ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Leatherneck swimming and diving fell in dual meet competition on Friday (Jan. 25) to Saint Louis 165-113 (men) 178-84 (women). The squad posted 19 top two finishes including five event titles.
"We are seeing a lot of promise for what will happen at conference," head coach Greg Naumann said. "We
still have a lot of people going into meets still feeling tired, but
many of them are swimming faster than what they have been doing all
season. I was very pleased with how many of our races turned out. We
had strong finishes by Lizzie in both backstrokes and relays, as well as
Megan in the 1000 and 500, Haley in the 100 free and 200 free relay,
and Julia on 1-meter both relays and the 50 free. As for the guys, we
had top finishes by Matt, Doug, and Jake."
Matt Abercrombie led the way for the men recording a total of three first place finishes. He took first in the 1000 free (10:07.03), 500 free (4:56.76) and 400 IM (4:19.23).
Several turned in runner-up finishes including Jonathan Bond in the 100 back (55.48), JD Furr in the 100 breast (1:01.82), Josh Davis in the 200 breast (2:18.84), Shain in the 100 fly (54.50) and the 200 free relay team of Bond, Jeremy Grogg, Austin Payne and Tyler Neaveill (1:29.69).
Megan Popp paced the women earning runner-up finishes in the 1000 free (11:09.58) and the 500 free (5:27.77).
Also contributing second place finishes were Julia Rassmussen in one-meter diving (196.40), Haley Brasile in the 100 free (58.41), Lizzie Hollopeter in the 200 back (2:16.27), Sarah Rosenhauer in the 200 breast (2:38.18), Kelsey Kirchhoefer in the 100 fly (1:04.09), Daniella Bresler in the 400 IM (5:03.29) and the 200 free relay team of Brasile, Hollopeter, Abby Hansen and Rassmussen (1:42.69).
"I'm enjoying watching and coaching this team because of the potential they have for conference," Naumann added. "Our meet schedule is pretty tough, and I make sure that their meet line-ups are even harder than what they are going to see at conference. I believe that if they train under the hardest scenarios possible, conference will seem like a walk in the park. We have two meets left on our schedule before conference, and it should leave us some opportunities to see some different races. The team should be pretty excited as we go into Monmouth next week, and the University of Iowa the following."
Western Illinois returns to the pool on Friday (Feb. 1) in tri-meet competition against Augustana, Monmouth and Valparaiso. Monmouth will host the meet in Monmouth, Ill.