Vali Preda and Carlos Almeida
Feb. 20, 2009
The Cardinals crowned three conference champions in Day 3, with Carlos Van Isschot (100-back) and Vali Preda (100-breast) and the men's 400-medley relay reaching the top of the podium. There were eight meet records set in tonight's session and 23 overall and counting in a meet that has showcased fast suits, fast pools and fast times. The Cardinals set eight school records as a part of tonight's session.
The U of L women are sitting in second after three days with 408 points. Notre Dame leads with 567. The Cardinal men are within striking distance trailing the Irish by 37 points sitting at 530 to Notre Dame's 567.
"What a day and what a night," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. "This was a great evening of tough racing. Our women continue to impress me with their leaps and bound improvement. Although the cards are stacked against us, we are still battling. On the men's side, we just had a great team effort and give us a great chance tomorrow. Great performances all around."
In the 400-IM, Amanda Henleben finished seventh in 4:22.64 in the finals for the Cardinals. Teammate Fanny Lilliestrom was third in the consols to add to the Cardinal point total with a 4:24.48. Abby Miller was eighth in that race, posting a time of 4:28.50. For the men, freshman Carlos Almeida made an NCAA B-cut when he finished second in 3:50.39 and set a school record during his prelim with a time of 3:49.88. Luke Wakefield added more U of L points in the finals with a seventh place finish in 3:58.00.
In the 100-fly, the men put four swimmers in the finals. Adam Madarassy finished second with a time of 46.93 but had his record from a year ago broken by Cincinnati's Josh Schneider who went 46.78. However, he did set a new U of L mark in the process. Freshman Tim Collins was fourth in 48.12 just out-touching senior Rafal Kuchta, who touched in 48.27. Freshman Doug Dietrich was eighth with a time of 48.89. In the consols, Kris Findorff was fourth with a time of 49.09. Raine Thompson set a new school mark, made the podium with a third place and made an NCAA B-cut, going 53.98. Freshman Lacey Bobo tied for fifth in the consolation race with a time of 56.02. Nicole Landisch scored in the B-final with a time of 56.74.
In the 100-breaststroke, senior Vali Preda was first with a time of 53.54, which was an NCAA qualifying time of 53.54 and a U of L benchmark. Teammate Sergiu Daghid was fifth, posting a time of 55.44. For the women, Therese Bergstrom was second with a time of 1:01.24, which was a 2008 NCAA qualifying times. Anna Dishuck won the consols with a time of 1:03.97 and freshman Sara Hartman hung on for fourth in that race with a time of 1:04.61.
In the 100-back, U of L teammates Carlos Van Isschot and Adam Madarassy dueled in the pool for the crown, with Van Isschot powering into the wall first in 47.41 which sets a new BIG EAST record and a new school mark as well. Madarassy was in hot pursuit with a time of 47.83. Peyton Bobo, who started in far outside in lane one, finished fourth in 48.84, more than a second faster than his qualifying time. For the women, Raine Thompson finished third in 55.03 for an NCAA B-cut and set a school record. Alana Berrocal was eighth with a time of 55.84. Whitney Campbell won the consols with a time of 55.24, shaving more than a second off her qualifying time.
In the 400-medley relay, U of L set a new BIG EAST record for the men with a time of 3:11.02 which is a school mark as well. Carlos Van Isschot had a slight lead in the first (backstroke) leg before handing it over to Vali Preda who put up a torrid split of 53.00 and took the lead for the Cardinals. Adam Madarassy's fly split of 47.19 was second fastest of the field as the Cards continued to pull ahead. Freestyle anchor Kris Findorff brought the Cards home in 43.84 for the win. For the women, the foursome of Alana Berrocal, Therese Bergstrom, Raine Thompson and Whitney Campbell combined to finish second in 3:39.28 to make an NCAA B-cut time and a school record.