LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The No. 13-ranked University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team beat Houston 210-85 and Cincinnati 211-84 in an American Athletic Conference double dual meet Saturday afternoon in the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
The No. 8-ranked U of L men beat Cincinnati 234-65. Houston does not field a men’s team. The Cincinnati women beat Houston 168-130 the AAC matchup.
“The challenge for today was to race the way we want to race at championship time … a championship rehearsal,” said U of L coach Arthur Albiero. “We have great respect for Cincinnati and Houston but today was about us, the whole season has been about us trying to get better each and every time and helop our freshmen continue to make strides. I am very pleased with them. I go back to the leadership of our upperclassmen and the job they’ve done leading the way and it shows.
The Cardinal highlights include multiple wins from Kelsi Worrell (400-medley relay, 200-fly, 100-free), Grigory Tarasevich (400-medley relay, 200-back, 400-free relay), Bryan Draganosky (1650-free, 500-free), and Joao De Lucca (100-free, 200-free). Diver Sean Piner swept both boards and Andrea Cottreell won the 100-breast and 400-medley relay. Other multiple event winners were Krissie Brandenburg (50-free. 400-medley relay), Tanja Kylliainen (200-breast, 400-IM), Pedro Coutinho (100-fly, 400-medley relay) and Kameron Chastain (400-medley relay, 400-free relay.)
“This is about team, the team is only as good as the individual and I think that is important that everybody plays a role whether you’re on the E-relay today or the C-heat, it doesn’t matter, you have a role to play on this team and we certainly expect you to do it,” said Albiero.
Here is a race by race recap of the meet:
In the women’s 400-medley relay, the foursome of Krissie Brandenberg (55.70), Andrea Cottrell (1:02.71), Kelsi Worrell (52.71) and Breann McDowell (50.26) combined for a winning time of 3:51.09
The men’s 400-medley , Grigory Tarasevich’s blazing leadoff back leg of 48.14, put the Cards out in front for Kameron Chastain (54.70), Pedro Coutinho (48.71) and anchored by Trevor Carroll. U of L touched in 3:16.05 two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
In the grueling 1650-free, Abigail Chin took top honors, touching in 17:08.94 just a second ahead of teammate Abigail Houck’s 17:08.94. Bryan Draganosky won in 15:39.57 with Jake Schultz touching second.
In the women’s 200-free, Cincinnati’s Jackie Keire took top honors with the winning time of 1:48.49. Tanja Kylliainen touched second in 1:48.72. Breann McDowell was third in 1:50.13.
In the men’s 200-free, Joao De Lucca was first in 1:39. Matthias Lindenbauer was second in 1:40.13 and tied with Trevor Carroll for the Cardinals.
Sean Piner won the men's 3M diving with a score of 326.75 which is an NCAA Zone cut. Sam Blair was second with 271.35.
Houston's Danielle Shedd (290.65) and Taylor Olanski (267.0) took the top two 1M diving spots with Andrea Acquista taking third with a score of 260.90
In the 100-back, U of L swept the top three spots with Mackenzie Buss winning with a time of 56.26, Krissie Brandenburg was second in 56.42 and Erica Belcher made it a sweep with a 57.23.
In the men’s 100-back, Aaron Greene posted the winning time of 50.01 and Carlyle Blondell was second in 50.49. Nick Hasemann was third in 51.66.
In the women’s 100-breast, Andrea Cottrell was first in 1:03.77 followed by Lucy Kramer’s 1:05.49.
Addison Bray won the men’s 100-breast with a time of 57.65, with Dexter Thomas touching second in 58.42 and Brennen Berger making it a sweep with a 59.39.
Women’s 50-free, Krissie Brandenburg was first in 23.80. Johanna Cowley was second in 24.24 and Rachael Lewis made it a sweep with a 24.34.
Caryle Blondell took the men’s 50-free with a time of 20.24. Thomas Dahlia was second in 21.01 and Kameron Chastain was third in 21.19.
Kelsi Worrell posted another B-cut in the 200-fly with a 1:59.27. Teammate Devon Bibault was second in 2:02.22 and Cardinal Emma Coakley was third in 2:08.47.
In the men’s 200-fly, Juan Lopez was the winner, going 1:50.85. Teammate Joe Brown was second in 1:52.38 and Brett Mackenzie was third in 1:53.83.
In the 100-free, Kelsi Worrell went 50.01 for the win, with UC’s Jackie Keire taking second in 50.56. U of L’s Andrea Kneppers was third in 52.72.
In men's 100- free, Joao De Lucca put up a B-cut time of 43.87, Caryle Blondell went 46.00 and Matthias Lindenbauer was 3rd in 46.25.
In the women’s 200-back, Erica Belcher won in 2:01.88, with UC’s Jessica Piper touching second in 2:03.64, just edging Mackenzie Buss’ 2:03.74.
Grigory Tarasevich hit a B-cut in 1:46.25 to win the 200-back, Aaron Greene was second in 1:46.83 and Ryan Massey was 1:52.52.
In the women’s 200-breast, Tanja Kylliainen edged teammate Andrea Cottrell (2:20.61) with a winning time of 2:20.41. Gisselle Kohoyda was third in 2:21.37.
In the men’s 200-breast, Thomas Dahlia was first with a 2:01.28 with Kameron Chastain touching second in 2:04.85. Addison Bray was third in 2:08.45.
In the 500-free, Abigail Houck was into the wall first, with a 4:57.25. Breann McDowell was second in 5:02.32 and Andrea Kneppers was third in 5:02.22.
In the men’s 500-free, Bryan Draganosky with a 4:33.31 just edging Trevor Carroll 4:33.77. Jake Schultz’s 4:37.39 was good for third.
In the women’s 100-fly, Brittany Robinson bested the field with a 56.40 with Devon Bibault touching second in 57.02. Mary Mittel was third in 58.18.
In the men’s 100-fly, Pedro Coutinho won in a 49.59 just ahead of Mihael Vukic touching second 49.51 and Josh Quallen was third in 50.10.
In women’s 3-meter diving, Louisville’s Allie Murphy won with a 285.15, edging Houston’s Taylor Olanski’s 281.55. Cardinal Andrea Acquista was third with 277.10.
In men’s 1-meter diving, Sean Piner made it a sweep with a 267.35 for first. Sam Blair was second in 234.00.
There was an NCAA B-cut by Tanja Kylliainen when she hit the wall in the 400-IM in 4:17.94, ten seconds ahead of teammate Abby Chin’s 4:27.75.
Nolan Tesone’s 3:43.93 was an NCAA B-cut in the men’s 400-IM. Juan Lopez was second fastest in 4:03.11.
In the women’s 400-Free relay, Cincinnati scored first place points with a 3:32.05, but Alexandra Sellers (54.07), Johanna Cowley (51.46) Abigail Houck (52.80) and Rachael Lewis (53.67) put up the fastest time of 3:32.00 in exhibition.
. In the men’s 400-free relay team of Grigory Tarasevich (45.67), Matthias Lindenbauer (45.89), Brooks Wilmoth (46:15) and anchor Kameron Chastain (47.06) put up a 3:04.77 and led wire to wire.