Jan. 20, 2004
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Swimmers of the Week
Kait Martin, Ball State, Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Martin helped Ball State to a win over MAC foe Toledo by winning the 100 and 200 yard backstroke in 59.63 and 2:09.23, respectively. The senior was also a member of the 200 yard medley relay team that took first place with a time of 1:50.38.
Robert Krichbaum, Ohio, Sr., Delaware, Ohio
The senior two-time MAC Diver of the Year recorded a pair of victories in two tries versus Denison University and qualified for the NCAA Pre-Qualifying Championships. Krichbaum recorded career-best scores with a 324.23 on the three-meter board and 319.28 on the one-meter board. Both scores met the NCAA Pre-Qualifying Championships standard.
Brenda Norris, Akron, Jr., Tallmadge, Ohio
Norris took four first place and two second-place finishes as Akron split a pair of weekend dual meets. She was a two-event winner against Ohio State, sweeping the sprint freestyle events. Norris won the 50 free in 24.92 and took the 100 free in 54.18. She was also part of the second-place 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. In UA's defeat of Youngstown State, 169.5-121.5, Norris was a two-event winner, taking the 200 free (1:58.43) and 500 free (5:25.20).
Abby Delia, Buffalo, Sr., Oswego, N.Y.
Delia won two individual events and swam the opening leg of the winning 400 medley relay in UB's 129-68 win over Niagara. She won the 50 freestyle in 24.92 and the 200 backstroke in 2:06.70. The senior swam the backstroke portion of the relay to open the meet. The foursome completed the distance in 4:04.41.
Nancy Arnold, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Arnold won both the 1000 and 500 free and was on the third place 400 free relay team in the EMU-Oakland meet on Friday. She posted a time of 10:29.07 in the 1000 and a time of 5:08.33 in the 500.
Katie Forster, Miami, So., Centerville, Ohio
Forster combined with a RedHawk teammate to take the top two positions in a pair of events on Friday night, as Miami swept Kenyon (204-90) and Cincinnati (182-112) in a home triangular. In the 200 free, Forster topped the field, just ahead of freshman Ashley Seymour, posting a time of 1:54.09. In the 500 free, the sophomore hit the wall in 5:00.22 to take top honors.
Shannon Kelly, Ohio, Sr., Vandergrift, Pa.
Kelly displayed her versatility by placing in three different events versus Denison University. The senior anchored the victorious 400 medley relay in 51.78 (top freestyle split in the MAC for the weekend), swam a 200 IM time of 2:07.29 while stroking to a six-second victory and finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a career and team-best 2:27.34. Kelly's 200 IM time was also the top MAC performance of the weekend in that event.
Iiris Hilvo, Toledo, Jr., Heinola, Finland
Hilvo won both the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.94) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.22) against Ball State on Saturday.
Ryan Bowman, Ball State, Jr., Muncie, Ind.
Bowman helped Ball State to two victories over the weekend. The junior won the 200 yard free with a time of 1:46.33 against Valparaiso. He was also a member of the winning 200 yard freestyle relay team (1:30.80) versus Valpo. Against Buffalo, Bowman won the 200 yard free with a time of 1:45.24 and helped the 400 yard free relay team to a first-place clocking of 3:12.88.
Patrick Lee, Buffalo, So., North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Lee won the one-meter diving competition in both of the Bulls' meets last week. The sophomore scored a season-best 274.95 points in UB's win over Niagara and then improved on that mark with a 302.17 showing against Ball State. Lee also had the top score in the three-meter event against the Purple Eagles as an exhibition entrant. He finished third in the three-meter event at Ball State.
Jason Piercey, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Dayton, Ohio
Piercey won both the 200 and 500 freestyle events and finished third in the 1000 free against Oakland. He also finished third in both the 1000 free and the 400 free relay at Northwestern this weekend. Piercey posted a time of 9:58.26 in the 1000 free as EMU finished 1-2-3 in the first individual event of the meet against Oakland and his time of 1:41.60 in the 200 free was just off the mark for the freshman record in that event (1:39.77 by Eric Smith in 1994). His time in the 500 free was 4:42.16. Against NU, he posted a time of 9:32.51 in the 1000 free.
Griffin Marshall, Miami, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Marshall won three events over the weekend to help the RedHawks to a 2-1 record. On Friday, he took both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events as Miami swept Cincinnati (164-125) and Kenyon (187-101). Less than 24 hours later, he won the 100 breaststroke against a strong Ohio State team in Columbus.