Women Sit in First Place; Men in Third after Day 1 of UC Tri-Meet
Weronika Wasiakowska

Jan. 18, 2013

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams concluded the first session of its tri-meet with Kenyon College and Oakland (Mich.) University on Friday at Keating Aquatics Center.

After 18 events, the Cincinnati women sit in first place with 271.50 points, which leads Oakland (261.50) and Kenyon (221) by a slim margin. The UC men currently are in third place with a point total of 214.50, which trails Oakland (328.50) and Kenyon (239).

Bearcats junior Weronika Wasiakowska recorded Cincinnati’s initial first-place finish when she won the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 51.62 seconds.

Freshman Iuliia Fedoreeva earned UC’s second first-place showing after winning the 400-yard individual medley with a recorded time of 4:30.60. She added a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.18 seconds.

Fedoreeva’s classmate Jessica Piper saw her unbeaten streak in individual races at home this season come to an end in Event 9, the women’s 100-yard backstroke, after Piper finished in 57.61 seconds, which was 0.20 behind Oakland freshman Karin Tomeckova. Piper also produced a third-place mark of 4:32.13 in the 400 IM.

UC sophomore Helena Pikhartova earned 14 second-place points in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.79.

The women began the swim portion of the meet placing third in the 200-yard medley relay when senior Erin Frye, Pikhartova, senior Brittany Groene and Wasiakowska finished in 1:47.62.

The Cincinnati women capped the night finishing in second-place in the 200-yard freestyle relay after Wasiakowska, senior Alicia Berman, junior Sammie Wheeler and senior Bailey Laban produced a time of 1:36.88.

In the men’s division, sophomores Awse Ma’aya, Mike Craig and Brock Slavens, and junior Rob Walsh earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.01, which was 0.28 seconds behind Oakland.

Craig later produced second-place points in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 58.41 seconds.

Day 2 of the UC tri-meet picks up 9 a.m. Saturday with diving events, followed by 11 a.m. swimming events. BearcatsTV will carry live video coverage of the swim events.