October 29, 2011

SPORTS: Swimming & Diving Continues Domination

by Kelsey Renbarger

Friday night, the IUPUI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Butler and Centre College, in what ended up in total domination for the Jaguars. The men swept their competition, winning every single event for the night. Freshman Tony Carroll set a new school record for his performance in the 200 freestyle, finishing with a 1:44:41 time.

Carroll, who also won two other events, was joined by teammates Adam Ferguson, John Van Dyke, and Mason Hamilton to win the 200-medley relay. Ferguson added three additional wins in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 free relay.

John Van Dyke, Mason Hamilton, Zander Nunnelly, CJ Howard and Luke Green all placed first in at least two of their events.

Divers, Mitchell Gauger and Alex Olson swept the 1- and 3- dives placing first and second respectively. In the 1 meter, Gauger won with a score of 259.27 followed by Olson with 247.02. Scores of 294.15 (Gauger) and 247.95 (Olson) ensured a diving sweep for the night.  

The men won all 14 swimming events and both diving events, finishing 16/16 for the night.

After a grueling week of practice from head coach Matt Bos, the sweep came as a surprise.

“I’m very happy, the momentum of the meet, energy and attitude are all paying off,” said Bos. “Physically, they are very sore but it is exciting that they are pushing through.”

Bos said they will continue to have rigorous practices for the next month.

Standout performances from the women’s swimming team came from Lexi Laird, Jenny Oleksiak and Lindsey Hurst, who each won four events. The three teamed up with Lizzie Bourgeois, in the 200-medley relay and 200 free relay to finish first for the Jaguars.

Bourgeois also won the 200 free for the Lady Jaguars. 

Diver Kristen Sidebottom placed first in both the 1- and 3-meter events with scores of 150.67 and 183.97, respectively.

The women won 11 of their 14 swimming events and both of their diving events, leaving them 13 for 16 so far this season. As a team, IUPUI was 29 for 32 on Friday night’s events.

The hard work the men’s and women’s swimmers and divers are putting in will hopefully continue to pay off as they will host the House of Champions Invitational in two weeks. The Invitational will begin Friday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the IUPUI Natatorium.  Ball State, Xavier, Butler, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Ohio Wesleyan will all make the trip to the Natatorium to participate in the House of Champions Invitational. 

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