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    Jan. 24, 2014

    CHICAGO- The UIC men’s and women’s diving teams get set to host the UIC Diving Invitational on Saturday with competition beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Flames Natatorium. The women will start on the three meter and the men on the one meter, before the squads change boards and resume at 1:30 p.m.

    “The UIC divers are looking forward to some good competition this weekend from the teams that will be at our invitational,” stated diving coach Susan Bromberg. “The teams that will be at the meet have some very good divers.  From the field of divers who are entered in the meet, there are seven divers who qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships and two divers who qualified for the NCAA D3 National Championships in 2013.”

    The Flames welcome competitors from UW-Milwaukee, Illinois State, Western Illinois, Lake Forest College, Augustana College and Wheaton College.

    Diving for the men’s team is Mark Ciesielski, Connor Howard, Tyler Pastore and Jeremy Rohrman. Ciesielski received the accolade of Horizon League Diver of the Week, for the period of Jan. 4-11, with his performance against Green Bay. Ciesielski is also coming off of a strong performance against Valparaiso on Saturday, Jan. 18. He scored a 309.23 on the three-meter board for a first place finish. His score of 298.50 on the one meter just missed first.

    On the women’s side, divers include Kristi Carling and Whitney Johnson. Johnson is a two-time Horizon League Diver of the Week this season for her performance at the TYR Invitational and against Green Bay. Last week, Johnson scored a 285.75 on the one-meter board, bettering the NCAA Zone mark, and 273.30 on the three meter for first place finishes against Valparaiso.