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    Dec. 14, 2012

    CHICAGO – The UIC men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams return to the pool on Saturday as they head to Macomb, Ill., to take on Western Illinois at 2 p.m. (CT) at the Brophy Pool Hall. 

    “After a four week layoff from competition, we are looking forward to racing again,” head coach Paul Moniak said. “We can simulate racing situations in daily workouts, but it is not the same.” 

    The Flames last competed Nov. 16-18 at the TYR Invitational hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The men’s squad took third place with 632 points and the women’s squad came in fifth with 351 points. 

    Nine individual top times on the season were produced by the men’s squad (3-3, 1-1 HL) during the three-day tournament, while Mike Greco took first in the one-meter (288.95) and three-meter (321.75) dives. 

    Mike Reed (50 free – 21.09), Joel Demuth (100 free – 46.90), Rodolfo Zuniga (500 free – 4:45.07, 1650 free – 16:14.58), Kei Ishimaru (100 fly – 51.44, 200 fly – 1:54.20), Sebastian Ostrowski (100 back – 51.55, 200 back – 1:56.10) and Christian Grobe (200 breast – 2:06.24) all lead with bests in their respective events. 

    Zuniga’s time in the 1650 free, Ostrowski’s in the 100 back and Grobe’s in the 100 breast (59.03) and 200 breast are placed as second-best times in the Horizon League. 

    Monica Pinkus led the women’s team (3-2, 1-1 HL) with a pair of first-place finishes, a second-place finish and a school record, while also contributing to the 12 individual top times recorded at the invite. 

    Pinkus set the school record in the 200 breast with her first-place 2:16.89, and took first in 50 breast (29.35) and second in the 100 breast (1:03.30). Emily Gniatczyk (50 free – 24.37, 100 free – 52.40), Melanie Waszak (200 free – 1:51.70, 500 free – 4:55.62, 200 fly – 2:01.02), Veronica Gibson (1650 free – 17:30.62, 400 IM – 4:37.66), Anne Jacobsen (100 back – 58.86, 200 back – 2:09.86) and Kelsey Millin (200 IM – 2:10.65) all came away with team bests on the season. 

    In the Horizon League, Waszak holds the best time in the 500 free and 200 fly and second-best in the 200 free, while Gibson’s time in the 1000 free and Pinkus’ in the 100 and 200 breast come in at second. 

    Going up against Western Illinois on Saturday, the men and women are both 9-1 over the past 10 seasons, with the men winning nine straight and the women’s lone loss coming during the 2006-07 season. In the pair of dual meets the Leathernecks have competed in this season, both squads fell to Saint Louis and Truman State to go 0-2.