Feb. 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams sit in fifth place in the men's division and seventh in the women's Wednesday evening after the opening round of the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championships at IUPUI Natatorium.
Through three events in each division, the Bearcats men own 58 team points while the UC women have totaled 54.
In the day's opening event, the women's 800-yard freestyle relay, freshman Iuliia Fedoreeva and Jessica Piper, junior Weronika Wasiakowska and senior Bailey Laban broke the school record by 3.5 seconds with a mark of 7:21.25, which was good for sixth place.
The UC women's 200-yard medley relay squad of senior Erin Frye, Helena Pikhartova, Fedoreeva and senior Alicia Berman swam the second fastest time in program history after clocking in at 1:41.77, which is just 0.10 seconds from the all-time record and produced a fifth-place finish.
During the 200 medley relay, Frye broke the school record in 50-yard backstroke after leading off the race with a time of 26.05 seconds. Fedoreeva produced the fifth fasted time in school accord in the 50 butterfly during the 200 medley relay with a time of 25.52 seconds.
The Cincinnati men's 4x200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Roberto Nevarez, junior Joe Scherpenberg, freshman Tommy Easley and sophomore Mike Kaplan placed fourth overall in the conference after swimming the second fastest time in Bearcats history with a recorded time of 6:37.86, which was just 0.81 seconds from the school record.
Scherpenberg's 200-yard freestyle mark of 1:38.44 during the 800 free is the eighth fastest in UC history.
UC's men's 200-yard medley relay squad of sophomores Awse Ma'aya, Michael Craig and Brock Slavens, and junior Robert Walsh ended the first day with a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:32.68.
Day 2 of the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships begin 10 a.m. Thursday with preliminary and consolation rounds for the women's 3-meter dive. Additionally, the prelims for the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free and 200 free relay will take place in the morning session with the finals set for 6 p.m.