IUPUI Earns Coach Damion Dennis First Wins with Sweep of Western Illinois

IUPUI vs. Western Illinois

  • Oct. 19, 2019
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Men: IUPUI def. WIU 185-39; Women: IUPUI def. WIU 177-52
  • Results

Courtesy: IUPUI Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI swimming and diving earned head coach Damion Dennis his first-career win as both the men and women beat Western Illinois on Saturday (Oct. 19). The men won their dual meet 185-39 and the women won 177-52.

The Jaguars won every event on the afternoon with multiple IUPUI swimmers earning multiple wins in the meet.

“Overall the Jaguars raced really well with the focus today on racing as we turned the times off the scoreboard and just went after it,” said Dennis. “The past five weeks of training has been extremely intense and they have responded great by winning every event. I believe meets like today are a strong testament to the athletes’ commitment to competing at a high level and really to each other as a team. I’m extremely proud of them and am so excited for their season ahead.”

The meet started with the women’s 200 medley relay with the team of Lauren Thompson, Aubrey Wing, Maureen Lingle and Andrea Hanas winning with a time of 1:49.13. The Jags also finished second in the event. In the men’s event IUPUI also went 1-2 with the team of Cade Anderson, Kevin Lingle, Cameron Green and Mason Jung clocking in at 1:34.68.

IUPUI earned the top-three spots in both the men’s and women’s 1,000 meter. Rachel Metzger won women’s event with a time of 10:56.92 and Dan Galante‘s time of 9:51.85 was tops for the men.

Maggie Hatfield (1:57.65) took the women’s 200 free and Jackson Sandala (1:41.91) won the men’s 200 free. IUPUI went 1-2 in the women’s race and took all three spots in the men’s.

The top four times went to IUPUI in the women’s 50 free with Andrea Hanas (25.06) barely beating teammate Grace Lupoi (25.07). Mason Jung won the men’s race with a time of 21.03.

In the 200 IM, Lauren Thompson won the women’s event with a time of 2:13.43 and Jason Harary took the men’s event with a time of 1:55.68.

Allison Walker (58.81) and Dillon Stangeland (51.29) won the women’s and men’s 100 fly, respectively. In the 100 free, Hatfield and Sandala took the women’s and men’s race with times of 54.15 and 46.73.

Thompson earned another win in the 100 back with a time of 58.74 and Riley Lohse won the men’s 100 back with a time of 51.84.

Metzger won another distance race with a time of 5:22.31 in the women’s 500 free and Nicholas Dibley won the men’s race with a time of 4:48.17.

Wing took home the top time in the women’s 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:07.40 and Sam Hahs won the men’s event in 59.32.

To close out the swimming portion, Hatfield, Cassia Snyder, Hanas and Samantha Roll won the women’s 200 free relay (1:39.12) and Jung, Anderson, Sandala and Kevin Burke won the men’s event (1:24.48).

In the diving competition, Carolyn Dietz swept the two women’s events with 255.45 points in the 3-meter and 239.63 points in the 1-meter. Patrick Tener also swept the men’s events with 306.75 points in the 1-meter and 305.70 points in the 3-meter.

IUPUI will hit the road for its next meet on Nov. 1 at Cincinnati.

Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics

The 2019-20 Western Illinois men’s and women’s swimming and diving campaigns officially got underway in a dual meet in Indianapolis against IUPUI on Saturday (Oct. 19). The Leatherneck men lost 185-39 while the WIU women fell to the Jaguars 177-52.

The men’s squad collected a pair of second-place performances. Adam Peterson netted second in the 50-free (21.32) and Brennan Bladel registered a second-place finish in the 200-IM (2:00.06).

Off the platform, Samantha Kessinger collected second place in the one-meter diving portion with a score of 187.95.

On the Western Illinois women’s swimming side, newcomer Anika Gram logged third in the 100-butterfly (1:01.18). Another newcomer Allison Spielman came in second place in the 100-free (54.64) and Laramie Reed (1:11.66) did the same in the 100-breast.

The Purple and Gold 200-free relay team of Garret Kemp, Peterson, Ian-Anthony Johnson and Isaiah Pihlstrom connected for second with a slot of 1:29.10. The women’s 200-free relay squadron of Spielman, Gram, Alexis Dreyer and Mathus touched in 1:42.96 for second place.

The Western Illinois women’s squad continues the regular season on Friday (Nov. 1) with a dual meet at Omaha followed by both teams competing in Sioux Falls, S.D., versus South Dakota, South Dakota State and St. Cloud State on Saturday (Nov. 2).

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