ROCHESTER, Mich. - Western Illinois swimming and diving took fifth place in the men's standings and seventh place in the women's at the 2013 Summit League Championships at Oakland. The four day event wrapped up on Saturday (Feb. 23).
"This was probably by far the best this entire team has done at conference," head coach Greg Naumann said. "We had many changes to the 'Top 10' list as well as new season and lifetime bests. I couldn't have been more proud of how this team performed and how hard we worked the entire season. We are losing two seniors this year on the men's side, and none on the women's. This should give us a great opportunity to build upon everything we did this year."
Matt Abercrombie highlighted Saturday's action with a third place finish in the 1650 free. His time of 16:09.86 marks a new season best and ranks him seventh all-time in the Western Illinois record book.
Also entering the Western Illinois 'Top 10' list were Tyler Neaveill and Jonathan Bond. Neaveill's 100 free time of 46.12 is a new top time and ties him for the sixth place spot all-time. Bond posted a time of 1:53.60 in the 200 back to give him the No. 3 spot all-time and a seventh place result.
Diver Doug Ogilvie scored 278.85 in three-meter diving to take fourth place overall, and the 400 free relay team of Dylon Rykosky, Jeremy Grogg, Bond and Neaveill placed second overall with a season-best effort of 3:05.75.
The 400 free relay team of Julia Rassmussen, Abby Hansen, Haley Brasile and Lizzie Hollopeter earned the lone 'Top 8' finish for the women on Saturday posting a time of 3:39.16. The effort is a new season-best.
Oakland won the team title in both men's and women's competition. The Golden Grizzlies have never lost a Summit League Championship meet since joining the conference. IUPUI and Omaha rounded out the 'Top 3' in the women's standings posting scores of 517 and 512.5, respectively. In the men's competition, South Dakota State was second with 510 points and IUPUI finished third with 479 points.
Final Team Standings
South Dakota State 476
South Dakota 420
Eastern Illinois 279.5
Western Illinois 148
South Dakota State 510
Eastern Illinois 453
Western Illinois 397
South Dakota 377
Newcomer: Karin Tomeckova (Oakland)
Diver: Tricia Grant (Oakland)
Swimmer of the Championships: Sandra Czerska (Oakland)
Coach of the Year: Matt Bos (IUPUI)
Newcomer: Jorden Merrilees (Oakland)
Diver: Mitchell Gauger (IUPUI)
Swimmer of the Championship: Amr el Sayed (Oakland)
Coach of the Year: Pete Hovland (Oakland)