Hanania breaks school mark

By Brian Wiencek

The final home meet for the NIU swimming and diving teams was not only successful, but historical, as both the men and the women came away with victories over the University of Illinois—Chicago Friday night at Anderson Hall Pool.

The men’s 124-116 win was highlighted by the record-breaking performance of diver Bryan Hanania. After much anticipation, Hanania finally broke the NIU one-meter diving record with a score of 322.20. His score surpassed the old mark of 314.70 set by Jim Reynolds in 1973 against the Northwestern Wildcats.

“That was simply a great performance by Bryan,” stated Coach Jeanne Fleck. “It fit perfectly for a meet in which we had a lot of personal bests for both the men and the women.”

Mid-Continent swimmer of the week Todd Klumb had a fantastic night with a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard medley relay. Steve Beck (1,000-yard freestyle), Art Sanchez (50-yard freestyle), and Mark Oostman (200-yard individual medley) were among other winners to help raise the men’s record to 5-4.

The women’s squad upped its season ledger to 4-7 with a 150-88 victory over UIC. NIU won its first seven events in a row, two of which came from Jeanne Kuipers in the 200-yard butterfly and the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Diver Jennifer Horoky joined freshman Amy Inselberger for the NCAA Zone C Meet in March with a first place score of 260.63 in the one-meter dive.

Kristin Scholz also turned in a highlight night with two first place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:12.75 and the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.17.

The final regular season meet for both the men and the women will be at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday.