Xavier Women, IUPUI Men Pick Up Double Wins in Tri-Meet

In a tri-meet between Ball State, Xavier, and IUPUI on Friday, the Xavier women swept the competition. They beat IUPUI 154-133, and Ball State 159-135. The IUPUI women won a tight battle to take home a win over Ball State, 150.5-148.5. On the men’s side, IUPUI grabbed double wins over Xavier (192-99) and Ball State (201-96). Xavier topped Ball State 170.5-116.5. Full results can be found here.

Ball State:

Women

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team fell in double-dual action Friday evening to Xavier and host IUPUI. The Cardinals marked 135 points to Xavier’s 159, and fell in a narrow 148.5-150.5 final to the Jaguars.

Overall, the Cardinals captured five event victories, including a pair from junior Jessica Extine, who took top honors in both the 50 free (24.43) and the 100 free (53.81). Extine also led the Cardinals in a first place finish in the 400 free relay (3:36.92) and second place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:47.95) against Xavier. The same relays finished second and third, respectively, to IUPUI.

Extine’s relay teammate, sophomore Amanda Kedzierski, topped the 100 breaststroke by touching the wall in 1:06.28 just before IUPUI’s Mary Klueh (1:07.46). The effort was also good enough to top Xavier, giving Kedzierski two event victories in one swim.

Junior Katie Horn marked back-to-back Ball State event wins when she touched the wall in 2:08.66 for a first place finish in the 200 butterfly, just after Kedzierski’s show in the 100 breast.

Rounding out the top swim finishes on the day for the Cardinals was sophomore Andrea Richter, posting a 58.39 final in the 100 fly. The time was narrowly trailed by Horn’s 58.88 effort for second.

Senior Madie Zirzow kept it rolling in diving action when she topped the one-meter competition against both opponents, with a score of 258.83. Zirzow also marked a score of 238.28 in three-meter competition.

The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team picks up conference action again on Saturday, Jan. 23 when it welcomes Toledo to the Lewellen Aquatic Center. The event is slated for a 1 p.m. start and will feature Senior Day festivities and recognition, as the meet is the final home event of the season for the Cardinals.

For the most up-to-date news on Ball State women’s swimming and diving action, follow @BallStateSports and @BallStateWSwim on Twitter.

Men

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ball State men’s swimming and diving team fell in double-dual action Friday evening to Xavier and host IUPUI, in partner with the Ball State women’s swimming and diving team. The Cardinals marked 116.5 points to Xavier’s 170.5, and fell in a 201-96 final to the Jaguars.

Overall, the Cardinals captured two event victories over IUPUI, including an additional four over Xavier.

Junior Tanner Barton touched the wall first overall in the 200 butterfly with a 1:52.60 final, while junior Bradley Ridge trailed narrowly behind at 1:55.18. Ridge then went on to cinch an overall individual event win in the 100 fly with a 50.51 final, while Barton marked a 50.64 time for second over IUPUI, and third against Xavier in the same event.

Earning a top finish over Xavier in the 100 backstroke was sophomore Nate Slack, who clocked a 53.88 final. The time was also good enough to earn second to IUPUI’s Aaron Brysch (50.89) in the same race.

Rounding out the top swim finishes on the day was sophomore Andrew Carlson, who touched the wall in 47.57, which earned an event win for the Cardinals over Xavier, while the final finished fourth to IUPUI.

In diving action, freshman Lane Sawyer posted a score of 189.00 in one-meter competition, paired with a score of 178.20 from the three-meter. Fellow freshman Gabe Dean tallied a 163.73 mark from the one-meter, followed by a 173.78 score in three-meter action.

The Ball State men’s swimming and diving team picks up conference action again on Saturday, Jan. 16 when it welcomes Eastern Michigan to the Lewellen Aquatic Center. The event is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

For the most up-to-date news on Ball State men’s swimming and diving action, follow @BallStateSports and @BallStateMSwim on Twitter.

Xavier:

INDIANAPOLIS – Xavier swimming returned from its winter hiatus with a splash at IUPUI. In a three-team meet with the host Jags and Ball State, the Musketeer women picked up a pair of wins, topping IUPUI, 154-133, and Ball State, 159-135, while the men topped the Cardinals, 170.5-116.50 while falling to the Jaguars, 192-99.

On the women’s side the women opened the event with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Paxtyn Drew, Becca Titterton, Caroline Gaertner and Claire Brolsmaposting a time of 1:47.81.

The Musketeer women started the individual events by taking the top three spots in the 1000 free. Emily Wagner led the Musketeers in with a time of 10:35.55. Mackenna Rife finished second with a time of 10:42.21 and Jenna Wilkes touched third in 10:46.61.

Xavier collected the top two spots in the 200 free as well, with Katie Kerr taking first (1:54.33) and Taylor Jach taking second (1:58.11).

The Musketeers made it three-for-three in the first three individual events when Drew took the top spot in the 100 back with a time of 57.69. Gaertner followed her in with a time of 58.69, good for third place.

In the 200 fly, the Xavier women collected a pair of top-three finishes, with Maggie Kauffeld taking second (2:09.29) and Annie Cummins placing third (2:09.29).

Brolsma grabbed a top-three finish in the 100 free, taking third with a time of 54.70.

Drew collected another first place finish in the 200 back, taking first with a time of 2:04.49.Hanna Martin‘s time of 2:26.45 took the top spot in the 200 breast.

