Jan. 24, 2009
The University of Louisville men's swimming and diving team broke a 14-meet win streak when they upended Kentucky 178-120. The women fell by a narrow margin, as the Wildcats preserved their 15-meet streak over the Cardinals with a 171-123 win in Lexington, Ky. at the Lancaster Aquatic Center Saturday evening.
"This was a big win for us against a team we have never beaten before," said Arthur Albiero, U of L head coach. "It shows our team depth and how our group came to race and fought off a hard-charging Wildcat team. It was great to walk away with a win.
The Cardinal women set two school records but fell just short, despite some hallmark swims by the ladies.
"To go on the road and face a good team was a challenge," said Albiero. "We still have some work to do but I am pleased with the progress of the group. And while we are disappointed in the outcome, it was a great meet with very close races before a huge crowd which will help us as we move closer to the BIG EAST Championship next month."
Highlights on the women's side include distance workhorse Amanda Henleben, who not only won the 1,000-free and the 500-free, but set two school records doing it. Junior sprinter Whitney Campbell took the 100-free in 49.84 but was just out-touched in the 50-free despite posting a time of 22.62, just three one-hundreths of a second behind UK. Therese Bergstrom won the 200-breast with a time of 2:13.96 and was second in the 100-breast with a time of 1:02.14. The Cardinals held on to win the final relay with a 1:31.15 200-free relay. Whitney Campbell led off, with Nicole Landisch, Aileen Cole swimming the middle legs and Liz Halet anchoring.
Highlights on the men's side included a blistering 200-medley relay performance by the Cardinal A-relay. Carlos Van Isschot
swam the backstroke leg in 22.42, with Vali Preda
posting a 24.25 breaststroke leg. Adam Madarassy
went 21.65 in the fly and Alex Sweet
anchored with a blazing 19.09 freestyle. Carlos Van Isschot
won the 100-back in 48.27. Vali Preda
won the 100-breast in 54.77 with newcomer Carlos Almeida touching second in 55.91.
The men raked in the full measure of points with a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200-fly with Pedro Oliveira winning in 1:46.91, Rafal Kuchta right in his wake with a 1:47.57 and freshman Doug Dietrich digging deep to touch third in 1:48.11. Auburn transfer Kris Findorff took first in the 50-free with Andrei Radzionau steaming in third at 20.20.
The Cardinals scored another trifecta with a sweep of the 100-free, led by Andrei Radzionau, who boarded a 43.81 for the win. Kris Findorff was close behind with a 44.36 for second and Carlos Van Isschot just a fraction behind for third in 44.56.
Pedro Oliveira set a school record in the 200-back with a 1:45.85 for the win. Vali Preda got his third win with top honors in the 200-breast, posting a time of 2:01.37. Carlos Almeida was second in 2:01.83.
The third sweep came in the 200-IM as Carlos Almeida was first in 1:49.27, Vali Preda was second in 1:49.88 and Luke Wakefield held off UK with a third in 1:51.76.
Although the meet was already decided, the Cardinals blasted off the blocks for a win in the 200-free relay with a 1:19.23 swim. Kris Findorff led off with a split of 20.07, Alex Sweet was next in the water with a 19.71 split. Adam Madarassy went 20.09 and Andrei Radzionau anchored in 19.36.
For the women, other point-scoring opportunities came in the 200-free when Liz Halet touched second with a time of 1:49.55 and Anna Dishuck was fthird in 1:50.82. Raine Thompson was third in the 200-back with a time of 2:02.10 and Anna Dishuck was fourth, going 2:04.86. Therese Bergstrom was second in the 100-breaststroke, posting a time of 1:02.14. Nicole Landisch scored second place points with a second place in the 100-fly with a time of 55.32. Anna Dishuck was second in the 200-IM with a time of 2:04.26. Fanny Lilliestrom was third, going 2:04.31. Therese Bergstrom was fourth in 2:07.69. Kayla Purkiser took second in both the 1- and 3-meter boards.
Scoring opportunities for the men also included Shane Lichtenberg's third in the 500-free and second in the grueling 1,000-free. Adam Madarassy took second in the 100-fly. With Rafal Kuchta touching third and Pedro Oliveira was fourth in 49.23. David Zamkov took second in the 1- and 3-meter boards.