Nov. 2, 2012
CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams dropped a Friday night meet to West Virginia University at Keating Aquatics Center, with scores of 163-137 in the women's division and 177-114 in the men's.
Bearcats freshman swimmer Jessica Piper (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) won all three of her individual events to lead Cincinnati and is now a perfect six for six in individual events through two collegiate meets. Piper gave UC its first event winner of the meet when she won the 100 backstroke after finishing in 56.79 seconds. Piper recorded her second win of the meet in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:01.83. She capped her night off with a first-place showing in the 200-yard IM with a mark of 2:07.89.
Through the first 16 events of the meet, WVU led the Bearcats 97-53 (women) and 108-41 (men). In the first event following the first intermission, UC junior Weronika Wasiakowska (Przykop, Poland/School of Sports Championship) won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.08 seconds to give the Bearcats their second first-place finish of the night
The UC women closed the gap to 107-81 through 20 events, while the men trailed WVU 132-55.
Junior Victoria Jacumski (Clarence Center, N.Y./Clarence) and Helena Pikhartova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Jana Nerudy) finished first and second in the 200-yard breaststroke with marks of 2:21.99 and 2:23.57, respectively.
Freshman Iuliia Fedoreeva (Barnaul, Russia/Barnaul) earned the Bearcats nine team points when she placed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.84 seconds.
The UC women closed out the night with a first-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay after Pikhartova, Wasiakowska, Fedoreeva and senior Bailey Laban (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) combined for a time of 1:36.52.
In the men's division, sophomore Awse Ma'aya (Amman, Jordan/The Bolles School) gave the Bearcats their first individual win after placing first in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:59.17. Ma'aya earlier placed second in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 52.31 seconds.
Sophomore Kyle Smith (Lake View, N.Y./Canisius) gave UC its second first-place showing in the men's division when he won the 100 butterfly with a mark of 53.05 seconds.
The Bearcats have a quick turnaround time as they will face the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday at Keating Aquatics Center. The meet will begin with diving competition at 11 a.m., followed by swimming events at 1 p.m.