LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, November 5. THE Cardinal men's and women's swimming and diving teams won 25 events to sweep BIG EAST rival West Virginia. The men won 183-112 with the women prevailing 186-105.
The Cardinals were paced by five swimmers and a diver who posted two or more wins in individual events. Carlos Almeida won three races with firsts in the 100- and 200-breast and the 400-IM. Diver David Zamkov swept the 1- and 3-meter boards. Sprint specialist Brendon Andrews was tops in 100-free and 100-back as well as anchoring the winning 400-free relay. For the women, Eszter Povazsay swept the 100- and 200-back and Aileen Cole won the 50- and 100-free.
"I am really pleased with the effort tonight," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. "We were prepared and our goal was to race hard and use the environment and the home advantage to our benefit. We wanted to swim at a whole different level than we performed against Tennessee and SMU. And that is what you always want to do as the season progresses – improve as you go."
U of L set the tone early by dominating the relays. The Cardinal women swept the top three places in the 200-medley relay. The A-relay team of Eszter Povazsay, Lindsay Rogers, Raine Thompson and Aileen Cole posted a time of 1:42.93. The men's took the top two spots in the 200-medley relay. Brendon Andrews swam the backstroke leg in 22.70. Carlos Almeida gave them a three body lead with a split of 25.00 in the breast. Pedro Oliveira went 22.01 in the fly and Matt Schlytter touched first with a freestyle leg of 20.55 for an overall time of 1:30.26.
In the grueling 1000-free, WVU's Kata Fodor took the race with U of L newcomer Lindsey LaPorte was second in 10:11.93 with fellow frosh Carly Munchel in close pursuit in third, going 10:20.07. On the men's side, the Cardinals finished in the top four spots led by freshman Charlie Bolgan who posted a 9:25.04 after taking the lead in a last second surge in the final two meters. Riley Martin touched second 9:25.12 and Kevin Bandy was the other scorer for the Cardinals with a time of 9:33.03.
In the 200-free, the Cardinals went 2-3-4 behind West Virginia's Lyn Ann Nelson. Breann McDowell touched second in 1:52.12 just ahead of teammate Fanny Lilliestrom (1:52.98) for the top Cardinal finishers. On the men's side, Hugh Simmonds from West Virginia outraced his two Cardinal challengers touching first in 1:41.25. Michael Pryor was second in 1:41.88 and Albert Lloyd touching third and Alex Burtch touching third 1:42.10.
It was a top three sweep in the 100-back for the Cardinals, Eszter Povazsay was first in 56.06, Krissie Brandenburg was second in 56.24 and Raine Thompson was third in 57.55. For the men, Brendon Andrews led wire-to-wire with a time of 49.73. Adam Isaacs surged into second in 52.99.
In the 100-breast, Therese Bergstrom's early lead paid off as the winner of the top-four sweep with a time of 1:03.33 and Gisselle Kohoyda was second in 1:04.54. Lindsay Rogers was third scorer with a time of 1:04.88. In the men's 100-breast, Carlos Almeida came from behind for the win in 55.69. Cardinal freshman Kameron Chastain was second in 55.92.
In the women's 200-fly, WVU's Mandie Nugent paced the field with a 2:01.32 with Cardinal Sarah Andrews reaching the wall in 2:04.88. In the men's 200-fly, Pedro Oliveira took an early lead and held off the Mountaineers for first in 1:47.68. WVU's Taylor Camp was second in 1:50.21 and Kevin Bandy was third, posting a time of 1:53.84.
In the women's 50 free Aileen Cole was first with a time of 23.40, Lacey Bobo was second in 24.15 and Mary Mittel was third in 24.20. In the men's sprint, Tim Squires won for the Mountaineers in 20.75 and Matt Schyltter was second in 21.31.
"Aileen had a special performance tonight ," said Albiero. "She gained so much from her NCAA experience last spring when she helped us final in the relay and her poise really showed tonight."
In the 100-free, Aileen Cole was first in 51.11 and Sarah Andrews touched second in 26.56. For the men, Brendon Andrews finishsed second in 45.02 with Albert Lloyd touching second in 46.58. Alex Burtch made it a top three sweep with a time of 46.75.
Eszter Povazsay notched her second win of the meet with a first in the 200-back, going 2:01.18. Krissie Brandenburg (2:05.82) and Niki Fyfe (2:06.82) made it a 1-2-3 sweep. Pedro Oliveira was first for the men, with his second win of the day, finishing almost 2 seconds ahead of the field in 1:48.39.
In the women's 200-breast, Gisselle Kohoyda won in 2:16.74 for the Cardinals. Teammate Therese Bergstrom was second in 2:17.21. Cardinal Carlos Almeida blew away the field in the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.36, Michael Haefner was second in 2:06.84. Kameron Chastain made it a sweep in 2:08.35.
"Carlos looked great tonight and Pedro (Oliveira) was posting some of his best in season times ever," said Albiero.
In the 500-free, the Mountaineers swept the top two spots, with Lindsey LaPorte posting the top Cardinal place with a third in 4:59.73. For the men, Shane Lichtenberg bested the field with a time of 4:35.54, with teammate Riley Martin touching second in 4:38.87. Michael Pryor made it a Cardinal sweep with a time of 4:41.52.
In the women's 3-meter diver, Lindsey Stephens took top honors with a score of 273.30. Nicole Knapp was second with a score of 217.87 and Nicole Glazer was third with a score of 211.65. Senior David Zamkov won for the Cardinal men, with a score 296.25. Cameron Dehn was second (292.05) and Heath Calhoun finishing third with a score of 266.63.
On the 1-meter board, Hannah Gadd posted a 297.52 with Lindsey Stephens right behind her in second (274.64). David Zamkov finished atop in the men's 1-meter with a score of 296.40 for his second win of the meet.
In the 100-fly, Raine Thompson (56.08) outreached WVU's Mandie Nugent (56.82). Freshman, Mary Mittel was third (57.01)to add points for the Cards. WVU's Taylor Camp paced the field with a time of 49.35. Pedro Oliveira was in hot pursuit for second (50.69) out-touching WVU's Brandon Carr (50.95).
In the 400 IM, Fanny Lilliestrom posted the fastest time with a 4:22.29, Stephanie Juncker was second with a time of 4:27.66. For the men, Carlos Almeida had the fastest time in 3:57.42, the only swimmer to finish in less than four minutes.
In the final events, the women's 400-free relay the A-relay of Aileen Cole, Lacey Bobo, Mary Mittel and Sarah Andrews had the fastest time of 3:27.57. For the men, after Albert Lloyd, Alex Burtch and Kameron Chastain handed over the race to anchor Brendon Andrews, whose blistering split of 44.71 gave the Cardinals a win by nine-one hundredths of a second.
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