INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After nearly a month off of competition, Leatherneck swimming and diving took third (men) and fourth (women) at the IUPUI Quad meet held at the IUPUI Natatorium on Saturday (Jan. 12).
"The team had a tough time coming out of the hardest training the team has experienced all season," head coach Greg Naumann said. "We had some respond well and others struggled. The best thing I noticed is how everyone is racing better. What they are doing during their races has gotten much better, and we're not seeing as many mental mistakes. Julia Rassmussen had her best meet on the diving boards, and to have the guys lose by just six points to IUPUI is phenomenal."
Turning in the lone first place finish in the men's competition for Western was Matt Abercrombie in the 1650 free (16:41.40). He edged out runner-up Rich Sunkel of IUPUI by less than a half of a second to record the win.
Earning a runner-up finishes were Tyler Neaveill in the 100 free posting a time of 48.31, Kevin Arakaki in the 200 back swimming 2:02.85, and JD Furr in the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.44. The 200 medley relay team of Jonathan Bond, Furr, Neaveill and Austin Payne also took second with a time of 1:38.29.
Jacob Shain posted two third place finishes in the 200 fly and 100 fly swimming 2:02.64 and 55.01, respectively. Also adding third place performances for the men were Arakaki in the 100 back (55.83), Neaveill in the 50 free (21.95) and the 400 free relay team of Bond, Payne, Dylon Rykosky and Neaveill (3:16.02).
In diving competition, Doug Ogilvie posted a second place finish in one-meter with a score of 286.25, just missing a season-best performance, and a third place finish in three-meter competition with a season-high score of 310.80.
earned the lone event title in the women's competition winning one-meter diving with a season-best score of 235.65. She improved her score by an impressive 23.25 point margin.
Earning third place finishes for the women in two events was Lizzie Hollopeter in 100 back (1:03.25) and 200 back (2:15.62) competition.
The Leathernecks return to competition in Macomb on Friday (Jan. 18) in a tri-meet against Summit League conference members Eastern Illinois and South Dakota.
DUAL MEET SCORES
Saint Louis 95.50 - Western Illinois 44.50
IUPUI 73.00 - Western Illinois 67.00
Saint Louis 103.00 - Western Illinois 32.00
Marshall 96.00 - Western Illinois 31.00
IUPUI 114.00 - Western Illinois 21.00