Louisville Swimming And Diving Overwhelms Cincinnati

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LOUISVILLE – The Louisville swimming and diving teams won 29 of 32 events Saturday afternoon to overwhelm the Cincinnati Bearcats in both the men’s (210-87) and women’s (204-94) meets.

Louisville Press Release

The No. 9-ranked University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team swept visiting Cincinnati Saturday morning in the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The men won 210-87 and the women won 204-94.

“The ultimate goal is to make progress. We had so many individuals swimming slightly different races that they don’t swim all the time and that was the challenge to the group … to make sure we keep component training and make the little things work,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “I feel like overall we did a pretty good job. We saw some progress, and the challenge was to go faster in some spots than we have done at any point up to this season. I think we achieved a lot of that today, so it’s a good meet for us. It’s good to be home after being on the road, and now we get ready for a big challenge coming up this coming weekend.”

The Cards won all but three races and were led by multiple winner Tanja Kylliainen’s wins in the 1650 free, the 400 IM and the 200 medley relay. Her time in the 400 IM made an NCAA B-cut by 5.5 seconds. The top men’s scorer was Trevor Carroll who won the 100-free and the 200-medley relay. Lucy Kramer won won the 100 and 200 breast, and Kristina Steins swept both backstroke events. Matthias Lindenbauer won both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Kelsi Worrell won the 50 free, the 200 fly and the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

Here is a race-by-race recap:

In the women’s 200 medley relay, the foursome of Tanja Kylliainen (26.03), Andrea Cottrell (28.63), Kelsi Worrell (23.69) and Maggie Patterson (23.41) combined for a 1:41.76 and second place. The B-relay of Mackenzie Buss, Lucy Kramer, Hannah Magnuson and Andrea Kneppers went 1:45.81 for second.

The men’s 200 medley won in a time of 1:29.13 from Grigory Tarasevich (22.66), Thomas Dahlia (24.95), David Boland (21.23) and an anchor of 20.29 from Trevor Carroll.

In the grueling 1650 freestyle, Tanja Kylliainen touched in 16:38.00 after leading wire to wire. Marah Pugh was second in 16:55.98.

In the men’s 1650, Bryan Draganosky touched first in 15:39.32 after leading the entire way. Jake Schultz was third in 162572.

In the women’s 200 freestyle, Cincinnati’s Jackie Keire posted the Bearcats’ first win with a 1:49.93. Tanja Kylliainen was second in 1:50.58 and Andrea Kneppers was third in 1:50.69.

Matthias Lindenbauer won the men’s 200 free with a 1:38.81, Ruben Izarra was second in 1:40.17 and freshman Jonathan Zoucha made it a sweep with a third place time of 1:42.02.

Kristina Steins won the women’s 100 back with a 56.9 with Mackenzie Buss right on her heels for second, touching in 57.33.

Nick Hasemann took the men’s 100 back in 50.32 with teammate Josh Quallen touching second in 50.67. Caryle Blondell was third in the 100 back with a 52.34.

Women’s 100 breast was won by Lucy Kramer who touched in 1:05.01. Maggie Patterson was second in 1:05.09.

In the men’s 100 breast, Carlos Claverie was into the wall with a first place time of 55.46. Todd Owen was second in 56.47.

In the 200 butterfly, Kelsi Worrell boarded an NCAA B-cut of 1:58.27 for first. Devon Bibault was third 2:09.31.

In the men’s 200 fly was won by UC’s Ryan DePietro in 1:53.24 just edging Rudy Edelen’s 1:53.34 for second. Pedro Coutinho was third in 1:53.77.

Kelsi Worrell won the women’s 50 free in 23.06 with UC’s Jackie Keire was secon in 23.78. Ashley LeClair was second 24.43.

In the men’s 50 free, Caryle Blondell was first with a 20.71 with teammate Thomas Dahlia touching second in 21.16. Estefan Albiero was third in 21.51.

Emily Stalmack won the 3 meter diving with a score of 300.83, just edging teammate Andrea Acquista’s 298.73. Alessandra Murphy tied for second at 298.73.

In the men’s 1-meter diving event, Sean Piner was first with a score of 317.32. Ryan Bohn was second with a 209.32.

In the women’s 100 free, Jackie Keire won her second event with a 51.08, just edging Rachel Grooms who touched in 51.45 and Abigail Houck’s 52.92.

Men’s 100 free was won by Trevor Carroll’s 45.05, nearly two seconds ahead of the field. Christian Garkani was second in 47.43, tying with UC’s Michael Kaplan.

Kristina Steins took the women’s 200 back with a 2:02.69, with Abby Chin making it a 1-2 sweep with a 2:04.77.

In the men’s 200 back, Josh Quallen was first in 1:50.81 and teammate Nick Hasemann touched second in 1:52.13.

