LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, October 26. THE University of Louisville swimming and diving teams swept visiting Miami of Ohio. The Cardinal women edged the Redhawks 158-142 by winning the final relay in dramatic style for the win. The men cruised to a 182.5 and 112.5 win. Both Cardinal teams now post a 1-1 record for the young season.
"This was a great team win and it was another step on our journey to prepare for the BIG EAST and NCAAs," said U of L coach Arthur Albiero. "These were great wins for both the men's and women's teams. They knew Miami would be tough as they are the MAC conference champions and know how to win. Today, I am proud of how we fought. The teams really stuck together and swam for each other."
Andrei Radzionau had three wins plus helping the 200-medley relay team to a win as U of L's top scorer. Leslie VanWinkle had three wins with Adam Madarassy getting two wins and setting a new pool record. Freshman Nicole Landisch had two wins and was a member of the meet clinching 400-free relay team. Diver Sarah Sandroni took the 3-meter board.
In the 200-medley relay, Miami took top points for the women with a time of 1:45.64. For the men, the foursome of Carlos Van Isschot, Vali Preda, Adam Madarassy and Andrei Radzionau motored to a win in1:31.80.
In the 1000-free, MU's Sarah Bullock led wire-to-wire for the win in 10:22.72. U of L's Amanda Henleben was in hot pursuit and made a last second surge at the end before being inched out in 10:23.17. For the men, U of L's Shane Lichtenberg won with a time of 9:30.44 and MU's Scott DuCharme was second in 9:55.93.
For the women in the 200-free, U of L's Liz Halet blazed to a win in 1:52.73 with teammate Whitney Campbell touching third at 1:56.31. For the men, Andrei Radzionau won convincingly in 1:40.61, as teammate Jordan Wessels placed second at 1:44.54 Luke Wakefield tied for third at 1:45.12.
In the 100-back, Leslie VanWinkle cruised to a victory in 58.14 with teammate Nicole Cindric finishing third at 58.73 in a hotly contested finish. Redhawk Malarie Schmidt broke up the sweep with a second in 58.62. The men's 100-back Carlos Van Isschot scored the win in 51.26 and Andrei Teudean was second in 52.27. Paul Augustus made it a sweep with a third in 52.85.
In the100-breast, MU's Karen Frazier was first in 1:04.25. Anna Dishuck was the top Cardinal in second just barely being edged in 1:04.75. Johanna Nyysti picked up points with a third at 1:05.75. For the men, Vali Preda won at 57.57 with teammate Chris Lindauer right in his wake at 57.63. Sergiu Daghid was third at 58.23.
In the 200-fly, U of L's Jenny Schimenti was just out-touched for second in a time of 2:08.63. For the men, Adam Madarassy was first at 1:50.29 and Rafal Kuchta surging to second in 1:53.36.
In the 50-free, Cardinal Nicole Landisch muscled to a win in 23.64 with teammate Liz Halet touching second at 24.08. For the men, Andrei Radzionau easily outpaced the field at 20.91 with Carlos Van Isschot in third at 21.71. Miami's Ryan McHugh was second at 21.32.
On the 1-meter spring board, Melissa Roemmeie was first with a score of 275.55 just edging McKenzie Long, who posted a score of 271.65. Sarah Sandroni was fifth. For the men, Robbie Lewis finished second with a score of 320.25.
In the 100-free Liz Halet was second in 52.25 and Whitney Campbell finished third with a time of 52.67. For the men, newcomer Andrei Radzionau powered to a first at 45.63 and senior Chris Lindauer touching third at 47.48.
For the 200-back, U of L's Nicole Cindric was second 2:08.05 with Alana Berrocal was fourth 2:13.48. The men swept the top three spots with Andrei Teudean touching first in 1:52.89 with Hal Graft second at 1:57.25 and Paul Augustus holding on for third 1:58.19.
In the 200-breast, Olympic Trial Qualifier Anna Dishuck won in 2:18.34. For the men, it was a Cardinal sweep with Vali Preda finishing fist at 2:09.17, Sergiu Daghid was second in 2:10.05 and Luke Wakefeld finished third at 2:12.88.
In the 500-free, the Cardinal women pulled out a one-two-three sweep with Leslie VanWinkle in first with a time of 5:05.49. Amanda Henleben was behind her for second in 5:07.92 and senior Leigh Smith held on for third with a time of 5:09.23. For the men, the Cards' Shane Lichtenberg touched second in 4:38.34 behind MU's Paul Ricard, who finished in 4:34.35. Cardinal Anthony Mason finished a strong third in 4:50.85.
In the women's 100-fly, Nicole Landisch was first in 56.02 for top points. In the men's event, Adam set a new pool record in 49.89 and Andrei Teudean was second at 51.59 and Rafal Kuchta was third with a time of 51.93.
Sarah Sandroni won the 3-meter board with 280.20 to add points and make it a two point meet going into the final two events. Robbie Lewis was edged for a second with a score of 360.45.
In the 400-IM, Leslie VanWinkle ran down Malarie Schmidt in the freestyle leg of this grueling race for first at 4:31.84. Jenny Schimenti finished third in 4:34.72 to put the Cardinals ahead by seven points going into the final relay. In the men's event, Luke Wakefield finished first in 4:08.66 with Vali Preda touching at 4:08.66.
With the victory coming down to the final 400-free relay, U of L finished first to take the meet. The foursome of Anna Dishuck, Nicole Landisch, Liz Halet and Whitney Campbell clinched the meet by posting a winning time of 3:27.73. Cardinals Taylor Tapp, Nicole Cindric, Rebecca Clark and Leigh Smith finished fourth. For the Cardinals the time 3:05.57 was good for first with Carlos Van Isschot, Chris Lindauer, Jordan Wessels and Adam Madarassy but they were exhibitioned out.
Special thanks to Louisville for contributing this report.