Cincinnati Men & Women Take Down Indianapolis

Meet Results

  • October 6, 2017
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Meet Results
  • Score
    • MEN: Cincinnati 188, Indianapolis 111
    • WOMEN: Cincinnati 215, Indianapolis 85

Press Release

Courtesy of Cincinnati Athletics

The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams started off the 2017 season strong by sweeping on the road at Indianapolis Friday night. The women won by a score of 215-85 while the men won 188-111. UC took the top three spots in nine events while earning twenty wins, 26 second place finishes and 21 third place finishes.

In the third event of the day, the Bearcats women’s team took the top four spots in the 1000 yard freestyle. Rocky Laabstook first with a time of 10:14:05 followed by Caroline Sheehan in second place and Samantha Wheatley in third.

The men also swept the podium places in the 1000 yard freestyle. Chris Bready won the event with a time of 9:13:83. Toby Van Dyke came in second while Tyler Jones finished in third.

The women took the first through third spots in the 200 backstroke as Sydney King led the way followed by Natalie Obando and Tal Kidron. King came in at 2:05:64.  The other swimming even the women swept was the 200 yard IM, as Wheatley bested the competition, bringing in a time of 2:08:20. Michaela Wheeler finished second and Katherine Gob in third.

In diving, UC’s Claire Schuermann won the 3 mtr competition with a score of 256.25. She was followed by teammates Trish Roscoe and Audrey Capannari.
On the men’s side, the Bearcats took the top three finishes in the 200 yard freestyle, led by Din Selmanovic who came in at 1:41:43. Bready followed in second and Justin Crew placed third.

The men also swept the 200 yard butterfly. George Epsly and Ryan DiPietro tied for first place with a time of 1:53:34. Van Dyke came in third. Another UC men’s sweep came in the 100 yard freestyle. Alex Fortman led the way with a 47:06 finish with Hans Kabelka and Din Selmanovic coming in second and third, respectively. Like the women, the men took all three podium spots in the 200 yard IM. Dom Polling’s time of 1:53:22 brought him in first while Van Dyke finished in second and Nate Jonas in third.

The Bearcats took the top three spots in both the 1 mtr and 3 mtr diving competitions. Mitch Godar won the 1 mtr with a 335.05 followed by Louis Hunt and Ike Karn. Hunt took the top spot in the 2 mtr with Karn taking second and Godar coming in third.

Both Schuermann and Godar’s dives were good enough to qualify the duo for NCAA Zones.


Sydney King – 200 freestyle
Lindsey Niehaus – 100 backstroke
Kennedy Herbert – 100 breaststroke
Simone Palomo – 200 butterfly
Maddie Exton – 100 freestyle
Rocky Laabs – 500 freestyle
200 freestyle relay (Exton, Niehaus, Abby Johnston,  Michaela Wheeler)
Zach Hostoffer – 100 breaststroke
Zach Baecker – 200 breaststroke

The Bearcats host their first meets of the season at Keating Aquatics Center on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. UC hosts Cleveland State followed by South Carolina in back-to-back dual meets.

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Press Release

Courtesy of Indianapolis Athletics

For the second consecutive night, the UIndy swimming & diving teams faced off against a tough Division I opponent, this time hosting the University of Cincinnati Friday night in the first home meet of 2017-18. One day after racing at IUPUI, the Greyhound men fell to the visiting Bearcats, 188-111, while the UIndy women lost, 215-85.

Despite the final tallies, UIndy Head Coach Jason Hite knows his student-athletes put in a lot of hard work this week.

“I’m really happy with what I’ve seen these past two nights,” said the third-year head man. “We’ve seen some really good early-season racing against some solid DI competition. I thought Athina (Konstantinidi), “Zava”  (Guilherme Zavaneli) and Sotia (Neophytou) stood out tonight, but I’m really proud of our team overall.”

Zavaneli led the Hounds with four event wins – two individual and two relay – and hit a pair of B cuts. He and freshman Victor Antonon went one-two in the 50 free with times of 20.29 and 20.99, respectively. Later, in perhaps the race of the night, Zavaneli out-touched UC record holder Chris Bready by less than two tenths to take the 500 free (4:31.13).

“Zava” also helped the men’s team to victories in both relays. He joined forces with Rodrigo Codo BertiJan Zuchowicz and Ante Lucev to win the 400 medley relay (3:21.99), then bookended the night with Berti, Lucev and Antonon to take the 200 free relay (1:23.01).

Other wins for the men included Berti in both the 100 and 200 back, and Lucev in the 100 fly.

Sophomore Athina Konstantinidi amassed three wins of her own, winning both individual breaststroke races and helping UIndy to the 400 medley relay win. She was joined by Madeleine LegerSotia Neophytou and Malvina Shoukri in the latter event, combining for a time of 3:54.73.

Junior Stefanie Haholiades recorded a B-cut time of 24.05 in her 50-free win, and Neophytou touched first in the 100 butterfly with a 56.60.

Some of the Greyhound divers were also in action Friday. Freshman Cassie Kury was UIndy’s top finisher on both heights on the women’s side, as the Eastpointe, Mich., product finished third on the one-meter and fifth on the three. Jared Hilt finished fourth on the one-meter board for the men.

The Greyhounds head to South Florida next week for their annual training trip, which will be capped by the Nova Southeastern Shark Invite Oct. 13-14.

“We are excited about our upcoming training trip to Florida,” added Hite. “It will be another opportunity to be part of some fast early-season racing.”

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