Jan. 22, 2006
Eastern Michigan coasts to 148-83 win over visiting Ball State
YPSILANTI, Mich.-- The Eastern Michigan University men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Ball State Saturday, Jan. 21, in Jones Natatorium. The men defeated the Cardinals 148-83, while the women were victorious 140-103.
The EMU men's team improves to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference action. The victory marked 41st consecutive MAC victory for EMU. The Cardinals fall to 1-3 and 1-2 in conference meets. The win also marked the 14th straight win over Ball State and boosts the all-time series to a 30-4 Eagle edge.
EMU used a slew of balance to defeat Ball State as eight different Eagles won individual events. Kevin Joyce (50 and 100-yard freestyle events) was the only dual winner, while Steven Hill (1650 free), Jason Piercey (200 free), Dan Wohl (400 IM), Josh Olsen (3-meter diving), Ryan Fulkerson (200 butterfly), Donald Ellison (200 backstroke) and Steven Bowling (500 free) all emerged victorious.
For the second night in a row, the women were able to defeat a visiting MAC school. Despite losing the first two events, the women were able to rebound to take seven of the next 11 events. Madeleine Pilchard was again the catalyst for the Eagles as she won the 50 and 500-yard freestyle races and was a leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. Last night, Pilchard won the 50, 500 and 1000-yard freestyle events in a 182-109 EMU victory over Akron.
Maria Canarecci swept the diving events with a 315.37 3-meter event score and a 288.07 score on the 1-meter board. Also winning events for Eastern were Hannah Burandt (200 free), Catherine Lee Ha (100 free) and Chantelle Lonsdale (200 breaststroke).
The win improves the women's team to 8-1 on the year with a 5-1 MAC mark while Ball State drops to 5-3, with a 3-2 conference record. The win evened the all-time series to 19-19-1.
The EMU men's squad is in action again Friday, Jan. 21, when it travels to Oxford, Ohio to face MAC rival Miami. The meet is slated to begin at 4 p.m. The final regular season meet for the women's team will be Saturday, Feb. 4, with a MAC meet versus Buffalo at Jones Natatorium at 1 p.m.
Ohio collects 125-74 win over Buffalo
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio swimming and diving team made a successful return to Mid-American Conference action with a sweep of Buffalo. The men won 125-74 while the women defeated the Bulls 133-101.
Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) controlled the sprint events, winning both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Jupp took the 50 free with a time of 21.61 and the 100 free with a clocking of 47.56.
Charlie Sparks (Cincinnati, Ohio) turned in two strong efforts with a first-place tally in the 500-yard freestyle and a second-place mark in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Sparks won the 500 free in a time of 4:46.20 and posted a personal-best time of 9:42.85 in taking second in the 1,000 free.
Luke Herlehy (Batavia, Ill.), Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) and Jim Bayne (San Antonio, Texas) also recorded first-place times for the Bobcat men. Herlehy won the 200-yard butterfly in his first attempt in the event this year, clocking a time of 1:58.11. Reutter continued to perform strongly in the breaststroke events, winning the 200 with a personal-best time of 2:10.80. Bayne took the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:45.66.
The lineup of Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Reutter, Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio) and Jupp won the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:34.17.
The Ohio women won nine of the 13 events en route to the victory. The Bobcats used a balanced attack led by the diving of Jessica Orlov (Bexley, Ohio). Orlov won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events, scoring a 234.00 in the 1-meter and a personal-best 260.70 in the 3-meter.
Six swimmers combined to take the six other individual first-place performances. Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) landed the opening first-place finish following a personal-best mark of 17:25.90 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Emily Wylam (Yorktown, Va.) swam a personal-best time of 4:39.47 to take the 400-yard individual medley.
Ashley Marion (London, Ontario) won the 50-yard freestyle with a clocking of 24.60 with Lindsey DeStefano (Wildwood, Mo.) taking the other sprint event with a time of 54.75 in the 100-yard freestyle. Ilse Petersen (Johannesburg, South Africa) won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:08.29 while Sigal Simsolo (Kibbutz Yakum, Israel) took the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:05.11.
The lineup of Wylam, Karen Liddy (Piqua, Ohio), DeStefano and Petersen won the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:50.13.
The Bobcat men improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MAC with the win while the women move to 6-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in MAC action.
Ohio will be back in the pool Tuesday when it hosts former MAC foe Marshall. The dual meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.