MACOMB, Ill. Western Illinois men's and women's swimming and diving dropped its season opening dual meet to Saint Louis 172-128 (men) and 199-85 (women) on Saturday (October 6). The Leathernecks earned nine first place finishes and took 15 runner-up spots in the competition.
"This has been one of our better meets overall against Saint Louis," head coach Greg Naumann said. "We had quite a few people drop time from the intersquad to today, and I think some of that is having another opponent actually makes us work a little bit harder when we get up and race. There's a little bit more excitement. I think they've just gotten that much better training wise in practice. A lot of time what we see them do in practice is what we're going to see them do in meets. We had some really outstanding swims, and we're seeing signs that the men and women definitely have a lot of fight in them."
Highlighting the action for the men was newcomer Matt Abercrombie who came away with two individual event titles. He took the 500-yard free race by just .17 of a second (5:54.72), came away with the 200-yard IM by more than a second (2:02.03) and placed second in 1000-yard free (10:04.18).
Junior captain Jonathan Bond also contributed edging out his opponent by one-hundredth of a second to earn the 50-yard back victory, then swam to his second win of the contest in the 100-yard back (54.47).
Men's diving performed in dominant fashion taking the top three places in one-meter competition, Doug Ogilvie (1st-233.70), Patrick Oliver (2nd-195.52) and Viktor Rusenas (3rd-177.00). Ogilvie, last year's Summit League Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championship, went on to win the three-meter competition posting a mark of 235.35. Oliver took third place in the three-meter with a score of 175.88.
Freshman Sarah Rosenhauer earned her first individual honor in a Leatherneck uniform when she took first in the 50-yard breast (32.91), then swam to a runner-up finish in 100-yard breast competition (1:11.65).
Fellow newcomer Lizzie Hollopeter also earned a first place result in the 100-yard back (1:03.34) and a second place finish in 50-yard back competition (29.48).
Each Leatherneck relay team swam to runner-up finishes for the men and the women.
Western Illinois returns to the pool on Saturday (October 27) at Truman State in Kirksville, Mo. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.