Swimming teams split weekend competitions

Mike Reed

Mike Reed took first in the 50-yard freestyle. Photo: Steve Woltmann

The men’s and women’s swimming teams held strong against Eastern Illinois over the weekend with a men’s score of 138-65 and a women’s score of 139-65.

But both teams fell to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; the men were defeated 121-83 while the women fell short, 105-99.

“We set several pool records today, but came away with a split,” coach Paul Moniak said. “We will use that as a motivational tool for the remainder of the season.”

Junior Mike Reed took a first-place finish for the men’s team (1-3, 0-2 Horizon League), with a time of 20.97 in the 50-yard freestyle. Kei Ishimaru (50.77,100 butterfly), Ryoto Kuwahara (9:49.52, 1000 free), and Ramiro Almaraz (4:11.34, 400 IM) also had top times for the Flames.

UIC captured five second-place finishes: 200-medley relay of Sebastian Ostrowski, Brayden Amendola, Ishimaru and Vince Errichiello with a time of 1:36.56; the 400-free relay team of Reed, Ostrowski, Nicholas Kowaleski and Errichiello finished with a time of 3:09.05; and individual finishes by Errichiello (47.89, 100 free), Ostrowski (52.79, 100 back) and Kuwahara (4:46.81, 500 free).

The women’s squad (2-2, 1-1 Horizon League) captured five first-place finishes, including two from Monica Pinkus (24.33, 50 free and 1:04.46, 100 breaststroke). Melanie Waszak (1:56.80, 200 free), Veronica Gibson (4:36.48, 400 IM) and Danel Voorhees (58.18, 100 fly) put up top times as well.

Junior Anne Jacobsen landed a second-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 59.89. Gibson (5:13.55, 500 free) and Katherine Hare (54.73, 100 free) raced their way to second in their events. The teams of Jacobsen, Pinkus, Voorhees and Kelsey Millin (1:48.30, 200 medley relay) and Erin Sivak, Hare, Waszak and Millin (3:36.93, 400 free relay) won second-place honors.

Seven Flames set pool records at the meet: Kuwahara (1000 free), Reed (50 free), Almaraz (400 individual medley), Ishimaru (100 fly), Gibson (400 individual medley), Voorhees (100 fly) and Pinkus (100 breast).

The Flames return home to face Milwaukee at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Flames Natatorium.

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