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    Feb. 2, 2012

    CHICAGO – The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams head to Ohio this weekend, where they close out the regular-season in a pair of dual meets with conference-foes Youngstown State and Cleveland State.  The women’s squad takes on the Penguins on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (CT) at the Beeghly Natatorium in Youngstown, while both teams go head-to-head with the Vikings on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium in Cleveland.

    With a week away from competition, the Flames head into the weekend following match-ups with Valparaiso and Illinois State at the Flames Natatorium on Jan. 20.  Both squads came away with victories against the Crusaders (M 136-71, W 194-38), while the women fell just short to the Redbirds 123-119.

    The men’s squad (7-2, 3-1 Horizon League) dominated in first-place finishes, while also notching top times from Luke Martinez, Brian Sivak and Will Ikeda in their respective events.

    Martinez set the pace in the 400 IM, finishing with 4:07.63, Sivak came out of the 100 back with a final of 52.29 and Ikeda held a time of 56.93 in the 100 breast.

    In tight races throughout the day, the women’s team (6-4-1, 2-1-1 Horizon League) was able to pull away with top times from Marissa Yontz (50 free – 24.48), Kelsey Millin (100 free – 53.78), Clair Martin (100 back – 58.83) and Andrea Longlade (100 breast – 1:06.79), while Melanie Waszak and Gisun Pak marked a pair of season-best times.

    Waszak placed second in the 1000 free, but posted a top times on the season with 10:38.18.  Pak swam in the 400 IM and also came in second, while setting a season best with 4:39.12.

    In facing Youngstown State over the past six seasons, the women hold a record of 6-0 over the Penguins.  At last season’s meet, the Flames came out on top with a 164-131 final, while also winning 12-of-16 events.

    It has been a tough battle in competing against Cleveland State in the past 10 regular-season match-ups, with the Vikings topping the Flames in the last two.  The men’s squad’s lone win came during the 2008-09 season, when they defeated Cleveland State 132-102.  On the women’s side, they are nearly split by an overall of 4-6, with their last win of 152-81 coming during the 2008-09 season as well.