Home standing Louisville Splits with Wright State, Winning Women, Dropping Men

LOUISVILLE, KY, January 28. THE University of Louisville swim team resumed the dual season after the holiday break by splitting with visiting Wright State Friday evening in Crawford Pool, per Cardinal reports.

The Cardinal women won 144-99 but the men fell 117-114, with their meet coming down to the final relay.

"We swam an awesome meet tonight. I think our young team learned a lot," said head coach Arthur Albiero.

The U of L women started the meet with a win in the 400-medley relay. Larissa Niehoff, Heather Meng, Angie Nicolletta and newcomer Melanie Greyling dominate with a time of 3:59.49. The Cardinals won the next two events with Amanda Taylor winning the grueling 1000-free by more than five seconds. Newcomer Melanie Greyling, from Westville South Africa, who joined the team this semester, tied with Taylor for first in the 200-free.

"The women jumped out strong and didn't let up. We had some impressive swims during the meet," said Albiero. "It was good to see freshman Melanie Greyling get her first collegiate win with her tie with Amanda (Taylor).

Heather Meng took the 200-IM and the 200-breaststroke and senior Nicolletta won the 200-fly to continue the onslaught. Greyling got her first win outright with a first in the 100-free. Taylor picked up another win in the 500-free. Nicolletta, Emily Rabe, Kate Wilson and Leigh Smith touched first in the 400-free relay to seal the win.

The men started out with a win in the 400-medley relay with Andrei Teudean, Chris Lindauer, Kleber Ihara and Matt Maley turning in a time of 3:27.16. Adam Madarassy won the 200-free and Kleber Ihara took the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.8. Madarassy got his second win in the 200-fly with Teudean touching first in the 200-back.

"This was by far the best meet for the mean this season," said Albiero. "I have to give Wright State the credit. They played their cards right and it came down to the final relay, which is how dual meets should be."

"I thought Jon Farnham stole the show," said Albiero. "Madarassy's two wins kept us in and all three of Teudean's swims were great efforts. It was good to have Kleber Ihara back in the lineup where he made an immediate impact."

For the divers, Marianne Bradford won the 3-meter board and finished second in the 1-meter. Katie Elder edged out the 1-meter winner, Sarah Wyant by 3 points in the 3-meter event. Newcomers Robbie Lewis won both the 1- and 3-meter boards for the Cardinals.

"The divers continue to impress me. They consistently score points for us," said Albiero.

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