UU Victorious in 1st Home Swim Meet
URBANA, Ohio (October 21, 2011) – Three years of anticipation ended on Friday night at the Urbana University Aquatics Center. For the first time since the start of the swimming program in 2008, the Blue Knights hosted a home meet. The historic night ended in a clean Blue Knight sweep. Urbana’s men defeated visiting Lake Erie College 100-86, while the women stopped the Storm 91-64.
A year ago at Lake Erie, Urbana fell in both matches against a stronger Storm squad, but the Blue Knights continued their rise up the NCAA Division-II rankings with a dominant performance on Friday night.
Breanne SchroederThe Urbana women notched wins in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle races and the 400-yard medley and free relays. Rachel Kelly won the 50 in a school record and lifetime-best 27.46. She finished runner-up in the 100 free to school record setter Breanne Schroeder (pictured). Schroeder also won the 200 free in a new school record 2:07.14, and she swam a school record 5:53.48 in the 500 free.
On the men’s side, Urbana claimed wins in the 50 and 100 free, the 200 fly, and the 400 medley and free relays. Senior Paul Miller won the 50 and 100 in times of 22.32 and 51.45, respectively. Miller is the reining conference champ in the 50 free. Newcomer Kim Helander set a new school record in his win in the 200 fly. Helander touched in at an even 2:00.49 for his second win in the fly this season. Freshman Matt Stover also set a new school record in the 500 free, finishing second in the event in 5:10.57.
All 22 times tonight were new pool records, and after waiting three long years to host their first home meet, the Blue Knights won’t have to wait long for the next one. Urbana welcomes Wheeling Jesuit University to town next Friday night. The Blue Knights and Cardinals will take aim at the new pool records beginning at 6:00 p.m.