Record-Breaking Finish For Flames At 2004 Horizon League Championships
Feb. 28, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished an outstanding overall showing at the 2004 Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championships, taking fourth place on both sides at the UIC Natatorium.
LeRoy Stevens broke the UIC school record in an exciting 100-yard freestyle, taking third in the event with a 45.38. Elvis Cirkovic, who broke the Horizon League record in the 100 free with a 44.48 in prelims, took the finals in 44.55.
Stevens was also part of a record-breaking 400-yard freestyle relay squad, teaming with Ari Bernstein, Blake Booher and Enric Claret to establish a new school mark of 3:01.99, beating the old record by almost two seconds.
Wright State successfully defended their men's and women's team titles while setting a new league record in the women's 400-yard freestyle (3:30.11) and posting a new pool record in the men's 400 free relay (3:01.43).
Laura Brager of UW-Green Bay set a new league record in the 200-yard backstroke, taking the event in 2:02.66.
UIC had a strong diving presence throughout, concluding the meet with Caitlin Carey's fifth-place performance in the three-meter diving finals, while Mike Horwitz, Joe Scharnak and Ryan Fitzer all placed in the men's one-meter finals.
The Flames finished the championships with 12 new school records, as the men and women each set six new marks. It was an exceptional showing for UIC at their home pool, with the men beating out UW-Milwaukee after just barely dropping to the Panthers last year.
2004 Horizon League Championships
Final Team Results
1. Wright State University- 802.50
2. UW-Green Bay- 783
3. UW-Milwaukee- 6776
4. University of Illinois at Chicago- 429.50
5. Cleveland State University-339
6. Youngstown State- 273
7. Butler University- 233
1. Wright State University- 778
2. UW-Green Bay- 711
3. Cleveland State- 673
4. University of Illinois at Chicago- 526
5. UW-Milwaukee- 494
6. Butler University- 244
2004 Horizon League Championships Awards
Men's Swimmer of the Meet: Zach Hansen, UW-Green Bay
Women's Swimmer of the Meet: Julie Coghlan, Wright State
Men's Diver of the Meet: Chris Jones, Cleveland State
Women's Diver of the Meet: Kalyn Leveto, Youngstown State
Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year: Warren Vickers, Cleveland State
Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year: Jackie Dexter, Wright State
Men's Newcomer of the Year: Rafael Candido, Wright State
Women's Newcomer of the Year: Marianne Lionell, Cleveland State
Men's Swimming Coach of the Year: Matt Liddy, Wright State
Women's Swimming Coach of the Year: Matt Liddy, Wright State
Men's Diving Coach of the Year: Rich Karban, Cleveland State
Women's Diving Coach of the Year: Nick Gavolas, Youngstown State