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    Jan. 26, 2003

    Milwaukee, Wis. - The Bill Ritter Invitational hosted by UW-Milwaukee saw the UIC men's swimming and diving teams make a statement, finishing third with 830.5 points.

    UW-Green Bay won the men's competition with 1103.5 points, followed by the host Panthers (932). Butler was fourth (178) and Marquette took fifth (120).

    In women's action, UIC was fifth with 473 points. UW-Milwaukee was the champion (872), followed by UW-Green Bay (858.5), Illinois State (682.5), Northern Iowa (561), UIC, Butler (233) and Marquette (35).

    Flames co-captain Michael Magee won the one- and three-meter diving competitions, while teammate Joe Scharnak was second in both events. Magee won the one-meter with a score of 272.85 and the three-meter board scoring 419.35 points.

    Enric Claret also picked-up a win for the Flames winning the 200-yard Im in a time of 1:56.79. Claret was also second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:11.35 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.32.

    Freshman Adan Jimenez continued his rapid improvement by winning the 100-yard backstroke in 53.16.

    The Flames also made a mark in the relay events, thus gaining respect from their Horizon League opponents.

    UIC won the 400-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays with outstanding times of 3:30.77 and 3:10.61, respectively.

    Ari Bernstein also had a nice weekend for the Flames, taking second in the 100-yard fly (52.15) and third in the 50-yard free (21.99) and 100-yard free (48.47).

    LeRoy Stevens, the reigning Horizon League Athlete of the Week, took second in the 200-yard free (1:45.48) and the 100-yard free (48.07).

    In women's action, Jamie Redway grabbed the lone win for the Flames, taking the grueling 1650-yard free in 17:53.8.

     

     

    Laura Martensen was third in the 500-yard free (5:17.0), while Aisha Williams was third in the 100-yard free (55.35) and Caitlin Carey took third in the three-meter diving event with a score of 375.4.