IUPUI vs. Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON, Illinois, January 28. THE Eastern Illinois men's and women's swimming squads splashed past visiting IUPUI on Friday afternoon. The Panther men won, 135-67, while the Eastern women avenged an earlier season loss to the Jaguars thanks to a 105-100 victory.

With the dual sweep the EIU men and women improve to 6-1 and 3-4 on the season, while IUPUI fell to 4-5 and 3-3, respectively.

"Today we kind of limited some people in what they were able to swim today, which we will also do tomorrow against Missouri State, particularly for the guys," said EIU head coach Matt Bos. "We do it for training purposes. So they can go out there and swim their best while also fine tuning some things in preparation of the Summit League meet. If we win the meet like we did today, then great, but we are keeping our sights on the goal of competing well at the league meet.

"The squads are coming around at the right time. Performance-wise we probably swam our best meet of the year today. But we look to improve and to swim our fastest at the end. We are looking sharper in the water and as we rest more, we expect to see more people coming around. But I can't be happier in where we are at in our training right now. So we are in a pretty good spot."

Individually, the men were led by sophomore Mike Lacine who set a new season best time while winning the 200-Free event (1:49.71), as did classmate Ken Tiltges in both his 50-Free (21.40) and 100-Free (47.28) sprint wins.

Juniors Rich Waszak and Matt O'Hagan also set new season-best times in their respective 100-Back (53.40) and 100-Breast (58.57) victories. Senior Cody Showers also touched first in his 100-Fly (52.68) event.

For the women, senior Megan Eshleman touched first in both the 1000-Free (10:48.44) and 500-Free (5:21.58) to lead all Panthers.

Meanwhile, Panther newcomer Mary Lacine won her 400-IM (4:48.25) event, as did senior Alyssa Lehman in the 100-Back, setting a new season best time of 1:00.78 in the process. Lastly, sophomore Kelli Dicanio also touched first in the 100-Breast (1:08.24).

In relays for the women, Lehman, Dicanio, Kate Paige, and Morgan Roberts joined forces to win the 200-Medley Relay (1:51.63), setting a new season-best time in the process. The men also captured first in the 200-Medley Relay, as Colin McGill, Joe Ciliak, Lacine, and Mike Lehman teamed up to also set a new season time of 1:35.52.

"Overall, was a very good win for the women's team today," said Bos. "They up and held on for the win, capturing first in some races while also grabbing a few second place points in order to pull out the win.

"It has been huge having the last stretch of the season here at home. We can keep on a normal routine and not have to travel, like we had to early on this season. Since we finished a bit early today, we should be rested come tomorrow morning, too.

"For a Friday afternoon we also had a nice crowd. Very happy with the support we are getting, both today and for the entire season. Our parents are doing a great job and it was nice to see other EIU student-athletes in attendance and showing their support," Bos said.

The Panthers will return to the water tomorrow (Jan. 29) morning, as the Missouri State Bears come to town for 10 am dual meet at EIU's Ray Padovan Pool. The dual with MSU was a late-season addition to the schedule.

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