Bearcats Sweep Xavier to Open Swimming & Diving Season|
Oct. 18, 2013
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head swimming and diving coach Monty Hopkins knew his men's and women's squads would have improved depth entering the 2013-14 campaign. In the season opener against Xavier, he began to find out as both teams scored wins on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Keating Aquatics Center.
The men's team downed the Musketeers, 183-111, while the women's side won by a margin of 199-85. In total, Bearcats touched the wall first in 19 of the 32 events. For both genders, Hopkins not only got wins, but also saw UC finishers in second, third and fourth throughout the evening, helping make the difference in the meet.
Bearcats went one-two-three in the 100 yard backstroke, with Milli Puth winning the event, followed by Taylor Myszka and Katie Nemann. The 200 yard freestyle followed with another UC sweep, this time through the fourth position, as Keire won the first of four events on the day, followed by Hope Andrews, Aleksandra Kaminska and Weronika Wasiakowska.
The 100 yard backstroke saw Kendra Bierman get edged by just .52 seconds by Xavier's Carolyn Stewart. The Bearcats returned to the top three spots in the 100 yard backstroke, with Pikhartova and Victoria Jacumski both recording times of 1:06.01 to place first, followed by Sammie Wheeler in third.
Wasiakowski picked up the victory in the 50 yard freestyle, followed by Pikhartova. In the 100 free, it was Keire scoring her second victory, followed by Sally Thompson and Wasiakowska.
Hampton added to the freshmen class' stash of victories by taking the 200 yard backstroke, while Jacumski won the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.02. Andrews won the 500 free before Hampton got another win in the 100 fly. Jacumski won the final individual event of the night, taking the 200 IM, for her second first-place finish.
Keire, Wasiakowska, Thompson and Myszka combined to win the 400 yard freestyle relay, capping the Bearcat victory.
Counting relays, Keire won four events on the evening, while Hampton scored first-place points in three events.
Ma'aya was edged by .04 seconds in the 100 yard backstroke and placed second. The 100 breaststroke saw three freshmen go one-two-three, led by Trenton Harper. He was followed by Nik Balmer and Tyler Roehr, who all finished within four-tenths of a second.
The 200 fly, 50 free and 100 free were great example of Hopkins' new depth, as while Xavier won the races, Bearcats finished second, third and fourth to keep collecting points. In the 200 fly, Nathan Anderson was second, followed by Ferreri and Pasek. The 50 free saw Michael Palleros, Waite and Connor Davis finish in those spots, respectively. Waite, Kaplan and Scherpenberg were 2-3-4 in the 100 free.
The final two individual events again showcased the depth. The 100 fly saw Ma'aya place second, followed by Pasek, Walsh and Monk. The 200 IM saw Pasek, Roehr and Green in spots two through four.
While the Musketeers did not dive, the UC divers did compete to open the meet. One-meter action saw Michael Arnold post the top score for the men, whiel Chloe Merriss was the top performer for the women. On the three-meter board, Bill Magill posted the top mark for the men and Amanda Coffey was the top female.
The Bearcats are back in the pool Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, for a four-team meet at West Virginia. In addition to the host Mountaineers, UC will face Villanova and James Madison.