Oct. 21, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving team recorded split results against Xavier University Friday in the 2011 Crosstown Splashdown at Keating Aquatics Center.
The UC women's team defeated XU 183-105, while the Cincinnati men fell to Xavier 167-96.
"Our women won tonight with a great effort," said Monty Hopkins, UC swimming and diving head coach. "They did a good job. They were racing. They were swimming smart. They kept after the meet all the way through. I'm really pleased with their overall effort and their cohesion as a team. I'm very pleased with where we are at this time of the season because they have worked hard."
In her collegiate debut, Bearcats freshman Helena Pikhartova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Jana Nerudy) won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 3.45 seconds, which places her second all-time in UC history behind senior Josefin Wede's (Landskrona, Sweden/Gripenskolan/Auburn) mark of 1:02.96.
In the opening event of the season, the UC women's 4x50-yard medley relay team of sophomore Weronika Wasiakowska (Przykop, Poland/School of Sports Championship), Pikhartova, Wede, and senior Liz Hansson (Lund, Sweden/School of St. Petri) nearly cracked UC's all-time top 10 list after finishing in 1:46.51 to give the Bearcats a first-place showing.
Hansson added wins in three individual events - the 100-yard backstroke (58.60), 50-yard freestyle (24.31) and 200-yard backstroke (2:06.92) to pace the UC women.
"Liz Hansson had a tough week with illness, but she's feisty and she races," Hopkins said. "Even if she's not feeling well, she'll go after it. She won three individual races without great times for Liz. But when you're not feeling well and haven't gotten any sleep and still go out and win; that just shows what type of competitor you are."
On the men's side, senior Haywood Miller (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Maryland) was the lone individual winner after placing first in the 1000-yard freestyle after trailing early in the race.
"Haywood had a very good race tactically and showed toughness to come from behind and win in a race that's not his best event," said Hopkins.
Despite the setback on the men's team, Hopkins was pleased with the focus and effort displayed compared to last season.
"The men were a whole lot more into the whole meet," stated Hopkins. "Last year, it seemed like we weren't clued in. I don't know what it was. I think the guys this year, even though they were defeated, they stayed in races. They kept racing smart. They were aggressive. Guys were trying hard. They were doing stuff from one race to another and trying to make adjustments to get better."
Cincinnati's next meet is on Nov. 11 when it competes against University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa.