Oct. 16, 2008
The University of Louisville women's swimming and diving team won seven events and took host Tennessee down to the final two races before falling 168-132 Thursday afternoon in Knoxville in the opening dual meet of the season.
"I think this is the best display of competitive swimming in dual meet action in my tenure," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. "We fought Tennessee to the wire and it speaks volumes about their character. We walked away a better team than we were when we walked in."
The Cardinals struck first when they finished first and third in the 200-medley relay. The A-relay team of Whitney Campbell, Therese Bergstrom, Nicole Landisch and Liz Halet combined to post a time of 1:43.74. Coming in third in hot pursuit of Tennessee was Raine Thompson, Kristi Eramo, Fanny Lilliestrom and Anna Dishuck, who went 1:47.16.
The 1000-freestyle was won by Amanda Henleben who touched the wall in 10:10.42. Stephanie Juncker finished 5th at 10:29.62.
Liz Halet was U of L's top finisher in the 200-free with a third place and a time of 1:53.01 with Anna Dishuck touching fifth in 1:56.11.
In the 100-back, newcomer Raine Thompson
scored for the Cardinals with a second in a time of 57.04. Fellow frosh, Lacey Bobo
, was fourth with a time of 59.05.
Therese Bergstrom won the 100-breast in 1:04.38 with Sarah Hartman taking third in 1:05.44.
In the 200-fly, Abby Miller was second in 2:05.09 and Jenny Schimenti was right in her wake in third at 2:05.93. In fifth was Fanny Lilliestrom, who posted a time of 2:06.64.
The Cardinals swept the top three spots in the 50-free led by Nicole Landisch's 23.65. Whitney Campbell was right behind her, touching at 23.72. Aileen Cole reached the wall third in 23.82.
In 1-meter diving, McKenzie Long finished third with newcomer Kayla Purkiser posting a fourth place for the Cardinals.
Liz Halet was the fourth Cardinal to win an event when she reached the wall first in the 100-freestyle, going 51.24. Aileen Cole was fifth with a time of 53.01.
In the 200-back, Raine Thompson posted a time of 2:02.23 in a lifetime best and finished second. Stephanie Juncker was fourth, going 2:09.09.
Therese Bergstrom won the 200-breast in a time of 2:18.62. Fanny Lilliestrom touched fourth in 2:20.19. Sarah Hartman was fifth in 2:21.28.
In the 500-free, Amanda Henleben touched second in 4:58.93 with Laura Clark finishing fifth in 5:09.52.
In the 100-fly, Nicole Landisch was third in 56.44 and Jenny Schimenti touching fifth in 57.41.
Kayla Purkiser won the 3-meter board with McKenzie Long placing third.
Abby Miller finished third in the 200-IM, posting a time of 2:07.32. Fanny Lilliestrom was fifth, with a time 2:07.78.
In the final race the Cardinal foursome of Anna Dishuck, Whitney Campbell, Aileen Cole and Liz Halet finished second in the 400-free relay, going 3:26.58.