Swimming & Diving Concludes Action at TYR Invitational

Junior Whitney Johnson
Junior Whitney Johnson

Nov. 24, 2013

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EVANSTON, Ill. - The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams produced a collection of season-best times and scores as they wrapped competition at the TYR Invitational on Sunday at the Norris Aquatics Center. The three-day event hosted by Northwestern concluded with the men’s squad (2-5, 1-2 HL) taking fourth place with 370.50 points and the women’s team (2-5, 1-2 HL) placing fifth (385 points).

In addition to the Wildcats, student-athletes from Missouri State, Michigan State, North Dakota, Kenyon and Truman State, with the women also taking on Bowling Green were represented over the weekend.

"The coaching staff is extremely proud of how the team competed this weekend against very tough competition. We went into the weekend with significant and specific goals and came away with, for the most part, what we intended to accomplish,” said head coach Paul Moniak. “We came very close to setting a few school records and Whitney Johnson continued her success this season by winning both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events. We also recognized several areas in which to improve if we are going be a significant threat at the Horizon League Championships."

At the conclusion of day one, women’s diver Whitney Johnson achieved yet another win on the three-meter board with a score of 277.00 in the finals. Senior Kristi Carling had a season-best score of 204.90 (previously 202.75) on the three-meter board. Carling also had a season best score on the one-meter board with a 223.15 tally. (previously 221.60).

The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Monica Pinkus, Katherine Hare, Danel Voorhees and Kelsey Millin, took fifth on day one with a final time of 1:35.70.

Pinkus also took fourth place in the 50-yard breaststroke with a final time of 29.57. Pinkus, joined by Voorhees, Millin and Anne Jacobsen touched fifth in the 400 medley relay with a final time of 3:49.84.

Rounding out day two, Johnson stunned yet again on the one-meter board, receiving a final score of 279.75, a NCAA qualifying standard.

“Whitney Johnson won both the one and three meter events this weekend,” said head diving coach Susan Bromberg.  “She was a top qualifier on both boards in the preliminary rounds and once again had 2 NCAA Zone scores. This is Whitney’s fourth meet in a row where she has won both diving events, and she has achieved NCAA Zone scores at every meet this season.

On the second day of swimming, the 200 medley relay team of Jacobsen, Voorhees, Pinkus and Millin teamed up again to take fourth place with a time of 1:45.30. Voorhees and Melanie Waszak touch second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly. Voorhees’ final time was 55.89, while Waszak finished in 56.03.

Pinkus closed out day two with a third-place finish in the 100 breast coming in with a time of 1:02.92.

On the final day of the invitational, Voorhees missed first place by .01 in the 50 fly with a time of 25.30, Jacobsen touched eighth in the 50 back (27.53) and Waszak came in fourth with a time of 2:02.71 in the 200 fly. Pinkus, Hare, Waszak and Millin finished fourth in the 400 free with a final time of 3:27.55.

The men’s side closed out day one with freshmen diver Jeremy Rohrman achieving a personal best score on the 1-meter board (236.40, previously 234.50).

The quartet of Mike Reed, Vince Errichiello, Nick Kowaleski, and Sebastian Ostrowski touched sixth in the 200 free relay with a final time of 1:23.22 to round out the first day.

The Flames headed into day two with three more divers achieving season best scores. Sophomore Mark Cieslielski beat his previous score of 259.13 by receiving a score of 282.15, freshmen Tyler Pastore’s previous score of 244.80 was beaten when he score 271.10, and Nick Brandt scored 175.40 replacing his old personal best of 171.30.

Sophomore Christian Grobe placed sixth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:02.30, Kei Ishimaru touch seventh in the 100 fly clocking in at 49.69, beating his season best time of 50.58.

Ishimaru and V. Errichiello teamed up with Ryota Kuwahara and Rudolfo Zuniga for an eighth place finish in the 800 free relay (7:00.00) and completing day two of the invite.

Closing out the three-day meet, Ishimaru began Sunday’s round by taking eighth in the 50 fly with a time of 22.86. Kuwahara touched eighth in the 1650 free with a final of 16:08.32. Grobe finished his weekend taking seventh in the 200 breast clocking in at 2:02.98.

Ishimaru sped through the 200 fly beating his season best time of 1:52.01 by clocking in at 1:49.26 and taking third place.

The foursome of Reed, V. Errichiello, Kowaleski, and Ostrowski joined forces again to take fourth in the 400 free relay clocking in at 3:04.17.

The UIC swimming and diving teams take a three-week break before heading back to the Flames Natatorium to take on Western Illinois and Olivet Nazarene at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.