Oakland vs UIC
- Saturday, November 6, 2021
- Rochester, Mich.
Courtesy: Oakland Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich. — The Oakland University swimming and diving program took down Horizon League opponent UIC on Saturday afternoon at the Oakland Aquatic Center. The men’s team finished on top, 204-96, while the Golden Grizzly women beat the Flames 191-109.
OU won 26 out of 32 events, including all four relays. Oakland added 15 runner-up finishes in the conference face-off, while eight Golden Grizzlies tallied first-place marks in multiple individual events.
Susan LaGrand, an All-American a season ago, totaled a team-high three individual wins on the women’s side, as she raced to the meets best times in the 50-yard butterfly (25.52), 100-yard butterfly (56.27), and 100-yard individual medley (57.15). The senior also raced the third leg in the 200-yard medley relay, which placed first at 1:44.92.
A newcomer in Jordyn Shipps strung out victories in the 50-yard freestyle (23.83) and 100-yard backstroke (57.43), while Emily Aycock won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.19) and 500-yard freestyle (5:08.54). The senior trio of Taylor Bailey (50-yard breaststroke, 29.62), Jewel Huang (50-yard backstroke, 26.82), and Sydney McDowell (100-yard breaststroke, 1:04.41) rounded out Golden Grizzlies with winning times.
The OU men dominated with 14 victories in the home meet. Christian Bart led the way by claiming top spots in the 50-free (20.46), 100-breast (55.18), and 100-IM. He swam the second leg in Oakland’s winning 200-medley relay team, which finished first with a time of 1:30.31.
Rudy Aguilar garnered first-place marks in the 50-back (23.53) and 100-yard freestyle (45.77), while Marko Khotynetskyi finished first in the 100-back (49.05) and 200-free (1:40.70). Both swimmers helped the Golden Grizzlies win in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:22.35).
Mack Flowers showed off his speed with victories in the 50-fly (22.24) and 100-fly (48.88) while also helping both relay teams to top times. Jonas Cantrell also came away with multiple wins, as he led the distance swimmers in the 500-free (4:36.17) and 1000-yard freestyle (9:34.02).
The Golden Grizzlies will continue their season with a pair of home meets next weekend, hosting Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 12 in a women’s-only meet, and Miami (OH) on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Courtesy: UIC Athletics
UIC swam its final dual meet of the fall against defending conference champion Oakland Saturday afternoon. Though the Golden Grizzlies won the men’s and women’s duals, several Flames had winning performances and season-best times.
- Christina Neri won the 1000 free, with a five and a half second cushion over second place.
- Cydney Liebenberg was the winner in 1-meter and 3-meter diving.
- Felix Lafortune claimed the 3-meter and 1-meter titles.
- Poleena Kovalaske finished ahead of Kalie Landrum to win the 100 free.
- Jan Komorowski made his season debut, and took second in the 1000 free. It was the first individual event of his career that he did not win. Later in the meet, he took second in the 500 by just 0.04 second.
- Liam Davis was third in the 1000 free and the 100 fly
- Kalie Landrum was second in the 200 free, one spot ahead of Victoria Thor, and also took second in the 100 free.
- Josh Dellorto took second in the 200 free and 100 free.
- Anna Scovill finished second in the 50 back.
- Taira Juronis was third in the 50 breast. Ben Ramminger was second in the event on the men’s side. Juronis took second in the 100 breast.
- Lilly Culp was second in the 100 fly
- Poleena Kovalaske and Jeff Wiedoff each took second in the 50 free.
- Ciara McCliment was second in 1-meter and 3-meter diving, setting season highs in both events.
- Hunter Trautmann established a career high on the 3-meter board, finishing third. He was also third in 1-meter.
- Victoria Thor was second in the 500 free, just ahead of Neri and Maddie Hawker.
- Kyle Lewarchick was third in the 500 and the 100 IM, where he led a trio of consecutive Flames including Alex Dvorak and Dan Galinski.
- Scovill, Juronis, Izabella Del Rosario, and Kovalaske formed UIC’s A-200 medley relay team for the third straight meet. They came in fourth.
- Owen Zant moved into the leadoff spot in the 200 medley relay, while Cory Michalek moved to the freestyle leg. Along with Ben Ramminger and Jeff Wiedoff, they set the team’s best time of the season and finished third.
- Kovalaske, Landrum, Beth Kelzer, and Bree Moericke were second in the 200 free relay.
- Wiedoff, Dellorto, Davis, and Michalek took second in the 200 free relay.
- The Flames will have a week off before their final competition of the fall.
- UIC will swim at the IUPUI House of Champions invitational on November 18-20.