October 24, 2011

SPORTS: Swimming & Diving Gets Off To Impressive Start

by Kelsey Renbarger

Friday, the IUPUI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their season at the IUPUI Natatorium. After placing two spots behind opponent Eastern Illinois last year at the Summit League Championship, IUPUI proved they have been working hard with a pair of wins over the Panthers.

The women Jaguars defeated the Panthers 161-68 while the men won 141-49. Both teams combined to win 22 of the 26 events of the evening.

“That was an incredible meet for our teams,” said head coach Matt Bos. “We came out with a lot of energy and built upon each good swim as the meet went on. Our teams are working so hard right now so to come out and perform like we did was amazing. We will go back to work tomorrow morning and hope the momentum we gained from the last two meets will continue.”

Freshman Margaret Barber won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:46:73, 0.59 seconds shy of breaking the school record. Barber also won the 500 freestyle.

The men looked good with freshman, Adam Ferguson winning the 200 breaststroke. His time, 2:10:59, places him No. 2 in the school record books.

The freshman came out to win as Jennifer Oleksiak also had wins in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke. Both performances are noted in the school record books.

Chen Ni provided two wins for the Jags in the 1- and 3- meter dives with scores of 290.77 and 309.30 respectively.

Top honors of the night go to Lindsey Hurst, Lizzie Bourgeois, Lexi Laird, Matt LeMasters, Mason Hamilton and Mitchell Gauger. Capturing two wins apiece were Peyton Zehner, Alexander Nunnelly and Tony Carroll.

IUPUI will host Butler and Centre College Friday night at 5:00 p.m. at the IUPUI Natatorium. 

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