02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 22:02
GRINNELL, Iowa- The Illinois College swimming & diving teams opened the Midwest Conference Championships on Friday by setting four school records across three events. The Lady Blues ended the first day of action in fifth place with 87 points, while the Blueboys were in sixth place with 75 points.
During preliminary swims on Friday morning, the day began with a school record in a time trial of the women's 200 Freestyle Relay as , , and totaled up a time of 1:43.99.
Two other school records followed in individual events as Marty Ambre qualified for the 'A' final of the 500 Freestyle with a record time of 4:48.55. Marks added another school record in the 200 IM, qualifying for the 'A' final in 2:11.85.
Four others qualified for 'B' finals after competing in the prelims. Jake Howey moved on in the men's 500 Freestyle (4:53.49), Edelstein also advanced in the women's 500 Freestyle (5:38.11), Colin Williams went to the 'B' final of the 200 IM in 2:05.04 and Russo made it to the 'B' final of the 50 Freestyle in 25.98 seconds.
In between prelims and the finals, diving took center stage. Monte Bushman and each placed seventh in their respective competitions, with Bushman totaling 231.10 points on the 1-Meter boards and Jenkins earning 329.35 points on the 3-Meter boards.
The first night of finals began with the 200 Freestyle Relay. Both IC teams finished in eighth place. The men's team of Owen Sheridan, Myles Genrich, Steven Lorett and Howey finished with a time of 1:33.38. The women's team of , , and combined for a 1:56.05.
Individual finals started with the 500 Freestyle. Ambre placed seventh in the event with a time of 4:52.01 and Howey was 15th in 4:56.30. On the women's side, Edelstein ended in 14th place with a 5:38.01.
In the 200 IM, Williams was 14th on the men's side with a 2:05.03. After that, Marks rebroke her school record from earlier in the day, touching in 2:10.52 and finishing third in the event.
In one other final, Russo took 11th in the 50 Freestyle, sprinting to a time of 25.70 seconds, the third-best time in school history.
The 400 Medley Relay closed out the night. The Blueboys were seventh in the event as Ambre, Williams, Lorett and Howey ended in 3:47.22. The Lady Blues took fifth as Bruce, Marks, Edelstein and Russo clocked in at 4:18.45, the third-best time in school history.
Day two of the MWC Championships gets underway tomorrow morning with prelims starting at 10 a.m.