Swimming & Diving Heads To Conference Championships

Melanie Waszak
Melanie Waszak

Feb. 21, 2012

CHICAGO – The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams travel to Brown Deer, Wis., to compete in the 2012 Horizon League Championships hosted by Milwaukee.  Competition is set to begin Wednesday and last through Saturday at the Schroeder Aquatic Center.

The men’s squad had a productive season in the pool, as they tallied a 7-3 record, 3-2 in the Horizon League.  Among conference competitors, seniors Daniel Corley, Zach Van Swol, Will Ikeda and Luke Martinez and juniors Gabe Cury and Brian Sivak placed sixth or higher in 13-of-14 individual events.  Van Swol is the only swimmer from UIC to hold the best time in the League with 9:33.80 in the 1000 free.

The Flames head into competition following last year’s events where they finished runner-up to Milwaukee.  The squad was still able to claim 11 individual championships and set meet records in the 400 medley relay with 3:14.68 and the 800 free relay with 6:37.12.  The lone returning individual champion for UIC is Martinez, who captured the 400 IM in 3:55.22.

Garnering a 7-5-1 record and 3-2-1 in the Horizon League, the women’s squad put up strong performances this season to lead the Flames into this week’s championships.  Senior Clair Martin, sophomores Melanie Waszak and Monica Pinkus and freshmen Marissa Yontz and Andrea Longlade all led UIC in top-ten times throughout the League this season.  Waszak holds place in four events and is second in the conference in the 1000 free with 10:27.97.

After facing Green Bay earlier in the season and coming out in a tie, 121-121, UIC looks to make a strong effort in breaking the Phoenix’s championship winning streak of seven.  While the squad came up short in last year’s championships, Waszak was able to claim the 200 fly title with 2:01.78.

Daily content can be found on the Horizon League’s website (, with final heats available on the Horizon League Network.