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    Feb. 1, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams prepare for their final meet of the regular season, when they host Cleveland State at the Flames Natatorium on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT).  Prior to the meet, the Flames will honor their seniors, Mike Greco and Emily Gniatczyk.

    “The competition against Cleveland State marks the end of our dual meet season and they will be a formidable opponent,” head coach Paul Moniak said.  “Our goal is to send our seniors, Mike Greco and Emily Gniatczyk, off with a victory.  Both Mike and Emily have been consistently strong in their performances over the last four years.”

    UIC is coming off of a weekend where the men’s team improved to 6-3, 3-1 HL, with a 119-86 win over Valparaiso and the women went to 7-2, 4-1 HL, after taking a 187.5-112.5 win against Youngstown State and a 126-76 victory versus the Crusaders.  The Flames also hosted the UIC Diving Invitational at the Flames Natatorium.

    Through competition at Valparaiso, the men’s team captured best times in eight events.  Rodolfo Zuniga (1650 free), Sean Mayfield (50 free), Kei Ishimaru (200 IM), Joel Demuth (100 free), Sebastian Ostrowski (100 back) and Christian Grobe (100 breast) each won their individual events, with the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams taking top times as well.

    The women’s team faced back-to-back days of competition with Youngstown State and Valparaiso.  Against the Penguins, the Flames took 12 events thanks to Veronica Gibson (1000 free), Gniatczyk (200 free), Jacobsen (100 back), Melanie Waszak (200 fly, 500 free), Monica Pinkus (50 free), Whitney Johnson (1 mtr), Katherine Hare (100 free), Danel Voorhees (100 fly) and Kelsey Millin (200 IM), as well as the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams.

    In going up against the Crusaders, the women’s squad had the best times in all events.  In addition to the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams, Gibson (1650 free), Hare (200 free), Pinkus (50 free), Millin (200 IM), Waszak (100 fly), Gniatczyk (100 free), Voorhees (100 back), Jacobsen (500 free) and Alisa Penkala (100 breast) took top times on the day.

    At the UIC Diving Invitational, Greco and Johnson took top honors for the Flames.  Greco set a career high on the 1-mtr board with 326.00 and took first on the 3-mtr board with 359.65 to lead all competitors.  Johnson placed second in both events, producing a 287.85 on the 1-mtr and a 306.50 on the 3-mtr, both career highs.

    The Vikings men’s team comes into Saturday’s competition with a 12-3-1 record, while the women are 11-4.  In recent seasons, UIC has come up short when facing Cleveland State.  During last year’s meet, the men’s team fell 138-105 and the women dropped a 145-98 decision.