Nov. 8, 2013
CHICAGO- In their first of back-to-back meets, the UIC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dropped to Wyoming on Friday at the Flames Natatorium. The women fell 152-84, as the men were outscored 143-81 by the Cowboys.
“This was our first opportunity to race Wyoming in Paul and my time here. They are obviously an incredibly tough competitor. They came in here ready to race and it was a ton of fun to face off with a team of that caliper,” stated assistant coach Noelle Wilhite. “Our athletes stood up and had a blast putting up some of our best in-season swims thus far this season.”
Despite their best effort, the men’s team (2-4, 1-2 HL) was not able to secure the first place score in the meet. Junior Connor Howard proved yet again to be unstoppable in the diving events. Howard took first in the 1-meter dive with an NCAA Qualifying score of 301.28. He also took second on the 3-meter board with a score of 249.83.
Rodolfo Zuniga dropped over :30 off his performance from last week in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:28.50, but ultimately fell short to take the second-place finish.
The foursome of Peter Errichiello, Vince Errichiello, Nick Kowaleski, and the quartets anchor, Sebastian Ostrowski touched second in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:25.43. Wilhite commented on the relay saying that “It was a highlight of the men’s meet. There were some outstanding in-season swims on that relay. Sebastian [Ostrowski] really pulled away from Wyoming’s third place team to seal up that runner-up position.” She followed-up by saying that both Ostrowski and Kowaleski are swimmers to not take lightly and really keep an eye out for throughout this season.
The women’s squad (2-4, 1-2 HL) also came up short in the meet taking second. Whitney Johnson stunned on the 1 and 3 meter boards with scores of 291.53 and 282, respectively, giving her NCAA Qualifying Standard scores for both dives. Johnson has received NCAA Qualifying Standard scores during every meet she has competed in so far this season.
Senior standout Monica Pinkus touched second in the 50 free with a time of 24.31, just .29 seconds behind the first-place finisher from Wyoming. Wilhite spoke about the event saying, “That was a great swim for Monica at this point in the season.”
Both squads close out their back-to-back weekend when they return back to the Flames Natatorium tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. for a rematch with Wyoming, with Northwestern also joining. A correction to the order of events has been made, and the meet will begin with the diving events.