MACOMB, Ill. - The Western Illinois men's swimming and diving defeated Eastern Illinois 84-61 and fell to South Dakota 76-71 at Brophy Hall Pool on Saturday (Jan. 19), while the women were bested by Eastern 90-44 and South Dakota 125-21.
A trio of Leathernecks recorded two event titles in the meet for the men. Matt Abercrombie took first in the 1000 free with a time of 10:04.29 and 500 free with a 4:56.64 effort, while Tyler Neaveill won the 50 free (22.24) and 100 free (48.89). Sweeping both boards with scores of 300.45 in one-meter diving and 319.58 in three-meter competition was Doug Ogilvie.
Also contributing a first place finishes were Dylon Rykosky in the 200 free (1:48.05) and the 200 free relay team of Austin Payne, Shawn Farrar, Jonathan Bond and Neaveill. Taking second in their respective events include Viktor Rusenas in one-meter diving (222.60), Rykosky in the 200 IM (2:01.15) and the 800 free relay team of Rykosky, JD Furr, Jeremy Grogg and Abercrombie (7:19.98). Bond tied for second place with Ian Ford of South Dakota in the 100 back.
On the women's side, Megan Popp recorded the highest finish for Western taking second in the 1000 free swimming a time of 11:04.13. Julia Rassmussen notched two third place finishes in one-meter diving (199.80) and the 100 free (56.52).
Also taking third were Kelsey Kirchhoefer in the 200 fly (2:22.31), Lizzie Hollopeter in the 200 back (2:15.34), Sarah Rosenhauer in the 200 breast (2:37.84) and the 200 free relay team of Haley Brasile, Mary Betsworth, Rassmussen and Hollopeter.
"We saw great races again today, and had the same energy, possibly more than what we experienced Friday night," head coach Greg Naumann said. "It was a great meet to also recognize our two graduating seniors (Bart Pienkowski and Josh Davis). The relays and diving were a major driving force in our win over Eastern again today. South Dakota was able to come back and match the energy they saw last night, which made for a very tough loss on the men's side. The women's team stepped up much better today, and we saw a lot of changes in the mistakes I noticed yesterday. This is always a great time of the season because we start to see all of the little details being fixed. These two days of racing are far more than what we would see at conference, so this is a great training tool to be able to get the team used to having to race at high levels when tired and sore."
Western Illinois swimming and diving is back in the water at Saint Louis on Friday (Jan. 25). The dual meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m.