Cougar Swimming & Diving Team Holds Fourth Place at Independent Championships

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    OAKLAND, Mich. -- As expected, University of Houston true freshman Yulia Pakhalina coasted to the individual meet title of the one-meter springboard diving event in Thursday's first day of competition at the NIC Championships in Oakland, Michigan. The regular-season meet serves as a conference championship for schools that compete as independents in swimming & diving.

    What was perhaps more unexpected than Pakhalina as a lock to win the diving events, if not a pleasant surprise, was the Cougars' 143-point performance on the initial day of the three-day competition. UH head coach Ginger Hurley thought Thursday's opening round of events would be the team's weakest day of the eight-team meet. When the day's scores were finally tallied, Houston was in a lofty fourth place with 143 points, trailing meet leader Cincinnati (193 points.) by just 50. Host Oakland University (186) and Northern Arizona (177) were also within striking distance at second and third, respectively.

    "Of the three I thought this might be our weakest day," Hurley said, "but we came out and had great marks. It was almost career-bests for each individual on the team across the board. Hopefully we picked up a little momentum and can come out and do it again in some better events for us Friday on day two."

    Though Pakhalina was in just one event she paced the team Thursday. The native of Penza, Russia, coasted to the championship in the one-meter springboard diving competition with a 10-dive score of 355.30 points. Though the sport is precise enough to score it to two decimal places, Pakhalina won the one-meter by almost a full 100.00 points. Her performance was expected as she was a Gold Medal winner in the Sydney Olympics for Russia and a former world champion on the three-meter springboard. Three-meter at the NIC meet will be held on Friday followed by platform diving on Saturday.

    In other events Thursday sophomore Falon Hopkins placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 23.89. The trio of Jelena Matovic, Stacey Ebeling and Jessica Blake all scored in the 200-yard individual medley, with Matovic picking up 14 points for a fifth place (2:08.99). Junior Elissa Nelson and Lucille Turpin scored in the 500-free with Nelson posting a career-best time of 5:01.59.

    Pakhalina may have dominated the diving but Cougar freshman Veronica Smith also managed to score for the team. Smith finished 13th in the field with over 176 points.

    Action in the NIC Championships continues through Saturday.

                                  NIC CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
                                   FEBUARY 22-24, 2001
                              DAY 1 Meet Finals (All Distances in Yards)
    

    Event 1 Women 200 Freestyle Relay Sponsor: Nina Bradley NIC Record: * 1:33.28 Cincinnati 02/1998 2000 NIC: ! 1:33.66 Cincinnati 02/2000 OUAC Pool: # 1:17.53 Wright State 11/1999 NCAA: ------ 1:30.76 Prov: ------ 1:33.48

    PL Meet ID Name Team Finals Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 3026 OAKLAND UNIVERSITY A OU 1:33.81 40 STRELETS, O.- SWABY, TAMARA- WARD, DANIELLE- FROLOVA, V.- 2 3071 WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIV. A WKU 1:34.27 34 CAREY, BRANDI- MOUNTFORD, S.- JANES, CHAR- ZERHUSEN, MEGAN- 3 3001 UC A UC 1:36.37 32 DE JONG, MAREIN- MEYER, GRANDY- CURTIN, J.- ELLIS, JENNY- 4 3011 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON A UH 1:37.05 30 EBELING, STACEY- MATOVIC, JELENA- WOLF, CINDY- HOPKINS, FALON- 5 3006 FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIV. A FAU 1:37.12 28 BEITEL, J.- SOLOMON, TESSA- PETERSSON, EMMA- PANCAKE, KELLY- 6 3021 NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIV. A NAU 1:38.20 26 FAZIO, LEIA- PETERSON, L.- SCOTT, SUSAN- ERICK, ELLEN- 7 3016 ISU A ISU 1:38.36 24 CROWDER, L.- BIRRER, DEBORAH- DANA, ROSINSKI- ERIKSON, B.- 8 3031 UL A UL 1:40.12 22 GREGALIS, ABBY- SAVCIC, DARINKA- CORDON, BEATRIZ- CARRILLO, S.-

