Jan. 14, 2006
Ball State 177, UIC 64; Ball State 169, Illinois State 73
Chicago, Ill. - - The Ball State women's swimming and diving team (5-2; 3-1 MAC) started the 2006 portion of its schedule with a pair of victories Friday night over Illinois-Chicago (177-64) and Illinois State (169-73), while the men's team (1-3; 1-1 MAC) suffered a 139-104 setback to host Illinois-Chicago.
On the women's side, the Cardinals would take home top honors in 12 of the 13 events, only missing out in three-meter diving.
BSU started the double-dual meet with a first-place time of 1:48.80 in the 200 medley relay (Brittany Sayler, Lauren Harger, Erika Paul and Ashley VanOsdol). Meghan Patterson would follow with a time of 10:27.09 in the 1000 freestyle to take the top prize in the event.
Michelle Huang and Addison Del Rio would add a pair of individual top times in the contest, with Huang winning the in the 200 free (1:57.00) and 100 free (53.54) and Del Rio scoring victories in the 200 IM (2:09.52) and 100 breast (1:06.39).
VanOsdol would add an individual title in the 50 free (24.37), before combining with Abby Arnold, Sayler and Huang to finish the meet with a first-place effort in the 200 free relay (1:38.51).
Also scoring individual top times for the Cardinals were Stephanie Paul in one-meter diving (244.90); E. Paul in the 100 fly (58.18); Sayler in the 100 back (59.08) and Brinkoetter in the 500 free (5:08.85).
Eastern Michigan 122, IUPUI 92
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.
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.
Ohio 154, Denison 85
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.
The Bobcat women took 11 of the 13 events of Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) and Jessica Orlov (Bexley, Ohio) each taking two events.
Orlov won both diving events, recording a personal-best of 241.20 in the 3-meter and a 220.05 in the 1-meter. Marion finished first in the 400 individual medley in a time of 4:31.29 and became the third Bobcat to win the 100 backstroke, finishing in 58.85.
Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, Ohio) made her first attempt at the 500 freestyle this year, winning the event with a time of 5:10.67. Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) set a personal-best in the 200 freestyle, taking the event in 1:55.98.
Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) took the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.67 while Lindsey Connor (Venetia, Pa.) too the other sprint, finishing the 100 freestyle with a personal-best time of 54.49.
Freshman Ali Howell (State College, Pa.) and Sarah Vaughn (Athens, Ohio) took the other two individual first place finishes for Ohio. Howell took the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:37.70 while Vaughn won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.28.
The group of Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.), Vaughn, DeStefano and Marion won the meet-opening 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.94, the best Bobcat time in the event this season.
The men improve to 1-2 overall with the win while the women move to 4-1-1.
The Bobcats will be back in action tomorrow when compete against Big Ten foe Ohio State in Columbus. The dual meet is slated to begin at noon.
Miami defeats three teams in home quadrangular
OXFORD, Ohio - In its first meet of 2006, the Miami University women's swimming and diving team (6-1, 4-0 MAC) showed no signs of rust after a six-week break from competition as the RedHawks beat a pair of Big East schools and finished first in its quadrangular home meet.
On Friday afternoon at the Nixon Aquatic Center, Miami placed first with 189 points and bested two Big East foes, the second-place Louisville Cardinals (167 points) and the third-place Cincinnati Bearcats (101). The Kenyon Ladies, a Division III powerhouse, finished fourth with 79 points.
The RedHawks posted wins in six events as junior swimmer Margaret Patrick (Marietta, Ga.) and senior diver Christin Eberst (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each tallied a pair of wins. Patrick upped her individual win total to eight with her sweep of the freestyle sprint events, while Eberst's pair of wins on the boards gave her a team-leading 12 first-place finishes on the season.
Miami's "A" relay team started the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay, clocking in at 3:54.37, and freshman Jenn Flaherty (Scarborough, Maine) followed with Miami's first win of the meet in the 1,000 free. Flaherty finished nearly four seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer, touching the wall in 10:20.76, and the individual win was her eighth of the season and fifth in the 1,000 free.
After senior Katie Forster (Centerville, Ohio) and junior Maggi Bulla (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 free, Patrick was the top finisher in the 50 free with a first-place time of 23.75. Miami then placed a pair of swimmers among the top three of the 200 IM as senior Katie Unger (Hartland, Wis.) and freshman Malarie Schmidt (Batavia, Ill.) finished second and third, respectively.
The RedHawks won two of the next three events as Eberst and Patrick each posted their second wins of the afternoon. Eberst was the top finisher in the one-meter dive with a season-best score of 305.8, while Patrick was the first-place swimmer in the 100 free in 52.26. Patrick's time was a season-best and a new Miami unshaved record in the event.
After a third-place showing by Bulla in the 200 back and a second-place finish by Forster in the 500 free, Miami closed the meet with wins in both the three-meter dive and 400 freestyle relay. Eberst led a trio of RedHawk divers who placed in the top three spots on the three-meter board, and Miami's "A" relay team posted a first-place time of 3:32.85 in the 400 free relay.
Miami resumes Mid-American Conference dual meet action next weekend when it travels to face the Toledo Rockets on Jan. 21. Against the Rockets, the RedHawks will be looking to extend their streak of 36 consecutive conference dual meet wins which dates back almost five years.