Hansson Defends BIG EAST Crown, Pikhartova Sets UC Record in 100 Back

Sr. Liz Hansson
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Updated Feb. 19, 2012

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The University of Cincinnati women’s and men’s swimming teams each placed seventh in the BIG EAST Conference Swimming Championships after the meet concluded Saturday night at Trees Pool.

The UC women scored 254.5 team points. Louisville won the women’s division with a 758.5-point total. Cincinnati’s men placed seventh after scoring 146 team points. Notre Dame claimed the men’s crown with 887 points.

Senior Liz Hansson defended her crown in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday at Trees Pool, earning the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving team its 12th BIG EAST Conference individual championship in program history.

Pikhartova had a momentous path just to advance to the final of the 50 free. She tied Notre Dame senior Amy Prestinario for eighth place in the 50-yard free prelims with a time of 23.42, forcing a swim-off between the two to see who would advance to the final. Pikhartova responded by ripping off the fastest time of the preliminaries, a mark of 23.02 seconds, which placed her fifth all-time in UC history.

Saturday, Feb. 18 Update: Hansson and teammate Helena Pikhartova became the first Bearcats to finish first and second in the finals of a BIG EAST Conference individual swimming championship.

The win gave Hansson back-to-back gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle after the senior placed first in the 50 free at the 2011 BIG EAST Championships with a school-record time of 22.93 seconds.

Senior Liz Hansson placed fourth in the women’s 100-yard freestyle, recording a time of 50.33.

Freshman Helena Pikhartova improved her UC record in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke when she placed fifth with a mark of 2:13.73.Senior Josefin Wede placed 11th with a time of 2:15.87.

The Cincinnati women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hansson, Pikhartova, junior Bailey Laban and Wheeler placed sixth with a mark of 3:24.01 for the fourth fastest time in program history.

The UC men’s 400-yard freestyle relay squad also placed sixth after Roberto Nevarez, Robert Walsh, Bradley Langford and Scherpenberg finished in 3:02.34.

On Saturday, Erin Frye placed 10th overall in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a mark of
2:00.22, which is the third fastest time in UC history. Sophomore Amanda Hardewig placed 16th after finishing in 2:03.48.

In the men’s 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Joe Scherpenberg placed 12th with a mark of
1:50.05 – the fifth fastest time in program history.

Senior Haywood Miller finished 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of
2:04.81, his final race as a Bearcat.

Friday, Feb. 17 Update: The University of Cincinnati men's swimming team sits in sixth place after Friday, the third day of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships at Trees Pool with 114 points, while the UC women are in eighth with an 186-point total.

UC freshman Helena Pikhartova highlighted the day for the Bearcats when she placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke after setting a school record with a mark of 1 minute, 1.05. seconds. Sammie Wheeler placed 15th in the 100 breast 'B' finals after recording a personal best time of 1:03.59.

The women's 400-yard medley relay team of Erin Frye, Pikhartova, Brittany Groene and senior Liz Hansson placed fifth after breaking the UC record when it finished in 3.43.87. Frye's leadoff swim of 56.21 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke is now the third fastest time in UC women's history.

After defending her championship in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday, Hansson placed 13th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.54.

Frye swam a personal-best time of 56.40 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke, placing 14th.

In the men's 100-yard backstroke, Joe Scherpenberg placed 10th win an all-time top-10 UC mark of 50.27 seconds.

The UC men's 400-yard medley relay squaf of Scherpenberg, Michael Craig, Roberto Nevarez and Matt Hays placed eighth with a mark of 3:23.84.

Senior Haywood Miller gave UC six team points after placing 11th in the 400-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 3:59.66.

Nevarez placed 14th in the 100-yard butterfly after finishing in 49.68 seconds.

In Event 26, the 100-yard breaststroke, the UC duo of Craig and Miller placed 14th and 16th with marks of 56.96 and 57.10, respectively.

The final day of the BIG EAST Conference Swimming Championships begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trees Pool.

Thursday, Feb. 16 Update: Sophomore Sammie Wheeler placed eighth in the 200-yard individual medley after lowering her own UC school record with a mark of 2:02.18.

Cincinnati's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hansson, Weronika Wasiakowska, Pikhartova, and Wheeler earned bronze with an NCAA `B' cut time of 1:32.56.

In the men's division, Roberto Nevarez (21.13), Rob Walsh (21.24) and Michael Kaplan (21.49) each recorded personal best times in the 50-yard freestyle prelims.

Joe Scherpenberg recorded a personal best time in the 500-yard freestyle, as did Matt Hargrove in the  200-yard individual medley.

WEDNESAY, Feb. 15 Update: The opening night of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships saw the University of Cincinnati break a school record and record an all-time UC top 10 finish on Wednesday at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
The UC women's 800-meter freestyle relay team of Liz Hansson, Weronika Wasiakowska, Ola Kaminska and Bailey Laban started the night by setting a school record with a time of 7 minutes, 24.82 seconds, which was good for seventh place. The previous UC record was 7:25.35 set on Feb. 24, 1988.

The Cincinnati women's 200 medley relay team placed fifth after recording the second fastest time in school history with a mark of 1.41.99.

In the men's division, Cincinnati's 800-yard freestyle relay team placed seventh with a mark of 6:43.00.

The UC men concluded the night with an eighth-place showing in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.91.

After Day 1, the UC women sit in eighth place with 52 points and the Cincinnati men rank seventh with 46 points.




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