ODU Gets First Win of 2006 Against George Washington University
Dec. 3, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Both the men's (129-89) and women's (130-94) swim/dive teams scored decisive victories against George Washington University on Saturday. Powered by 17 ODU first places the Monarchs won for the first time in 2006-07. Patrik Balint and Tyler Haverty continue to pace the men's team while the women used a team effort to put away the Colonials
Diana Hurst (10:40.50), Emily Smidlein (10:55.24), and Kendra Hogg (11:01:05) finished one, two, three in the women's 1000 freestyle, the first individual event of the day. Next, BeBe Abraham (1:58.09) and Lauren Timby (2:01.35) then finished first and second in the 200 free. After Liza Moiseeva won the 50 free (25.15) finished with four in the top five of the 200 individual medley. The IM found three more Lady Monarchs gaining team points in Jennifer Sargent, Blayne Knapp, and Lauren Cook. The team effort continued with Jasmine Moore (222.75) and Maury Mathis (166.53) earning points in the 1 meter dive contest.
It wasn't until the 13th event that ODU had a Lady Monarch repeat as a point winner when Hurst won the 200 fly with a time of 2:15.21. Christina Gianni joined the party with her time in the 200 fly of 2:19.36. The ladies finished one, two, three again in the 500 freestyle behind the strokes of Timby, Smidlein, and Hogg. The Lady Monarchs were victorious 129-98.
Balint and Haverty have swam very well all season long and maintained success against the Colonials. Balint won the 200 backstroke (1:50.00) and swam a leg nf the winning 400 medley relay team (3:35.16). Haverty notched two individual wins in the 50 free (21.90) and the 100 free (48.43). Also grabbing wins for the men's team was Daniel Lundberg in the 200 breast (2:15.67), Peter Stickl in both the 3 meter (244.58) and 1 meter (254.70) dives, Kirk Weldon in the 200 IM (2:01.65), and Michael DeNise in the 1000 free (10:10.81).
The Monarchs finish up the fall semester with momentum, grabbing the first win of the 2006-07 season. The two teams don't return to action again until January 20th when they head to Harrsonburg, Virginia to face off against the Dukes of JMU and the Howard University Bison.