The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team beat state rival Kentucky by the narrowest of margins Saturday afternoon at the Lancaster Aquatic Center. The men won 152-148 and the women prevailed 168-132.
“It is always good to win a dual meet on the road,” said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. “Our women stepped up across the board and really kept in control of the meet throughout. Our depth made a big difference today. The men had to battle some early adversity and put together a great second half to guarantee a win on the road.”
U of L got multiple wins from Abby Chin (1000-free, 500-free), Kelsi Worrell (50-free, 100-free, 400-free relay), Joao De Lucca (200-free, 100-free, 400-free relay), Kameron Chastain (100-breast, 200-breast) and Tanja Kylliainen (200-fly, 200-IM). Caryle Blondell (50-free, 400-free relay) and Alex Burtch (200-IM and 400-free relay) also reached the top of the podium more than once.
Here is a race by race synopsis:
In the 200-Medley Relay, Eszter Povazsay (26.94), Gisselle Kohoyda (29.49), Tanja Kylliainen (25.00) and Kelsi Worrell (22.73) combined for a 1:44.16 and a second place finish. Worrell’s anchor was the fastest in the field. The men’s A-relay was disqualified but the B-relay of Nathan Kinney (24.57), Addison Bray 26.28, Albert Lloyd(22.70) and a strong anchor by Samuel Hoekstra (19.90)got third place points with a 1:33.45.
In the grueling 1000-free, Abby Chin touched 28 seconds ahead of the first Kentucky swimmer with a time of 10:07.34. U of L made it a sweep with Victoria Mitchell touching in 10.11.07 and Carly Munchel taking third in 10:25.26. For the men, Draganosky touches second with 9:27.68. Charlie Bolgan was fourth in 9:42.77.
In the women’s 200-free,freshman Kelsi Worrell hit the wall in 1:48.40 for the win. The men swept the top three places, led by Joao De Lucca’s 1:38.21. Alex Burtch was second, going 1:40.21 with Albert Lloyd in hot pursuit for third in 1:40.59.
In the 100-back, Brittany Robinson was edged and finished second in 55.80 with teammates Erica Belcher touching third (56.40) and Mary Mittel getting fourth with a 57.93. Nolan Tesone was the top Cardinal finisher with a third place time of 50.89.
In the 100-breast, U of L’s Gisselle Kohoyda finished second with a time of 1:03.48. Lucy Kramer was third with a time of 1:07.27. The men took three of the top four spots with Kameron Chastain took top honors with a time of 55.20. Michael Haefner was third in 57.46 and Addison Bray was fourth in 58.22.
In 1-meter diving, Lindsey Stephens’ run at the Cats fell just short with a score of 305.03, just six points behind winner Christa Cabot’s 311.33. In men’s one meter Nikolas Sachs was the top Cardinal diver and finished fifth with a 291.67.
In the 200-fly, Cardinal Tanja Kylliainen took first with a time of 2:00.87 with Devon Bibault touching second, boarding a 2:02.70. Cardinal senior Kevin Bandy was first in the 200-fly with a 1:51.63.
In the 50-free, Grite Apanaviciute was second with a time 23.58. Teammates Breann McDowell was fourth in 23.76. Caryle Blondell won the men’s 50-free with a time of 20.37. Samuel Hoekstra was in his wake, touching second in 20.53.
In the 100-free, Kelsi Worrell bested the field with a 50.38. Breann McDowell was third, going 51.22 and Grite Apanaviciute touched third in 51.56. In the men’s 100-free, Joao De Lucca beat the field by a second with a time of 44.64. Hoekstra was third, posting a 45.98.
The Cardinals did not win the women’s 200-back, but they did go two-three-four, led by Eszter Povazsay’s 2:00.20 and with Erica Belcher finishing third in 2:00.95 and Victoria Mitchell in fourth with a 2:01.96. Nolan Tesone won for the men with a time of 1:48.02, followed by Juan Lopez was 1:50.00. Evan Noble was third, posting a 1:50.84.
In the 200-breast, Gisselle Kohoyda won with a 2:16.27 and teammate Tanja Kylliainen was third in 2:22.97. The Cardinal men took the top five spots in the 200-breast, led by Kameron Chastain’s 2:02.12. Second was Addison Bray in 2:03.79. Just a blink behind Bray was Michael Haefner with his 2:03.84 for third. Dexter Thomas was fourth (non-scoring) with a 2:06.24 and Mike Stratton was fifth with a 2:08.47.
In the women’s 500-free, Abby Chin was first with a time of 4:56.64 followed by Cardinal teammate Victoria Mitchell’s 4:58.10. For the men, Bryan Draganosky was second as the top Cardinal finisher with a time of 4:36.32.
In the 100-fly, U of L’s Devon Bibault was the top Cardinal with a third place time of 56.14. For the men, Pedro Coutinho was third with a time of 50.10.
In the 200-IM, Tanja Kylliainen scored the victory with a time of 2:04.37 with teammate Erica Belcher touching second in 2:05.06. The men swept the top six slots (scoring in three) led by Alex Burtch’s 1:51.26. Nipping his heels was teammate Nolan Tesone who put up a 1:51.68. Next was Evan Noble’s third place time of 1:51.93. Albert Lloyd was fourth with a time of 1:52.86. Dexter Thomas was next with a 1:52.86 just ahead of Michael Haefner’s 1:56.03.
In the final event, the 400-free relay, the foursome of Caryle Blondell(43.69), Samuel Hoekstra (44.89), Alex Burtch (45.17), Joao De Lucca (43.99) combined for a first place time of 2:57.74 to give the Cardinals the narrowest of wins for the meet. The women sealed their victory with a six second win. Kelsi Worrell (50.17), Breann McDowell (50.43), Grite Apanaviciute (50.22) with Eszter Povazsay anchoring in (51.64)for a time of 3:22.46.
“We look forward to celebrating our seniors next Friday against Indiana in our final home meet,” said Albiero.