Nov. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up three days of competition Sunday at the Purdue University Invitational. The UC women placed fifth out of seven teams with a team score of 211 points, while the Cincinnati men placed sixth of seven with 143 points.
The Purdue women placed first with 982 points and the Louisville men finished No. 1 with a 1,007-point total.
The UC women earned 150 of their team points after earning fourth-place finishes in five separate relay events - the 200-yard, 400-yard and 800-yard freestyles, as well as the 200-yard and 400-yard medleys.
Sophomore Aleksandra Kaminska (Warsaw, Poland/Wroclaw No. 24) earned Cincinnati's first points in an individual event when she placed 11th overall in the women's 400-yard individual medley on Saturday with a time of 4 minutes, 28.01 seconds.
Freshman Jessica Piper (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) placed ninth overall and second in the `B' finals of Sunday's 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.27. The nine points earned from Piper was the most by any Bearcat over the weekend.
Two spots behind Piper was senior Erin Frye (Huntington, W.Va./Paul G. Blazer), who placed 11th and scored six points after finishing in 2:02.24. Frye produced a 13th-place finish and scored four team points in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday with a time of 57.02 seconds.
On Saturday's 200-yard freestyle, junior Weronicka Wasiakowska (Przykop, Poland/School of Sports Championship), finished 10th overall and second in the `B' final with a time of 1:51.74, which gave UC seven team points.
In the women's 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Helena Pikhartova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Jana Nerudy) placed 12th overall with a mark of 1:05.85; good for five points.
On Sunday, freshman Iuliia Fedoreeva (Barnaul, Russia/Barnaul) scored three points in the women's 200-yard butterfly after placing 14th overall (sixth in the `B' final) with a time of 2:06.80.
In the men's division, 134 of the Bearcats points were earned on relay events UC placed sixth in three events (200, 400 and 800 freestyles), as well fifth in the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Sophomore Awse Ma'aya (Amman, Jordan/The Bolles School) earned the UC men their lone individual points when he placed fourth in the `B' final (12th overall) in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday with a mark of 50.44 seconds, which produced five team points.
The Bearcats return to action Nov. 29 when they travel to Oxford, Ohio to compete in the Miami University Invitational.