Bearcat Swimmers Host Wright State on Senior Day
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Senior Kelly Hagen

Jan. 25, 2006

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      The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams return home for a dual meet with local rival Wright State on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at St. Xavier's Keating Natatorium.  The Bearcat seniors will be honored prior to the meet.



• Senior Ann Degenstein is currently ranked in the top 15 in the country in both the 100 fly (15th) and the 200 fly (7th).

  Junior Randi Vogel has won four individual titles this year and has met the NCAA `B' time in the 200 backstroke, while setting a school record in the 100 back.

• Senior Steve Marshall, returning after missing the entire 2004-05 campaign, has been impressive in 2005-06.  The Akron native has won three 200 breaststroke titles and captured one 100 breast title.  He holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke (55.58).

  Freshmen Jakub Carda and Bjorn Mates have made immediate impacts this season for the Bearcat men.  Carda has captured one 400 IM title and ranks 28th in the nation in the event.  Mates has won five 200 backstroke titles season, ranking 39th nationally in the event.



      The UC swimming and diving teams suffered a pair of defeats in their first BIG EAST dual meets. Against West Virginia on Friday, the men fell, 118-85, while the women were defeated, 118.5-80.5. On Saturday at Pittsburgh, the men lost, 170-63, and the women were outscored, 180-55.  The Bearcats picked up six event wins against the Mountaineers, three each from the men and women. David Gustavsson and Bjorn Mates finished one-two in the 200-yard freestyle in times of 1:42.74 and 1:44.18, then Mates won the 100-yard breaststroke in 51.81 seconds. Gustavsson was joined by Stephen Wood, Jeff Kaemmerlen and Ryan Yearwood on the winning 200-yard freestyle team, finishing in 1:26.12.

Karen Brasier earned the first win for the women, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.60 seconds. Randi Vogel then finished first in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:05.57. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lindsey Smith, Tammy Smith, Paola Rivas and Elyse Perez won the event in 1:48.11.  At Pitt, the lone win for the women was in the 200-yard butterfly, where Ann Degenstein and Karen Brasier were the top two finishers in times of 2:03.62 and 2:07.28.  For the men, Gustavsson got the win in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.04 and Marcel Kleiner took home first in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:41.93. UC also earned a win with the 400-yard freestyle medley team of Yearwood, Gustavsson, Mates and Kleiner in a time of 3:03.37.



      The UC swimming and diving teams will welcome the addition of the new Keating Natatorium in the heart of Lindner Varsity Village on the Cincinnati campus.  The Bearcats have spent the last three years training at St. Xavier High School.  The lack of diving facilities at St. Xavier has made it difficult for UC to field a competitive diving squad.  Keating Natatorium will give the Bearcats an opportunity to host home meets and field an entire team.  The natatorium is slated to open in February.



            UC will face the Kentucky Wildcats in a dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.