Bellarmine vs Evansville
- Saturday 15 January 2022
- Louisville, Ky.
Thanks to: Evansville Athletics
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -The University of Evansville swim and dive teams picked up where they left off in the fall on Saturday, when the Purple Aces defeated the homecoming Bellarmine Knights in a double encounter at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The UE men remained unbeaten in dual-meets this season with a 156-106 win, while the UE women improved to 5-1 in dual-meet action with a 142-118 win.
“Today was a total team effort from both sides,” said UE head swimming and diving coach Stuart Wilson. “We had a lot of different people stepping up, and it was good to see both teams fighting again after two months off from competition.”
The UE men won 10 of the meet’s 14 events, with three Purple Aces taking two wins that day. Sophomore Jackson Caudill (Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County HS) took victories in both the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events with times of 4:46.09 and 9.47.88, respectively. Junior Riccardo Di Domenico (Johannesburg, South Africa) also won both the 100-(47.39) and 200-yard freestyle (1:43.51), while freshman Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) won both the Won 100-yard backstroke (52.03) and 50-yard freestyle (21.75). Patrik Vilbergsson, who arrived mid-year, also impressed at his first meeting in UE, setting the fastest time of the year for the Purple Aces in the 200m backstroke at 1:55.47, finishing the event by more than two seconds won.
The UE women also won 10 of the meet’s 14 events, with junior Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview HS) putting on a show winning three individual events in three swims. Jahns started the competition by winning the 1000m freestyle in a time of 10:48.47, before returning to win the 200m backstroke title by over six seconds in a time of 2:05.01. Then, four events later, Jahns returned to the pool to win the 500m freestyle by over 14 seconds with a strong time of 5:14.73.
Senior Jessie Steele (Houston, Texas/Klein) and junior Maya Cunningham (Yakima, Wash./Eisenhower HS) both also posted doubles for the UE women, as Steele won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, while Cunningham home titles in the 200-yard butterfly and IM events.
“What Sarah was able to do today was impressive, and she really showed up when we needed her,” Wilson said. “I thought the women did a great job of staying together as a team today.”
Evansville will take the following week off before returning to the road on Friday, January 28, as UE will travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the nationally ranked Indiana Hoosiers.
Thanks to: Bellarmine Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky.. – Despite a few losses to Evansville, Saturday was an emotional plunge for the Knights as 11 seniors were honored at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center.
Meghann McLaughlin – Specialization: Nursing | Residence: Federal Way, Wash.
Jelly Million – Main subject: Communication | Hometown: North Vernon, Ind.
Elizabeth Schrenger – Specialization: Nursing | Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky.
Maya Sörensen – Major: Actuarial Science and Economics | Bloomington, ill.
Rachel Walker – Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Jeffersonville, Ind.
Avery Witcher – Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Bowling Green, Ky.
Aubrey Archer Adams – Major: Human Movement Sciences/Pre-Physiotherapy | Hometown: Covington, Kentucky.
Chance Fiallo – Specialization: Chemistry | Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.
Conner Lynn – Major: Biology | Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky.
Daniel Sims – Major: Criminal Law/Sociology | Hometown: Fort Wright, Ky.
Matthew Sims – Specialization: Nursing | Hometown: Fort Wright, Ky.
This was the penultimate home game for those seniors, with the Knights taking on Ball State one more time on January 28 at Mary T. In the end, the women’s team (3-4) fell this afternoon with a final score of 142-118 while the men’s team (2-2 ) lost 156-106.
The women of Bellarmine were led by four firsts on Saturday, including several seniors. Walker won the 200 freestyle (1:56.88) and 100 butterfly (58.64), while Schrenger was victorious in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.42). Freshman Lexi Pierce hit the wall first in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.24). Witcher was second in the 1000 freestyle (11:15.77) and Sorensen was second in the 100 backstroke (1:01.35), adding more solid performance for the seniors. Junior Anna Holt also took second place in the 200 butterfly (2:13.06) and 500 freestyle (5:28.82). Other individual second places came from Liz Stevenson in the 100 freestyle (56.04) and Pierce in the 200 IM (2:14.77).
The men were again led by the Sims brothers, who took two wins each. Matthew Sims sustained dominance of the 200 butterfly (1:52.75), beating second place by just under five seconds. He also took first place in the 100 butterfly (50.48). Twins and fellow seniors Daniel Sims first in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.44) and 200 IM (1:56.54). Second place for the men including freshmen Brandon Thomas in the 1000 freestyle (9:54.22) and 200 IM (1:57.99), M. Sims in the 200 freestyle (1:44.50), junior Logan Jackson in the 50 freestyle (22.10), freshman JP Metzner in the 100 freestyle (47.97), and junior Greyson Williams in the 200 backstroke (1:57.89).
Saturday was Bellarmine’s first meeting in over a month. The Knights return to action at Xavier next Saturday, January 22. The women’s doubles kicks off at 11:00 AM, while the men’s doubles kicks off at 1:30 PM.