees and Gniatczyk finished in 1:49.25 and the 200 free relay team of Gniatczyk, Devon O'Neil, Hare and Pinkus matched the team's season best with a time of 1:37.03.

Johnson led the diving team with a first-place finish on the 1-mtr board with 269.48 and came in second on the 3-mtr with 233.18.

Also, Alisa Penkala swam the best time for UIC in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:09.25, and came away with a second-place finish behind the Penguins in the 200 breast with 2:29.62.

As the women faced Youngstown State, the men's team competed in an intrasquad meet.  In the men's heats, a collection of season best times were placed by Ramiro Almaraz, Conor Ozog, Peter Errichiello and Christian Grobe, with Joel Demuth, Kei Ishimaru and Sean Mayfield winning their respective events as well.

Almaraz swam a 1:47.07 in the 200 free for a season best and a 1:59.54 in the 200 back, while Ozog's personal and team best on the season came in the 100 breast with 58.96 and he collected a top time in the 200 breast with 2:12.81.

Errichiello finished with a season-best 53.42 in the 100 back, with Grobe concluding the 200 IM in a personal-best 1:57.41.

Demuth won the 50 Free (21.65) and 100 free (47.04) for his team, as Ishimaru took the 200 fly in 1:56.86 and Mayfield produced a time of 52.67 in the 100 fly.

The Flames return tomorrow for day two of their back-to-back days of competition.  The divers host the UIC Diving Invitational at the Flames Natatorium beginning at 10 a.m. (CT), while the swimming team takes on Valparaiso on the road at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool in Valparaiso, Ind., at 1 p.m. (CT).