Swimming And Diving Opens Season On Losing End

Oct. 26, 2002


Chicago, Ill. - Depleted by injuries on both the men's and women's side, the University of Illinois at Chicago swimming and diving squads gave quite an effort on Saturday afternoon in their season debut, but couldn't swim past the Eastern Illinois Panthers at the UIC Natatorium.

Eastern Illinois edged the UIC men's team, 124-112, while the Eastern Illinois women defeated the Flames, 137-105.

"With the women missing three key people, and the men missing Enric Claret, we competed well today," head coach Paul Moniak said.

The men almost picked up the victory despite losing the services of captain Enric Claret, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

LeRoy Stevens had a nice day in collegiate debut, as the freshman won the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.49) and anchored the Flames' winning 400-yard medley relay team.

Another newcomer, Ari Bernstein, competed well in his first collegiate action taking second-place in the 50-yard free with a time of 22.42, while fellow freshman Bill Hare was second in the 200-yard back (2:03.74)..

Sophomore Chris Kaczor was victorious on the day, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:21.19.

In men's diving, the Flames swept both competitions, with Mike Magee winning both boards (1-Meter, 257.35; 3-Meter, 264.40).

Joe Schranak, Ted Slowik and David Zuniga followed Magee on both boards.

"We swam well, we had a couple of freshmen compete well in their collegiate debuts in Bernstein and Stevens," Moniak added.



On the women's side for the Flames, Vanessa Segovia and newcomer Laura Martensen shined as the ladies competed without the services of Stephanie Murphy, Jamie Redway and Alicia Perry, who were either injured or ill.

Both were double winners on the afternoon, as Segovia won the 200-yard IM (2:16.27) and the 200-yard fly (2:18.02).

Martensen was excellent in her debut, winning the 1000-yard free (10:41.78) and coming back to win the 500-yard free in 5:15.55.

The 400-yard medley relay team of Segovia, Martensen, Aisha Williams and Christine Hare was also victorious.

In women's diving, Caitlin Carey won both boards, with scores of 228.75 (1-Meter) and 245.45 (3-Meter). Jamie Morris was second in each diving event, while Emily Olson was third on the one-meter board for UIC.

"The women did a real nice job of coming together and we had some breakthrough swims from Laura Martensen and Aisha Williams," Moniak said.

Both squads are back in the pool on Sunday, October 27, as the Flames compete in the Northwestern Relays.