Feb. 28, 2013
CHICAGO - Mike Reed produced an NCAA B qualifying time in the 50 free prelims, and Melanie Waszak, Monica Pinkus and the 400 medley relay team set school records, as the UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams closed out competition on day two of the Horizon League Championships at the Flames Natatorium.
Beginning the day with prelims, the men's and women's teams were able to come away with strong performances and follow them into finals.
The men's team was led by Reed, Vince Errichiello and Rodolfo Zuniga through their respective final events of the 50 free, 200 IM and 500 free, as Connor Howard took the top score for UIC in 1-meter diving.
In the 50 free, Reed recorded his NCAA B time of 20.09 with first in the prelims and came out in finals to take first again with 20.22. Joel Demuth brought in a career-best 20.36 for third and Brian Sivak finished in the consolation final with a time of 21.16.
Errichiello secured second place with his career-best time of 1:49.79 in the 200 IM, with Kei Ishimaru close behind at fifth with 1:52.68 and Sebastian Ostrowski at sixth with 1:52.82, 1:52.22 in prelims, after producing their own career bests on the day.
Zuniga led the final heat for the Flames in the 500 free with a fifth-place finish and a career-best 4:33.48, as John Mordach swam in the consolation with 4:39.76 after a prelim time of 4:39.12.
Howard produced an NCAA score of 313.95 in the finals of 1-meter diving after taking a prelim score of 296.10. Mike Greco followed with a score of 299.00, with a 303.60 prelim, and Mark Ciesielski came in with a score of 236.90, a prelim of 248.30.
The 400 medley relay team of Ostrowski, Conor Ozog, Ishimaru and Reed took third in their final event with a season-best time 3:18.98, while Cleveland State set a pool record with 3:15.24.
Through the four events the women's team competed in on Thursday, three school records were broken, as well as a Flames Natatorium record. Waszak, Pinkus, Kelsey Millin and the 400 medley relay team led the way.
Waszak snapped her own school record when she came in first in the 500 free with 4:52.95, and Anne Jacobsen set a career best with 5:11.51 after swimming in the consolation, while Veronica Gibson (4:59.83) and Jocelyn Langballe (5:28.33) set career highs in prelims.
Pinkus followed in the 50 free by setting a school record with 23.41, a record held since 2008, and took third place. Before finishing fifth in the final, Emily Gniatczyk set a career best in prelims with 23.51. Katherine Hare was able to produce a career best as well in the consolation final with 23.97.
In the 200 IM, Millin set a season-best time with 2:07.61 for seventh and Gisun Pak came away with a career best in the consolation with 2:10.35.
Similar to the day one result of the 200 medley relay, the 400 medley relay team of Jacobsen, Pinkus, Waszak and Gniatczyk set a school and Flames Natatorium record with their first-place time of 3:41.63.
Competition gets underway tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT) with prelims, followed by women's 1-meter diving at 1:30 p.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.