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    Sept. 28, 2013

    The UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams were joined by select alumni Saturday morning to participate in the annual Blue vs. Red Meet at the Flames Natatorium.  The Blue team came away with the victory after combining for a total of 188 points versus the Red team's 170.

    “It’s good to see all of the new faces and the old faces back for another season,” stated former Flames captain Zach VanSwol.  “The Red versus Blue meet is always a fun meet to start the season and work on the skills. I’m so excited and happy to be invited back and to swim as an alumni.”

    The men's Blue squad placed first in eight of 11 events for 123 points, and the Red squad scored 74 points.  The women's teams flipped the scale to help even the competition when the Red squad came away with nine of 11 wins and 96 points, with Blue collecting a total of 65.

    Recent grad and record holder Emily Gniatczyk was also involved with the alumni team today.

    “It feels good to be back in the water and back among UIC athletes. The Red versus Blue meet is always fun. Everyone is cheering for each other and the alumni get to goof off while the swim team is serious, perfecting all of their skills before the season starts. It’s a different feeling being an alumni. It was a lot of fun to swim with old alum and with all the new UIC Flames swimmers.”

    With many tight races, the 22-event meet included the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 50 free, 100 IM, one-meter dive, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 back, 500 free, 100 breast and 200 free relay.

    The Flames kick off the 2013-14 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they face Horizon League-opponent Wright State at the UIC Natatorium.