Degenstein, Mates Lead Bearcats at IU Invite
gobearcats.COM Karen Brasier finished third in the 100 butterfly at the Indiana Invitational this weekend.
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Karen Brasier finished third in the 100 butterfly at the Indiana Invitational this weekend.
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Nov. 20, 2005

Complete Results

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Indiana University Invitational Friday (Nov. 18) through Sunday (Nov. 20) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Senior Ann Degenstein (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) and freshman Bjorn Mates (Eislingen, Germany/Wirtemberg Gymnasium) won individual event titles for the Bearcats at a meet that featured some of the top teams in the nation.

The men's team was led by Mates, who won the 200 backstroke in 1:48.22 and finished in the top five in two other events. The freshman from Germany placed fifth in both the 500 freestyle (4:36.64) and the 100 backstroke (51.17). Sophomore Marcel Kleiner (Heilbronn, Germany/Hohen Staufen Gymnasium) was a top-four finisher in three srpinting events. The 2004-05 Academic All-American finished third in the 50 freestyle (20.63), fourth in the 100 free (46.02), and fourth in the 200 free (1:41.85). Five Bearcat relay teams posted top-five finishes. The 400 medley relay sqaud finished second in 3:22.82, while the 400 (3:05.02) and 800 (6:49.84) freestyle relay teams each finished third.

Degenstein, a 2004-05 NCAA qualifier, won the 200 butterfly in a season-best 2:02.35. The reigning Conference USA Swimmer of the Year also finished second in the 100 butterfly (56.33) and third in the 500 free (4:59.90). Junior Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) placed third in the 200 backstroke in a season-best 2:04.56. The transfer from Tennessee also finished fifth in the 100 backstroke in 58.39. Karen Brasier (Galveston, Texas/Ball) finished third in the 100 fly (56.33), while Paola Rivas (Mexico City, Mexico/Mission Viejo) was a third-place finisher in the 1650 freestyle (17:19.34). Four relay teams finished in the top five, including the 400 medley (3:53.53), 400 free (3:32.56), and 800 free (7:41.45), each of which placed fourth.


 

 

The Bearcats will have the Thanksgiving weekend off before travelling to Oxford, Ohio for the annual Miami (Ohio) Invitational from Dec. 2-4.