MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois swimming and diving heads to Rochester, Mich. to compete at the Summit League Championships this Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 20-23). The meet is hosted by Oakland.
In 2011-12, the men and women both placed sixth overall at the Summit League Championships. Doug Ogilvie highlighted the action winning event titles in one-meter and three-meter diving competition. For his efforts he was named Diver of the Championship and was later given Diver of the Year honors.
Earning 'Top 8' individual finishes at the meet were Jonathan Bond in the 100 back (6th-51.17) and 200 back (6th-1:53.24), Tyler Neaveill in the 100 fly (8th-51.48) and the 100 free (8th-46.98), Julia Rassmussen in one-meter diving (8th-196.25) and Josh Davis in the 400 IM (8th-4:21.29).
The women's 200 medley relay team (6th-1:52.00), women's 800 free relay (6th-8:07.96), men's 800 free relay (5th-7:02.29), women's 200 free relay (6th-1:40.65), men's 200 free relay (4th-1:25.10), women's 400 medley relay (6th-4:05.81), men's 400 medley relay (6th-3:31.53), women's 400 free relay (6th-3:43.52), men's 400 free relay (5th-3:08.07) and now graduate assistant coach Jamie Grau in the 100 breast (8th-1:07.78) and 200 breast (7th-2:28.47) also placed in the 'Top 8'.
In the Summit League Preseason Poll, the men's and women's teams were both voted to finish last once again in 2012-13. However, throughout the season the men have notched victories over South Dakota and Eastern Illinois who were chosen to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
COLLECTING HONORS: In the 2012-13 regular season, Western swimming and diving saw four earn Summit League Athlete of the Week accolades... This is the first year since 2007-08 that the Leathernecks had four different individuals earn the award... The first came on Oct. 16 for Matt Abercrombie, then Tyler Neaveill and Megan Popp swept the weekly award on Dec. 18 and Doug Ogilvie earned his fifth career nod on Jan. 22.
TOP DOGS: Several Leathernecks own Summit League 'Top 10' times heading into the Summit League Championships... Matt Abercrombie is second in the 1650 free (16:24.23), seventh in the 1000 free (9:57.58) and ninth in the 500 free (4:46.24) and 400 IM (4:15.44), Dylon Rykosky is 10th in the 200 free (1:43.96), 200 fly (1:55.86) and 200 IM (1:56.67), Doug Ogilvie is second in one-meter diving (314.85) and fourth in three-meter diving (319.58), Julia Rassmussen is fourth in one-meter diving (235.65) and Viktor Rusenas is 10th in one-meter diving (245.70).
QUALIFIER: Sophomore diver Doug Ogilvie
earned the second trip of his collegiate career to the NCAA Zones
postseason diving meet after posting a one-meter score of 315.53 on Jan.
18... To qualify a diver must score higher than 300.00 in the one-meter
and/or 320.00 in the three-meter... The score was also a new Brophy Hall Pool record.
UP NEXT: The Fighting Leathernecks begin post season action at the Summit League Championships Feb. 20-23... The competition will take place at Oakland in Rochester, Mich.
PRESEASON POLL: Western Illinois was predicted to finish last in the Summit League standings in the men's and women's preseason coaches' polls... Oakland, South Dakota State and IUPUI were chosen to finish as the top three for the men and the women.