Oct. 27, 2006
The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams will officially open their 2006-07 season this weekend at the Oakland Golden Grizzly Quadrangular. The meet, which includes Wayne State and host Oakland, will begin at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the OU Aquatics Center.
The women's team will be led by seniors Randi Vogel (backstroke) and Gerdien de Jong (freestyle), each of whom met NCAA `B' standards in their respective events last season.
Senior Marcel Kleiner (freestyle) and sophomore Bjorn Mates (backstroke) each finished in the top five at the BIG EAST Championships a year ago in multiple events and met NCAA `B' cuts.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's team finished second at the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 6, while the women finished fourth. The women then took on Toledo on Oct. 14, falling 152-136, an Illinois on Oct. 20, dropping a 171.5-102.5 decision to the Illini.
The Wayne State Warriors men's and women's teams will open their 2006-07 seasons at the Oakland Quadrilangular.
A GRAND OPENING:
The Keating Aquatics Center was officially dedicated on Oct. 21 as part of the Grand Opening Invitational in the heart of the UC campus. The facility, which is in the new Campus Recreation Center, opened in February and is named after Bill Keating, Sr., who was a Bearcat student-athlete (BBA 1950, JD 1950), member of the UC Athletics Hall of Fame, a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Medal, and a former Chairman of the Board of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.
Over 40 alumni swimmers were on hand for the dedication as well as the alumni meet. Last year's senior class, which included the first BIG EAST champion in school history, Ann Degenstein, was also honored prior to the meet.
The varsity meet was not scored, but the Bearcats dominated, winning 14 of the 16 unusual events. The non-traditional events included 150-yard relay events in the butterfly, breast and backstrokes as well as 300-yard medley events.
With the opening of the Keating Aquatics Center, the Bearcats will be hosting six home meets this season. In addition to the Grand Opening Invitational, UC will welcome BIG EAST foes Pittsburgh and West Virginia to campus as well as regional rivals Kentucky and Miami (Ohio).
The Bearcats will return home to take on the Golden Grizzlies in a dual meet on Friday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Keating Aquatics Center.