Cincinnati Swimming Sweeps Crosstown Rival Xavier

CINCINNATI, Ohio, October 17. Cincinnati swimming took down Xavier in a pair of dual meet victories to kick off the season.  The men won 164-93, while the women claimed a 142.5-114.5 victory.

Cincinnati Press Release

The head coaching tenure of Mandy Commons-DiSalle got off to a rousing start with a sweep of crosstown rival Xavier on Friday night at the Keating Aquatics Center.

Powered by freshmen and two-time American Athletic Conference champion Jackie Keire, the men scored a 164-93 victory, while the women won by a margin of 142.5-114.5. In all, Cincinnati saw 10 individual events won by rookie swimmers.

Women’s Events
The Bearcats opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The squad was led-off by freshman Lindsay Niehaus(Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), followed by Helena Pikhartova (Prague, Czech Republic), Iuliia Fedoreeva (Barnaul, Russia) and Jackie Keire (Burlington, Ontario) who swam to a time of 1:46.28.

The freshmen continued to dominate in the 1,000 yard freestyle, with Sara Wanasek (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) scoring a victory with a time of 10:28.39.
Keire followed with her first individual victory of the day in the 200 freestyle, clocking-in at 1:52.30. Neihaus followed with an individual win in the 100 backstroke (57.85).

Emily Gibson (Irvine, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) became the third freshman with a victory in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:06.91 and was immediately followed by the fourth freshman win as Rachel Dover (Ooltewah, Tenn./East Hamilton) took home the 200 butterfly in 2:05.65.

Xavier collected its first win on the women’s side in the 50 freestyle before Keire’s second individual win of the day got the Bearcats first place points again. She finished in 51.74. The Musketeers took the 200 backstroke before Pikhartova scored the win in the 200 breastsroke (2:22.70).

Taylor Myzska (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) scored a decision 500 freestyle with a time of 5:10.43 before Dover scored another win in the 100 butterfly (57.33). Andrea Bartel (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid)capped individual action with the fastest time in the 200 IM at 2:10.78.

Keire, Pikhartova, Niehaus and Fedoreeva concluded the meet with a time of 1:37.42 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Men’s Events
Men’s action got underway with Tommy Easley (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin), Tyler Roehr (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove),Nick Lafleur (Montreal, Quebec/Loyola) and Connor Davis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) winning the 200 medley relay in 1:35.14.

The freshmen domination included the men, starting with Chris Bready (Missouri City, Texas/Lawrence E. Elkins) in the 1,000 freestyle. The rookie finished in 9:26.67. Redshirt freshman Eitan Holder (Caracas, Venezuela) followed with a 1:42.21 in the 200 freestyle to take first place.

XU won the 100 backstroke before Dan Gilbertson (Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) took home the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 57.81.

Ryan DiPietro (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) continued the freshman parade in the 200 butterfly, swimming a 1:54.05 to a victory.

XU followed with wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles before Todd Brannon (Duluth, Ga./Norcross/Colorado School of Mines) won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:55.76. Roehr was up next in the 200 breaststroke, winning with a mark of 2:08.27.

Bready’s second individual win of the day came in the 500 freestyle, where he clocked in at 4:38.66. Holder scored another victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.87. DiPietro then capped the individual session with the fastest 200 individual medley time of 1:57.38.

Action on the men’s side wrapped-up with the Musketeers taking the 200 freestyle relay.

Results: Cincinnati vs. Xavier