INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 22, 2004. THE IUPUI women's swimming and diving team got to open one of their Christmas presents early Tuesday afternoon by downing Mid-Con foe Valparaiso 129-101 in their last dual meet of 2004.
The school reported the teams were fairly even in individual wins, with IUPUI holding a slight 6-5 edge. However, the Jags won both relays and used their depth to pull out the win.
The 200 medley quartet of Kristen Krey (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont),Clare Helphinstine (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield), Kelly Miller (Aurora, Ohio/Twinsburg) and Lauren Heyde (Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland) opened up the meet with a win in a thrilling match-up. Though the Jags led the majority of the race, Valpo was within a body length the entire time. In the end, the Jaguars pulled out the win with Heyde outtouching her opponent by .06 seconds.
Valpo pulled ahead 30-23 with wins in the next two races. Lindsay Anderson (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport) swam the 10th-fastest time in school history in finishing second in the 1000 free in 11:20.99. Heyde also finished second in the 200 free in 2:05.25.
Krey started the IUPUI comeback when she led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 50 freestyle for the Jags. She won the race with a time of 25.26. Amy Rowe (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and Allison Rober (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) finished second (26.08) and third (26.12), respectively. That put IUPUI ahead 39-33.
Valpo pulled briefly back ahead 46-45 with a win in the 200 IM. However, Jennifer Ridenour (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) put IUPUI ahead to stay 54-53 with a win in the one-meter diving event. She registered the victory with a career-best score of 206.63 points. Ridenour completed her sweep of the diving events later in the program with a winning score of 180.98 points in the three-meter springboard.
After Miller won the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:00.50, Krey picked up her second individual win of the meet. She finished first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.86.
Helphinestine helped the Jags clinch the meet with a win in the 100 breaststroke. She splashed to a time of 1:10.62, winning the race by 2.20 seconds.
Rowe, Miller, Rober and Ashley Jochum (Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge) put a stamp on the meet with a clocking of 1:44.02 in the 200 freestyle. They downed Valpo by 3.04 seconds to win the race.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Miller, Heyde, Kristen Krey (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) and Jessica Schlottman (Mt. Vernon, Ind./Mt. Vernon) swam the fifth-quickest race in school history with a time of 3:41.95, best by an IUPUI relay team this year.
Allison Rober (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and Olivia Bayer (Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo) both swam team season-best times in their individual events. Rober had a time of 2:17.11 in the 200 IM, while Bayer completed the 200 back in 2:22.11.
IUPUI's first meet of the new year will be on Jan. 7-8 when they take part in the Univ. of Indianapolis Invitational.