Jan. 4, 2012
BOCA RATON, Fla. - During its annual December training session in the Sunshine state, the University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams both placed third at the Florida Atlantic University Invitational on Dec. 17 at FAU Aquatic Center.
UC fell to University of Denver by a combined score of 342-218, and lost to Florida Atlantic 305-256. The UC men were defeated by Denver 178-99 and FAU 139-132, while the Cincinnati women lost to Denver 164-119 and FAU 139-132.
Weronika Wasiakowska (Przykop, Poland/School of Sports Championship) had the most impressive outing for the Bearcats after the sophomore placed first in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyles with marks of 24.39 and 52.51 seconds, respectively.
The UC women dominated the 100-yard breaststroke after placing three Bearcats in the top four. Freshman Helena Pikhartova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Jana Nerudy) finished first with a time of 1:04.61, sophomore Victoria Jacumski (Clarence Center, N.Y./Clarence) finished second with a time of 1:06.71 and senior Josefin Wede (Landskrona, Sweden/Gripenskolan/Auburn) placed fourth after recording a time of 1:07.27.
Jacumski and Pikhartova placed second and third in the 200-yard breaststroke with marks of 2:20.31 and 2:22.52, respectively. Jacumski also added a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a mark of 2:10.51.
The UC women's 200-yard medley relay `A' team started the meet with second-place points after recording a time of 1 minute, 47.91 seconds, just .41 seconds behind first place Denver.
Sophomore Katie Nemann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) recorded Cincinnati's first individual top-three finish of the day after placing third in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a mark of 10:50.07.
Senior Liz Hansson (Lund, Sweden/School of St. Petri) was less than one second from finishing first in the 100-yard backstroke after placing second with a time of 59.35 seconds. Hansson later placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke after finishing in 2:06.24.
The Cincy women ended the meet with a strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay after its `A' team won the race with a time of 1:35.81 and its `B' team placed third with a mark of 1:43.85.
In the men's division, the Bearcats were led by sophomore Joe Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) and senior Haywood Miller (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Maryland), who both recorded three top-three individual finishes.
Scherpenberg placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (55.12), the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.88) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.40).
Miller finished third in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes, with marks of 59.53 and 2:07.60, and second in the 200-yard IM after recording a time of 1:59.79. Junior Matt Hargrove (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) was right behind Miller in the 200 IM, placing third with a mark of 2:04.08.
Junior Roberto Nevarez (Chihuahua, Mexico/ITESM Chihuahua) earned a pair of top-three finishes after placing second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.93, just .81 seconds out of first, and third in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:57.04.
Four Bearcats - sophomores Rob Walsh (Fort Wright, Ky./Covington Catholic) and Adam Monk (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), and freshmen Michael Kaplan (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) and Kyle Smith (Lake View, N.Y./Canisius) - followed Nevarez in the 100-yard butterfly by placing third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
In the final event of the meet, the UC men capped of the day with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay when its `A' team recorded a mark of 1:28.75.
Cincinnati returns to action on Jan. 13 when it travels to Oxford, Ohio to face Miami University before hosting University of Louisville and Eastern Michigan University on Jan. 14 at Keating Aquatic Center.