Swimming And Diving Takes Three Of Four Meets In Triangular
Nov. 22, 2003
Chicago, Ill.- The UIC men's and women's swimming and diving teams went back to work on Saturday, notching three victories out of four meets in a triangular event with Western Illinois and Saint Louis on Saturday at the UIC Natatorium.
Using a double dual meet scoring format, the Flames' men (6-1) went undefeated on the day, going 2-0 by beating the Billikens, 144-96, and pounding the Leathernecks, 173-67. The UIC women (5-3) downed Western Illinois by a tally of 156-86 while getting edged out by Saint Louis, 127-115, to go 1-1 and just miss a perfect day for both Flames squads.
Junior Caitlin Carey and sophomore Aisha Williams keyed the women's strong day with outstanding performances. Using the methodical technique that has made her a two-time NCAA Zone C qualifier, Carey led the charge by sweeping the one-meter and three-meter boards. Williams was equally impressive on the swimming side, sprinting to a victory in the 100-yard freestyle (54.03) and taking second in the 50-yard freestyle behind fellow UIC swimmer Kelly Hyatt.
Freshman Jessica Darud chipped in with a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at a time of 2:09.40. UIC also received top-three times throughout the day from Laura Martensen, Christine Hare, and Vanessa Segovia.
Leading the way for the men were their spectacular core of young talent. Freshman Mike Horwitz won the one-meter and three-meter diving events for UIC, with teammate Mark Pappalardo finishing second both times. Sophomore LeRoy Stevens was instrumental in the two team wins with his victories in the 100-yard freestyle (46.96) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.70).
The men were near the top of every race. Freshman Blake Booher scored a win in the 50-yard freestyle by just edging out teammate Bill Hare, while Brian Kroes, Ari Bernstein, Enric Claret and Adan Jimenez combined to account for seven second-place finishes.
The Flames opened the meet with men's and women's victories in the 200-yard medley relays. UIC finished Saturday with three relay wins in four chances, just missing out on a fourth in the last men's event, the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Both UIC swimming and diving teams will return to competitive action on Friday, January 16th, 2004, when the women host Illinois State at the UIC Natatorium at 7:00 p.m., while the men travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats and Eastern Michigan at 2:00 p.m.