NIU swimmers swept by Wright St.

By Marc Wesner

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams took it on the chin this weekend by dropping their respective meets to defending Mid-Continent Conference champion Wright State.

On the women’s side, the final tally was 135-101, which was actually closer than the score would indicate.

“In the women’s meet, we got off to a very shaky start,” said NIU head coach Jeanne Fleck. “But we did finally get our act together and have some good individual swims.”

Kristin Scholz and Janene Bytnar scored the only individual blue ribbons for the Huskies. Scholz posted a 24.83 in the 50-yard freestyle, while Bytner touched first in the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:09.8.

Scholz and Bytner also teamed with Kerri McClory and Jen Mueller to take first in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Amy Inselberger was another bright spot for the team, scoring a 250.05 good for first place in the three-meter diving competition and taking second in the one-meter.

The men had equally few highlights in their 136-100 loss but were able to salvage four blue ribbons.

Hobe Scholz set the standard in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 159.17. Jarod Schroeder picked up the victory in the 50-yard freestyle. The last first-place finish was posted by Ben Bell as he took the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.51.

Tony D’Amico’s diving helped the cause with a 283.65 and first place in the three-meter event.

The Huskies are off until Dec. 28 when they take a Christmas break training trip to Honolulu, Hawaii.