Bearcats Head to Kentucky for Final Dual Meet
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Marcel Kleiner

Jan. 31, 2006

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The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams will face their final tune-up before the 2006 BIG EAST Championships, when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for a dual meet with the Kentucky Wildcats. The Bearcats and Wildcats will hit the water a 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 4 at UK's Lancaster Aquatic Center.


• 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 two 100 breast titles. 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 two 400 IM titles and ranks 28th in the nation in the event. Mates has won five 200 backstroke titles season, ranking 39th nationally in the event.

• After finishing last season 1-6 and 0-7, respectively, in dual meets, the men's and women's teams have rebounded to post records of 5-6 and 4-6-1, respectively, in dual meet action this season.


The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams swept dual meet victories from Wright State on Jan. 28 at St. Xavier's Keating Natatorium. The men improved their dual meet record to 5-6 on the year with a 113-91 victory. The women (4-6-1) won, 114-90. Prior to the meet, the Bearcats honored seniors Dominique DeBruin, Ann Degenstein, David Gustavsson, Kelly Hagen, Val Lindsey, Akvilina Vaicaityte, Ryan Yearwood. The Bearcats captured 18 of the 22 event titles, with Paola Rivas, Gerdien de Jong, and Gustavsson each capturing two titles. The men and women each posted nine individual wins, including the 200 free relay (men: 1:23.13, women: 1:37.92) and 200 medley relay (men: 1:32.76, women: 1:49.65).


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 open the 2006 BIG EAST Championships on Thur., Jan. 15 in Long Island, N.Y. The four-day competition will close on Sun., Jan. 18.