    Event 2 Women 500 Free Sponsor: David & Charla Lau, Mike Simetkosky NIC Record: * 4:46.13 Arnould, South Carolina 02/1990 2000 NIC: ! 4:53.14 Oberg, Cincinnati 02/2000 OUAC Pool: # 4:53.49 Oberg, Cincinnati 02/1999 NCAA: ------ 4:46.31 Prov: ------ 4:54.89

    PL Meet ID Name Yr Team Finals Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Finals 1 1014 OBERG, MARIA UC 4:44.23*NCAA+ 20 2 1123 WARD, DANIELLE OU 4:54.33 Prov 17 3 1032 VANDER PLOATS, ANDREA FAU 4:54.99 16 4 1017 WEIS, ELIZABETH UC 5:00.26 15 5 1094 URBAN, CHELSEY NAU 5:00.49 14 6 1010 LIVINGSTON, TORI UC 5:01.21 13 7 1042 NELSON, ELISSA UH 5:01.59 12 8 1077 ATRASZ, RACHELLE NAU 5:02.98 11 * Consolations 9 1147 MOUNTFORD, SYDNEY WKU 5:01.19 9 10 1095 WARNER, ANNIE NAU 5:01.41 7 11 1002 CONRAD, SHAUNA UC 5:01.58 6 12 1050 TURPIN, LUCILLE UH 5:04.80 5 13 1128 GREGALIS, ABBY UL 5:04.84 4 14 1023 BRIE, KELLY FAU 5:09.17 3 15 1083 FAJARDO, MONIKA NAU 5:11.04 2 16 1008 HEWITT, LOUISE UC 5:11.84 1

    Event 3 Women 200 IM Sponsor: Aurit family & Laub family NIC Record: * 2:02.39 Beckwith, WKU 02/2000 2000 NIC: ! 2:02.39 Beckwith, WKU 02/2000 OUAC Pool: # 2:03.21 Beckwith, WKU 02/1999 NCAA: ------ 2:00.31 Prov: ------ 2:03.91

    PL Meet ID Name Yr Team Finals Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Finals 1 1138 CAREY, BRANDI WKU 2:02.42#Prov 20 2 1028 PETERSSON, EMMA FAU 2:05.64 17 3 1012 MCGIBBON, SERENA UC 2:07.05 16 4 1086 KURSISS, KRISTEN NAU 2:07.54 15 5 1041 MATOVIC, JELENA UH 2:08.99 14 6 1027 PANCAKE, KELLY FAU 2:10.54 13 7 1036 EBELING, STACEY UH 2:12.37 12 - 1109 KORNIYENKO, TANYA OU DQ - * Consolations 9 1087 LARSON, BROOKE NAU 2:09.25 9 10 1082 ERICK, ELLEN NAU 2:10.00 7 11 1102 AURIT, SHELLY OU 2:10.29 6 12 1009 KRISS, TARA UC 2:11.59 5 13 1011 LOOSOVA, MONIKA UC 2:12.42 4 14 1150 VANANTWERP, JULIA WKU 2:12.78 3 15 1021 BATLEY, KATIE FAU 2:12.97 2 16 1033 BLAKE, JESSICA UH 2:13.76 1

    Event 4 Women 50 Free Sponsor: Bonny Wrobel NIC Record: * 23.05 Dutcher, SCU 02/1998 2000 NIC: ! 23.55 Sheil, Cincinnati 02/2000 OUAC Pool: # 22.99 Strini, Cincinnati 02/1999 NCAA: ------ 22.77 Prov: ------ 23.45