In the 500 free, the Musketeer women repeated their success from the 1000 free, taking the top three spots, led in by Kerr (5:08.97). Wagner placed second (5:13.97) and Jach placed third (5:15.58).

The women closed out the individual events by taking two of the top three spots in the 400 IM. Kauffeld’s time of 4:40.21 took first place. Mikaela Saugstad‘s time of 4:42.19 was good for third.

The women finished out the meet with the ‘A’ team of Drew, Gaernter, Brolsma and Jach taking third in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:38.16.

The men opened the event with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Erik Biernat, Michael Pettinichi, Knox Hitt and Luke Johanns finishing in a time of 1:34.92.

In the individual events, the Musketeer men started off the meet with a number of top-three finishes. Nick Strader grabbed a second place finish in the 1000 free with a time of 9:57.50, Matt Nephew finished third in the 100 back with a time of 54.13 and Luke Johannstook third in the 50 yard free with a time of 21.24.

The Musketeers posted three strong performances in the 200 back, taking three of the top four spots. Chase Baldwin touched the wall first in a time of 1:55.55. Rodrigo Suriano‘s time of 1:56.94 was good for second place and Arthur Smith‘s time of 1:58.81 took fourth for the Musketeers.

Rob Van Kirk grabbed another top-three finish for the Musketeer men, taking second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:11.01.
In the 500 free, Alex Wolfred took second in a time of 4:45.48. Nick Strader followed him in with a time of 4:49.99 for third place.

Xavier grabbed two more second place finishes to close out individual events. Knox Hitttook second in the 100 fly with a time of 50.59 and Erik Biernat took the second spot in the 400 IM with a time of 4:12.19.

The Xavier men closed out the event with a second place finish in the 400 free relay, with Suriano, Enrique Hernandez, Hitt and Luke Johanns touching in a time of 3:08.16

The Xavier women return to action on Friday, Jan. 22 when they travel to Duquesne to face off with the Dukes, as well as Ohio, at 5:00 p.m. Both squads will then travels to the Butler Invite on Sunday, Jan. 24 with events beginning at noon.

IUPUI:

INDIANAPOLIS – After a lengthy layoff between competitions, the IUPUI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were back in the water on Friday night (Jan. 8) as the Jaguars hosted Ball State and Xavier in dual meet action inside the IUPUI Natatorium. The men’s squad swept both duals, beating Xavier 192-99 and Ball State 201-96 while the women’s team split the results, beating BSU 150.5-148.5 and falling to Xavier, 154-133.

“It was great to get back in to some competition, especially against two quality opponents,” IUPUI Head Coach Matt Bos said. “I could not be happier about where we are following a very productive stretch of training. The base we built earlier this season really has shown and we now are focused on fine tuning our racing.

“The men were solid from the start and really put together a great meet. The women really stepped up with the meet on the line and put in some great relays to steal one away from Ball State.”

The women’s squad bookended the meet with relay wins, opening with a victory in the 200 IM and closing with a win in the 400 free relay, helping nudge past Ball State. Both Madison Taylor and Tori Kroon were part of both relay wins with Taylor swimming the anchor of the IM and the opening 100 of the 400 free. Kroon anchored the 400 free relay and touched at 3:34.76 to beat Ball State’s effort by more than two seconds.

Alexis Bullard had a solid showing throughout the evening, finishing second in the 100 and 200 back and third in the 100 butterfly. She keyed the 200 medley relay win as well, giving the Jaguars an early lead in the backstroke.

The men put together a strong all around effort, collecting 11 race victories, including two relays, and taking the top three spots in both diving events.

Aaron Brysch and Lennart Kuester both swam well, helping open the night at the lead and anchor of the 200 IM relay win. Kuester touched at 1:33.77, easily outdistancing the group from Xavier to set the tone for the night.

Brysch would later win the 100 back and finish second in the 50 free while Kuester won both the 50 (20.92) and 100 free (46.79).

Freshman Ben Levart then earned his first of two triumphs, winning the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:47.38 to clear his competition by more than 10 seconds. He followed up with a later win in the 500 free, posting a mark of 4:38.70. Richard Sunkel was victorious in the 200 free, finishing at 1:43.14, just ahead of teammates Jared Allen and Trenton Wolfe.

Sophomore Jon Stoller earned three individual wins, posting the night’s top times in the 100 breaststroke (58.39), 200 breaststroke (2:08.60) and 400 IM (4:10.07). Stoller closed the first half of the season with an impressive showing at the House of Champions Invite and continued to build on that effort on Friday night.

The Jaguars put a capper on the evening with a convincing win in the 400 free relay as the quartet of Brysch, Kuester, Wolfe and Allen won by more than three seconds.

IUPUI divers fared well throughout the evening as freshman Krisztian Somhegyi swept the boards, scoring 305.03 off the 1-meter and 344.18 off the 3-meter. In doing so, he qualified for postseason NCAA Zones competition with a season-best effort. Freshman Mitch Masteywas second off both boards, scoring 300.45 off the 3-meter and 270.68 off the 1-meter.

On the women’s side, Melissa Berger won the 3-meter at 276.00 and was second in the 1-meter dive.

IUPUI will be back in action next weekend when the Jaguars head north to take on Green Bay in a dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1:00 p.m..

Swimming news courtesy of Ball State, Xavier, and IUPUI Swimming & Diving.

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