Jan. 14, 2006
Eastern Michigan 144, IUPUI 93
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The EMU men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated IUPUI Friday night here at Jones Natatorium, Jan. 13. The men's team defeated the Jaguars by a score of 144-93 while the women won 122-92.
The men's team (3-1) used a fast start to race past IUPUI, as the Eagles won the first nine events en route to the victory. Eight different Eagles won individual events. Alex Schulz (1000 free), Steven Bowling (200 free), Ethan Crabtree (50 free), Josh Olsen (1 meter diving), Jason Piercey (100 free), Mark Kurtzer (100 backstroke), and brothers Adam (200 IM) and Dan Wohl (100 butterfly) all captured first-place finishes.
For the women (5-1), Claire Letendre posted wins in the 200 and 500-free events while Emily Mekesa (1000 free), Jennifer Miller (50 free), Becky Renkola (1-meter diving), Katie Benedict (100 free) and Alissa Ricard (100 back) each had victories.
The Eagles return to the pool tomorrow afternoon when they host Oakland University at 3 p.m. The start time was changed from 1 p.m. to allow members of the squads to attend a mass for EMU assistant coach Eric Namesnik, who passed away this past Wednesday, Jan. 11. The mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Miami wins home quadrangular
OXFORD, Ohio - Led by a pair of individual wins from junior Paul Ricard (Bowling Green, Ohio), the well-rested Miami University men's swimming and diving team (3-1, 2-0 MAC) defeated a pair of Big East foes and finished as the top team in its first meet of 2006.
In a quadrangular meet at the Nixon Aquatic Center, the RedHawks showed no signs of rust after a six-week break from competition as they edged out a Big East foe, the Cincinnati Bearcats, 159-139, for the top spot. Behind Miami and Cincinnati, the Division III powerhouse Kenyon Lords (116 points) and the Louisville Cardinals (109) points, another Big East squad, rounded out the four-team field.
Ricard paced the RedHawks' victory as he swept the distance freestyle events, winning both the 500 and 1000 free. Miami also received individual wins from freshman Chris Heaton (Centerville, Ohio) and senior Zach Niehaus (Taylor Mill, Ky.) in the one- and three-meter dives, respectively.
Miami's "A" relay squad started the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay, finishing in a season-best 3:29.60. Ricard followed with Miami's first win of the meet in the 1000 free, toucing the wall in 9:30.70. Ricard defeated the second-place swimmer by almost 17 seconds as he notched his team-leading eighth win of the season. Freshman Jason Bank (Farmington Hills, Mich.) also finished fourth in the event with a season-best time of 9:56.54.
In the 200 free, junior Jamie Morris (Louisville, Ky.) was the top Miami finisher in third place. The RedHawks then edged ahead the Lords, 53-49, with their performance in the 50 free as sophomore Theo Kuczek (Deerfield, Ill.) and junior Justin Marcy (Daytona Beach, Fla.) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
After failing to place a swimmer in the top five in the 200 IM, Miami rebounded as Niehaus and Heaton finished one-two on the three-meter board. Niehaus, who posted his fourth individual win of the season, notched a season-best score of 327.30 as he finished first.
Senior Scott Robson (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and sophomore Ryan McHugh (Sylvania, Ohio) followed Miami's diving win with a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 fly and 100 free, respectively.
After senior Andrew O'Neill's (Rockaway, N.J.) fourth-place finish in the 200 back, the RedHawks closed the meet with victories in two of the final three events. Ricard's second win of the night came in the 500 free as he posted a time of 4:36.94, and Heaton followed with his second victory of the year in the one-meter dive. With a first-place score of 291.93, Heaton posted his first diving victory since winning the three-meter dive at Buffalo (Oct. 29).
Miami closed out its win with a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Despite finishing third in the event, the RedHawks touched the wall in a season-best time of 3:12.31.
Miami resumes dual meet action when it travels to Wright State on Jan. 20. The meet with the Raiders is the RedHawks final non-conference dual meet of the year before closing the season with a pair of Mid-American Conference dual meets against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (Jan. 27) and Ohio Bobcats (Jan. 28).
Illinois-Chicago 139, Ball State 104
On the men's side, Ball State took home first place in seven of the 13 events. Kyle Hembree brought home BSU's first top prize in the second event, the 1000 free (9:51.60). He would also win the 500 free (4:45.99) later in the meet.
Kurtis Leer would follow with his first of two top times in the meet, finishing the 200 free in a time of 1:42.93. He would also win the 100 free (46.56).
Adam Konopka would also score a pair of first-place efforts vs. Illinois-Chicago, winning the 200 IM (1:57.92) and the 100 back (54.05).
Zach Whitaker would win the one-meter diving event with a score of 284:60, while placing second in the three-meter event (260.85).
Both the men's and women's squad will return to action Saturday, Jan. 21 when the head to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 1 p.m.
Ohio 129.5, Denison 109.5
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving teams returned from a long layoff with two convincing wins over Denison. The men won 129.5-109.5 while the women took a 154-85 decision.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) paced a balanced men's showing. Jupp continued his strong performances in the sprints, taking the 50 freestyle in 21.54 and the 100 freestyle in 47.54.
Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio), Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) and Jim Bayne (San Antonio, Texas) each set personal-bests in earning wins their respective events. Post won the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.44, D'Arrigo took the 100 backstroke in 53.43, Reutter won the 100 breast with a time of 59.48 and Bayne narrowly took the 200 free with a time of 1:45.56.
Thomas Ferrigno (West Chester, Pa.) took the other Bobcats first place finish with a time of 4:14.62 in the 400 individual medley.