    PL Meet ID Name Yr Team Finals Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Finals 1 1121 STRELETS, OKSANA OU 23.16!Prov 20 2 1004 DE JONG, MAREIN UC 23.79 17 3 1122 SWABY, TAMARA OU 23.83 16 4 1039 HOPKINS, FALON UH 23.89 15 5 1151 ZERHUSEN, MEGAN WKU 23.98 14 6 1030 SOLOMON, TESSA FAU 24.15 13 7 1013 MEYER, GRANDY UC 24.23 12 8 1022 BEITEL, JACQUELINE FAU 24.53 11 * Consolations 9 1106 FROLOVA, VERONICA OU 24.37 9 10 1114 LYNN, YVONNE OU 24.50 7 11 1145 KOSTELNIK, KRISTY WKU 24.55 6 12 1144 JANES, CHAR WKU 24.58 5 13 1084 FAZIO, LEIA NAU 24.60 4 14 1058 CROWDER, LINDSAY ISU 24.80 3 15 1061 ERIKSON, BRITTANY ISU 24.82 2 16 1091 PETERSON, LINDSAY NAU 24.85 1

    Event 5 Women 1 M Diving Sponsor: Goslin Residential Builder NIC Record: * 632.40 Ruehl, Cincinnati 02/1996 2000 NIC: ! 389.75 Hernandez, Houston 02/2000 OUAC Pool: # 443.75 Trostel, Cincinnati 02/1999

    PL Meet ID Name Yr Team Finals Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 1044 PAKHALINA, YULIA UH 355.30 20 2 1154 LYNCH, MICHELLE WKU 255.85 17 3 1019 KELLERMAN, CASSIE UC 249.85 16 4 1119 SORLEY, LAURA OU 245.35 15 5 1096 MORGAN, KATE NAU 230.55 14 6 1098 WAGENER, MARYANN NAU 227.25 13 7 1152 JONES, SHANNON WKU 212.85 12 8 1105 CUNNINGHAM, DEVON OU 210.70 11 9 1097 MCKENZIE, COURTNEY NAU 204.80 9 10 1099 KOTCHKA, NICOLE NAU 203.45 7 11 1100 DEEM, ANNA NAU 179.85 6 12 1153 KACSIR, MARCI WKU 177.95 5 13 1048 SMITH, VERONICA UH 176.45 4 14 1063 LOVELLE, ANDREA ISU 164.40 3 15 1018 BURNS, AMBER UC 146.60 2 - 1117 PURUCKER, LESLIE OU 127.80 - - 1112 LIVINGSTON, KATIE OU 155.00 -

    Event 6 Women 400 Medley Relay Sponsor: Aurit family & Lynn family NIC Record: * 3:47.93 SCU 02/1998 2000 NIC: ! 3:48.47 Cincinnati 02/2000 OUAC Pool: # 3:53.35 Cincinnati 02/1999 NCAA: ------ 3:39.05 Prov: ------ 3:45.62

    PL Meet ID Name Team Finals Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 3027 OAKLAND UNIVERSITY A OU 3:46.00* 40 LYNN, YVONNE- FROLOVA, V.- KORNIYENKO, T.- STRELETS, O.- 2 3002 UC A UC 3:50.13# 34 3 3022 NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIV. A NAU 3:55.29 32 URBAN, CHELSEY- WARNER, ANNIE- BUTT, DARCY- ERICK, ELLEN- 4 3012 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON A UH 3:56.60 30 BLAKE, JESSICA- EBELING, STACEY- HOPKINS, FALON- MATOVIC, JELENA- 5 3007 FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIV. A FAU 3:57.27 28 6 3072 WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIV. A WKU 3:58.96 26 THOMAS, DEANNE- FISHER, NICOLE- JANES, CHAR- MOUNTFORD, S.- 7 3032 UL A UL 4:04.25 24 PEDDIE, TARA- CORDON, BEATRIZ- GREGALIS, ABBY- SAVCIC, DARINKA- 8 3017 ISU A ISU 4:04.81 22 DUDLEY, TIFFANY- CIRSTEA, DIANA- WOYTOWYCH, DEDE- CROWDER, L.-


     

     

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