Lucy Kramer had her second win with a win in the 200 breast, going 2:21.13. In the men’s event, Freshman Todd Owen was first in 2:03.34, Tesone was second in 2:05.65 and Dexter Thomas e made it a top-three sweep with a third place time of 2:06.46.

In the women’s 500 freestyle, Marah Pugh won with a time of 4:55.82 with Devon Bibault was second in 5:01.24. Lauren Herich was third in 5:07.30.

In the men’s 3-meter diving, Sean Piner won with a 331.95 and Ryan Bohn was second with a 234.30. In the women’s 1-meter diving, Andrea Acquista posted a 271.50 and Emily Stalmack was second with a score of 249.22.

The men’s 500-free was won by Matthias Lindenbauer who dueled down the stretch for the win in 4:34.81 just beating UC’s Chris Bready,who touched in 4:34.96. Ruben Izarra was third in 4:42.32.

Women’s 100 fly was won by UofL’s Hannah Magnuson in 5672 with Andrea Kneppers into the wall second in 57.05.

Aaron Greene was first in the men’s 100 fly with a 49.84. Aaron Young had the second fastest time in 50.48 and Rudy Edelen went 50.70.

In the women’s 400 IM, Tanja Kylliainen had an NCAA b-cut time of 4:13.64. Abby Chin had the second fastest time with a 4:24.17 followed closely by Marah Pugh went 4:25.28, both in exhibition.

In the men’s 400 IM, Carlos Claverie went 3:56.85 for the win. Ryan Massey was third in 4:04.73 for the third fastest time.

In the women’s 200 free relay, Andrea Kneppers (24.14, Kelsi Worrell, 22.31, Ashley LeClair (24.11) and Maggie Patterson (23.35) combined for a 1:33.91 for the win.

In the 200 free relay, the Louisville A-relay of Trevor Carroll (20.74), Caryle Blondell (19.93), Matthias Lindenbauer (20.41) and Thomas Dahlia (20.22) to combine for a 1:20.30 and the win. The B-relay team of Nick Hasemann, Pedro Coutinho, Aaron Young, Rudy Edelen went 1:23.13 for second.

The Cards host North Carolina next Friday and Saturday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in the first official ACC dual meet.

“Well I think we’ll try to continue to see where we are, and continue to make adjustments and refine our lineup,” said Albiero. “There is a little bit of strategy involved, just because of a meet like that. It’s a two-day meet; it’s a little bit different meet. You swim three events each day, so there’s some limits on relays. So we have to make a really good assessment on where we’re going to be putting our pieces of the puzzle. But it’s an exciting time, it’s an exciting opportunity for us to swim our first ACC competition. We’re appreciative of North Carolina, and we’re looking forward to matching up with them.”

Cincinnati Press Release

Jackie Keire and Ryan DePietro combined for three individual wins on Saturday morning at Louisville as the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams competed against the nationally ranked Cardinals.

“Overall it was a good meet,” said head coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle. “We did a good job of staying competitive in races through the end of the meet. It was really good for us to compete in the morning and simulate a preliminary session, especially just about a month away from our December invitational (at Miami University). Today got our team in the mindset to compete hard early in the day.”

The men dropped the meet to No. 9 Louisville, 210.5-87.5, while the women fell to the No. 13 Cardinals, 204-94. It was the third competition in as many weeks for the Bearcats, who competed at Ohio State last weekend and swept crosstown rival Xavier two weeks ago.

Keire Still Strong at Ralph Wright

Keire (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) had a solid performance in the same pool she won a pair of American Athletic Conference individual championships last season. The sophomore won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.93, besting Louisville’s Tanja Kylliainen by less than a second. Keire completed the 100 freestyle in 51.08 to earn her second win, topping the Cardinals’ Rachel Grooms by less than half of a second. Those are the same two events Keire won league titles in last season at Louisville.

On Saturday, Keire also had a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle, with her time of 23.78 just behind UofL’s Kelsi Worrell, who finished in 23.06.

DePietro Continues Fast Start

DePietro (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) continued a strong start to his rookie campaign as the only Bearcats male to earn an victory. The freshman took home first-place points in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:53.24. He needed every second in a tight race, as Louisville’s Rudy Edelen finished just behind DePietro in 1:53.34.

It was the fourth victory in three meets this season for DePietro. He took a pair of events in the season-opener at Xavier (200 butterfly, 200 medley) before edging his brother, Chris, to take the 200 medley last week at Ohio State.

Up Next

The Bearcats have their first weekend off next weekend before traveling to Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 15. The trip to Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be a homecoming for assistant coach Matt Ense, who was a five-time Mid-American Conference champion for the Eagles.

“Now we go back to work and fine-tune some things before we head into our last dual meet (of the winter) at EMU,” Commons-DiSalle concluded.

Results: Cincinnati vs. Louisville

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