The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up the first of two days of competition against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday evening at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. After 18 events, the Cardinal women trail the Wolverines 123-44, while the Cardinal men trail 118-49.
“We’re swimming well,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “Ultimately the score is not going to show that today, but we always talk about continuing to progress and continuing to make adjustments, and those are the things we’re looking for.”
The Lady Cards ‘B’ relay team of Nastja Govejsek (25.26), Rachel Grooms (22.05), Gracie Long (23.36), and Sophie Cattermole (23.81) began the meet with a third place finish in the 200 free relay (1:34.48). In the men’s event, Andrej Barna (20.29), Zach Harting (20.20), Nikolaos Sofianidis (20.51), and Nicolas Albiero (20.08) placed second with a time of 1:21.08.
In the 200 IM, Rachael Bradford-Feldman swam to a second place finish in a time of 2:00.06. For the men, Carlos Claverie touched fifth with a 1:49.86.
Alina Kendzior touched the wall third in the 100 back (54.95), while Ashlyn Schoof took fifth with a 55.75. On the men’s side, Albiero notched the first victory of the evening for the Cards, winning the 100 back in a 48.56. Fellow freshman Sofianidis also scored valuable points for Louisville, taking third in a time of 49.43.
The Lady Cards trio of Mallory Comerford (4:50.86), Arina Openysheva (4:53.24), and Cattermole (4:53.75) finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively in the 500 free. Marcelo Acosta placed second in the men’s 500 free with a 4:22.59.
In diving action, sophomore Brianna Price recorded the Lady Cards’ sole victory of the evening, scoring a 261.45 in the 3-meter.
Just one event later, Comerford and Openysheva returned to the pool for the 100 free. Comerford finished second in a time of 49.00, while Openysheva took fourth (50.88). In the men’s race, Andrej Barna sprinted to a second place finish, swimming a time of 44.66.
Maria Astashkina recorded a second place finish (2:13.88) in the 200 breast, and Morgan Friesen placed fifth in a time of 2:16.96. In a race where the top three finishers were separated by less than a half second, Claverie placed third in the 200 breast with a 1:59.89.
In the 200 fly, Grace Oglesby secured second place with a 2:00.92. Harting (1:47.59) and Jarrett Jones (1:48.26) placed second and third, respectively in the men’s race.
Sophomore diver Daniel Fecteau set a new UofL record in the 1-meter, scoring a 347.63 to place second. Freshman Daniel Pinto earned a third place finish with a 319.73.
In the final event of the evening, the Lady Cards team of Alina Kendzior (54.79), Astashkina (1:03.22), Comerford (54.36), and Lainey Visscher (49.65) logged a third place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:42.02). The men’s 400 medley relay came down to the final yards, as Albiero (48.65), Claverie (54.67), Harting (47.62), & Barna (43.71) finished third with a 3:14.65, less than one tenth of a second out of first place.
The Cardinals will return to the Ralph Wright Natatorium tomorrow at 11 a.m. for the second and final day of competition against the Wolverines.
Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics