INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Western Illinois swimming and diving competed in the annual House of Champions three-day meet hosted by Summit League member IUPUI Friday through Sunday (Nov. 30-Dec. 2). The men finished fourth out of five teams with 1268 points and the women were seventh with 470 out of seven.
Many Leathernecks posted their season best times and scores following nearly a month off of competition due to a meet cancellation. A total of 93 season personal records were set, 65 for the men and 28 for the women.
Matt Abercrombie recorded the lone first place finish taking home the 1650 free title swimming a time of 16:24.23, which would give him the top time in the Summit League as of last week's times by almost a minute. The freshman also recorded a top five finish in the 400 IM (4:15.44).
Dylon Rykosky earned a runner-up finish in the 200 IM (1:56.67) and third place finshes in the 200 free and 200 fly posting times of 1:43.96 and 1:55.86, respectively. Last season's Summit League Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championship, Doug Ogilvie, took fourth in both the one-meter and three-meter competitions. Also recording a top five finish was Jonathan Bond in the 100 back with a time of 54.44.
The men's relay teams were successful throughout the competition posting a third place finish in the 800 free relay (Abercrombie, JD Furr, Jeremy Grogg and Rykosky), a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay (Bond, Grogg, Austin Payne and Tyler Neaveill) and the 400 medley relay (Bond, Furr, Neaveill and Payne), and fifth place finishes in the 200 medley relay (Bond, Furr, Neaveill, Payne) and the 400 free relay (Bond, Payne, Rykosky and Neaveill).
Julia Rassmussen earned the highest individual place on the women's side taking seventh in one-meter diving competition with a score of 206.10, besting her prior season high of 190.80. She also recorded a season best in 100 free competition and placed 11th overall.
Also cracking into the top 10 was Abby Hansen in the 200 fly with a time of 1:02.19, a season best for the freshman.
Western Illinois is back in the water on Saturday (Dec. 15) at Brophy Pool in Macomb. The dual meet against Illinois-Chicago will begin at 2 p.m.