Flames Dominate in Home Opener Against Wright State

Oct. 15, 2011

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– The UIC swimming and diving team opened their 2011-12 season by defeating Horizon League opponent Wright State at home on Saturday. The men finished with a final of 180-114, while the women put up an over-powering score of 191-108.

It was evident that Head Coach Paul Moniak was pleased with the result of the day, saying it was a very solid showing for their first competition.

The men’s squad looked strong, taking first place in 11 of 14 races, with key contributions from Zach Van Swol, Sebastian Ostrowski and Vince Errichiello.

Van Swol held a great lead in the 1000 Free, where he was neck-and-neck with Wright State’s Pawel Grzebala the entire race before pulling away with the win at a time of 9:39.04. Von Swol also took first place in the 200 Back at 1:55.27.

Ostrowski took control of the 100 Back, winning with a time of 52.99, while additionally jumping off to a great start to take first place in the 200 Medley Relay.

Freshman Errichiello is making a strong first impression. While obtaining individual first places in the 100 Fly at 51.85 and the 200 IM at 1:58.06, he was a great asset in the second place finish of the 200 Medley Relay.

Coming off strong performances by Clair Martin, Emily Gniatczyk and Melanie Waszak, it was a special day on the women’s side. Going into his tenth season at UIC, this is the first time the women’s squad has defeated Wright State under Moniak.

Martin continued to show great speed and resilience, taking top honors in the 100 Back, 200 Back and as part of the 200 Medley Relay team.

Gniatczyk won the 100 Free with a time of 53.01 and touched the wall for the first place finish in the 200 Medley Relay.

Waszak took control of the 200 Fly by a large margin, completing with a time of 2:09.52, and additionally competed with the winning quad in the 200 Medley Relay.

Looking toward the season and around the Horizon League, Moniak is trying to put the pieces together.

“With all of our new people, 10 new men and 10 new women with freshmen and transfers, we’re still trying to get an idea of where people fit on the team and other teams are going through that, too. It’s still so early, nobody can predict what’s going to happen, and we’re just going to train hard and go back to work.”

The Flames travel to Charleston, Ill. on Saturday, Oct. 29 where they will face the Eastern Illinois Panthers at 1 p.m.