Saint Louis Finishes Sixth at Tiger Invitational
Next up was the 200-yard backstroke. In this event, junior Taylor Streid touched the wall at 2:12.17, scoring valuable points in 16th. The men’s pairing of freshman Patrick MacArt (1:57.22) and senior Jimmy Brabbins (1:58.07) raced to 14th and 15th place, respectively.
In the 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Lizzy Osterman touched first for the Bills with a time of 52.03 (18th), which bests her own time in the SLU record books at second all-time in the event. She is now second in the A-10. Freshman Patrick May was also impressive, finishing tenth with a time of 46.03, third all-time at SLU. He is also the second-fastest swimmer in the event in the conference.
The 200-yard breaststroke was next at the Tiger Invitational. The men’s team competed well in the event, with three swimmers scoring for the Bills. Freshman Stephen Hansen was the first to finish for Saint Louis with a time of 2:10.21, good enough for 12th place at the meet and fifth in the A-10. Senior Brian Brasser (2:15.34, 15th) and freshman James Davis (2:18.49, 16th) were the other Bills to score for the men. Freshman Keevyn Scholl was the top swimmer for the women in the event, coming in 32nd with a time of 2:31.70.
Senior Will Butzke had perhaps the swim of the day in the 200-yard butterfly. He touched at 1:56.17 in the prelims, and earned a spot in the championship heat. He then swam at 1:56.23 to finish eighth in the event. Freshman Gavin Hagar (2:00.59, 15th) also scored in the event. Freshman Jalynn Gieseke swam her way into the consolation finals for the women. Her final time of 2:05.96 put her in 12th place.
The final individual event was platform diving. The women did not compete in the event, but the men faired well. Seniors Chad Carmichael (212.95) and Billy Hrabovsky (178.15) scored big points for Saint Louis, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
To put a cap on the Tiger Inviational, the Bills took on the 400-yard freestyle relay. The men once again showed their prowess on the relays, breaking their third SLU relay record of the meet. Freshman Dustin Anderson, May, MacArt and Billingsley already broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but came out firing with a time of 3:05.97 in the 400-yard. The women’s team of Gieseke, Osterman, junior Emily Kopec and Streid just missed out on a new school record. Their time of 3:33.96 was only .07 seconds off the SLU record set last season. They finished 14th.
The swimming and diving squads will return to action in on Dec. 17 when they will travel to Chicago to take on Illinois-Chicago and Western Illinois at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the swimming and diving page at www.SLUBillikens.com
The second day of competition began in style with the 200-yard medley relay. The men's team fared well with a sixth-place finish in their 15-team field. The Billiken quad of fresman Patrick May, senior Brian Brasser, junior Will Butzke and freshman Zack Billingsley finished with a time of 1:32.31, a new SLU record in the event. The women's team finished 18th in the 27 team field.
Freshman Whitney Gould led the Bills in the 400-yard IM with her time of 4:43.63, good enough for 38th place. Freshman Patrick MacArt touched the wall at 4:20.62 for the men, finishing 13th. Freshman Ryan Clark was close behind MacArt in 16th with a time of 4:28.48.
In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Lizzy Osterman made it into the "D" finals with a time of 1:52.38. Though she finished 28th in the talented field, her time is good enough to set a new SLU record. Sophomore Patrick Merlihan had a nice showing for the men, tying for 25th with his time of 1:45.10. Freshman Justin Pasquesi also competed in the finals, touching the wall at 1:46.84 for 31st.
Freshman Keevyn Scholl (1:07.72) and junior Taylor Streid (1:07.91) were neck-and-neck in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 28th and 30th, respectively. Brasser was impressive in his heat, placing eighth with his time of 57.12. Freshman Stephen Hansen (58.88, 13th) and junior Chris Mandli (1:00.42, 15th) also competed in the event.
Next up was the 100-yard backstroke. Sophomore Ellie Lorenzi was the top SLU swimmer with a time of 1:01.07, just missing the finals cutline of 59.70. The men's side sent senior Jimmy Brabbins (53.24) and freshman Dustin Anderson (53.73) to the finals, where they were 12th and 15th.
On the diving boards, sophomore Christiana Eltiste was the top Bill on the one-meter board with a score of 202.90 for 16th overall. The men's senior tandem of Billy Hrabovsky and Chad Carmichael were stellar off the three-meter boards. Hrabovsky turned in a score of 316.95, to medal in the event with a third-place finish. Carmichael was right there with him, with his score of 282.75 for fifth.
The day finished with the 800-yard freestyle relay. Saint Louis women managed a time of 7:49.49 to place 13th. The men came in at 7:12.92, finishing 8th.