Swimmers capture 3rd-, 4th-place finishes

By Brian Wiencek

Various school records were shattered as the NIU women’s swimming and diving team darted to a fourth-place showing and the NIU men wound up with a third-place ribbon in the Midwest Independent Regional Championships held last week.

The divers started out strong in both the one- and three-meter events. Freshman Amy Inselburger led the women divers by placing fifth in the three-meter and sixth in the one-meter.

Jen Horoky placed fifth in the one-meter, while Bryan Hanania captured third- and fifth-place ribbons and Matt Mersman recorded seventh-place honors in both events.

“I don’t think we peaked,” diving coach Jeff Symons said. “I think that we have got one good meet left in us, and it’s going to be the regionals.”

After that, the swimmers took over. Mark Oostman, Steve Beck and Eric Beck led the charge for the men’s team.

Oostman placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:06.08 and, in the process, broke his own NIU record of 2:06.64 set back on Dec. 1, 1990. In addition, Oostman took fourth in the 200-yard individual medley and helped his relay teams to thirds in both the 400- and 200-yard medley relays.

Steve Beck took third in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:00.07 breaking an NIU record set back in the 1988 Midwest Regional Meet. Beck also placed third in the 400-yard individual medley and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle.

Eric Beck took fourth in the 400-yard individual medley, fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle.

Other top performances included Todd Klumb, Art Sanchez, Craig Hammet, Jarod Schroeder and Scott Adams.

Pam Jackson broke NIU school records in the 100-yard freestyle with a third place time of :52.13, won second in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Scholz also set an NIU school record in the 200-yard backstroke with a first place time of 2:03.04. The junior helped the relay teams to three top four finishes.

Kim Bell, Nikki Poulos, Ramona Minkley, Teresa Wallace, Jen Mueller and Linda Matz also helped NIU’s cause.

“I’m proud of every one of them,” NIU swimming coach Jeanne Fleck said. “It was a great meet. Everyone did what they needed to do. It was really exciting.”

The swimmers are done for the season, while the divers continue at the NCAA Regional Meet Friday and Saturday.