Feb. 27, 2013
CHICAGO - On day one of the Horizon League Championships, the UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams produced a collection of career bests at the Flames Natatorium, while the women's team set school and pool records in the 200 medley relay.
The men's team began competition by capturing a season-best time in the 200 free relay with 1:22.10, while Cleveland State set a Flames Natatorium record with a time of 1:20.30. Mike Reed, Sebastian Ostrowski, Vince Errichiello and Joel Demuth combined for the fourth-place finish, as Reed had the best split with 20.37.
The Flames had four competitors in the 1000 free, with Rodolfo Zuniga (9:39.49), Zachary McClernon (9:50.49) and Ramiro Almaraz (9:51.13) coming in with career bests and Ryota Kuwahara taking a time of 9:50.35. Zuniga's time paced him for the best team time and a 10th-place finish.
Day one of competition ended with the team of Ostrowski, Conor Ozog, Kei Ishimaru and Reed placing fourth with a season-best 1:31.08 in the 200 medley relay and Reed taking a top split time again with 19.76. Cleveland State took another pool record with 1:29.06.
The women's team came out strong from the start to set a season best in the 200 free relay with 1:33.39. The team of Emily Gniatczyk, Monica Pinkus, Devon O'Neil and Katherine Hare brought in the third-place finish, just .06 seconds behind the school record, as Milwaukee set the Flames Natatorium record with its 1:32.45 finish. Pinkus led the team with a 22.93 split.
Veronica Gibson finished on top for the Flames in the 1000 free with a second-place finish and career-best score of 10:10.20. Sara Pardue (10:38.65) and Jocelyn Langballe (10:53.57) also competed and took career bests.
Whitney Johnson secured first place on the 3-meter board with an NCAA qualifying score of 299.80, with Grace Miller bringing in a score of 227.45 for 12th.
UIC rounded out its last event by setting school and pool records with its first-place 1:42.16 in the 200 medley relay. Anne Jacobsen, Pinkus, Melanie Waszak and Hare pulled away from their competitors, with Hare leading in the final leg with a time of 23.48.
Competition resumes for the Flames Thursday, with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. (CT), men's 1-meter diving at 1 p.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.