Swimmer defends title at league championships

Brie Hines, right, hugs MKE's Natalie Johnson after winning women's 1650 freestyle during the Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championship at Oakland University on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in Rochester, Mich. --Photo by Duane Burleson--

Brie Hines hugs Milwaukee’s Natalie Johnson after winning women’s 1650 freestyle during the Horizon League Championship. Photo: Duane Burleson

By Chris Hopkins

Sophomore Brianna Hines defended her title in the 1650 free (16:34.75) Saturday during the Horizon League Championship, hosted by Oakland.

Hines broke her own UIC record, as well as the league and league championship records.

The men’s team concluded the tournament with a fourth-place finish (399) and the women came in fifth (400).

In the 200 back, senior Jocelyn Langballe notched a personal record and placed fifth with a time of 2:02.69.

Senior Veronica Gibson and sophomore Sophia Shalabi each set personal records, as well. Gibson touched the wall in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.20 for sixth place. Shalabi finished seventh in the 200 breast with a time of 2:19.24.

Sophomore Rachel Criscione posted a mark of 258.15 for ninth place in the 3-meter dive.

In the men’s 1650 free, sophomore Tanner Alms placed third with a personal best time of 15:47.44.

Senior Kei Ishimaru, clocked in with a time of 1:49.20 in the 200 fly for fourth place.

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