`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Monica Pinkus
July 18, 2013
CHICAGO - Junior Monica Pinkus of the UIC women's swimming & diving team enjoyed a standout junior campaign, setting six school records en route to helping the Flames achieve a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Horizon League Championship. The Windy City native is Thursday's featured student-athlete in the "Forty Flames to Follow" in 2013-14 summer series.
Last season, Pinkus' impressive list of achievements includes individual school records in the following events: 50 freestyle (23.41 seconds on 2/28/13), 100 breaststroke (1:01.38 on 3/1/13) and 200 breaststroke (2:15.40 on 3/2/13).
Pinkus was also a member of the relay team that set the school standard in the 200 medley relay (1:42.16 on 2/27/13), 400 medley relay (3:41.63 on 2/28/13) and 400 freestyle relay (3:23.71 on 3/2/13). Her times in the respective 100 and 200 breaststroke were NCAA "B" standard times. She also achieved an NCAA qualifying time in the 100 breast in 2011-12.
"In my 12 years of coaching at UIC, Monica is among the top-two or three most talented athletes I've had the pleasure to work with," said head swimming coach Paul Moniak. "Her national ranking (51st - 100 breast) is the highest ranking a female swimmer has achieved. She is a vital part of this program and personifies our goals for the future."
Notably, Pinkus was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay that set the school record (1:33.33) during her sophomore season. UIC returns all four members of its 200 medley relay in the upcoming season, and three-fourths of the 200 and 400-medley relays.