JAGS CLOSE DAY 2 OF SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THREE MORE SCHOOL RECORDS
February 21, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI PRESS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks in part to three second-place finishes in the final three events, the IUPUI women's swimming and diving team remained in second place after Day 2 of the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships.
Jennifer Oleksiak, Alexus Laird and the 200 freestyle relay team closed out the final three events with second-place showings and new school records to help the Jaguars tally 195 points through 14 events. Denver is in first place with 375.5 points.
"I thought we came out a little slow this morning, but I thought everybody stepped up this evening and gave us the boost we needed," head coach Matt Bos said. "From Natalie Trout going under five minutes in the 500 free, to Jenny and Lexi breaking school records in the 200 IM and 50 free, it was a great evening for us and hopefully we can carry that into tomorrow."
In the morning preliminaries, the Jags had at least one individual make the 'A' final in all three individual swimming events – the 500 freestyle, the 200 IM and the 50 freestyle.
Margaret Barber qualified for the 'A' final in the 500 free by securing the final spot with a time of 5:01.09. Natalie Trout shaved three seconds off her lifetime best in the 500 free prelims to earn the second seed in the 'B' final by touching the wall in 5:02.65.
In the 200 IM, Oleksiak clocked the third-best time with a mark of 2:06.59 to secure a high seed in the 'A' final, while Mary Klueh moved into the Top 10 in IUPUI history with a personal-best time of 2:09.46 to find a spot in the 'B' final.
In the final swimming event of the morning prelims, Laird placed seventh in the 50 free with a time of 23.72, while the trio of Maranda Buha, Madison Taylor and Brittani Grove all made their way to the 'B' final with times of 24.15, 24.28 and 24.45, respectively.
In the evening finals, Trout got IUPUI off to a great start in the 'B' final of the 500 free clocking a time of 4:59.79 to finish 10th, marking a personal-best and the third-best time in school history. Barber then followed with a time of 4:58.91, the second-best time in school history, to place sixth overall.
IUPUI then received back-to-back all-conference swims from Oleksiak in Laird. In the 200 IM 'A' final, Oleksiak was sixth after the first 100 yards, before making a final push. After her 50 yard breaststroke, Oleksiak had climbed into third place, and she then managed to rise another spot after the final 50 finishing second overall with a time of 2:04.31. That time set a new school record by more than two seconds.
Laird then followed Oleksiak's lead by finishing second out of lane seven in the 50 free with a school-record time of 23.42, besting Lizzie Bourgeois' school-record of 23.49.
Klueh managed to finish 15th overall in the 200 IM, while Buha, Taylor and Grove placed 10th, 11th and 15th, respectively, in the 50 free.
IUPUI also secured some points from Melissa Berger in diving as she placed eighth overall in the 1-meter.
To close out the evening, the 200 freestyle relay team of Laird, Buha, Grove and Taylor set a new school-record of 1:35.09 en route to a second-place finish. In the opening 50 yards, Laird's lead-off split of 23.34 set a broke her own school record that was set nearly 45 minutes earlier.
The Jags continue action on Friday, Feb. 21, with morning prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and evening finals resuming at 6 p.m. On Friday, senior swimmers and divers from all Summit League institutions will be honored beginning at 6 p.m.