INDIANAPOLIS – The women’s swimming and diving completed the first day of competition at the House of Champions hosted by IUPUI. The first day saw the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay as well as the 400 medley relay.
In the morning session, junior Emily Wisolek (Middlbury, Ind./Northridge) finished fifth overall in the 500 free with a time of 5:10.83 and improved that time in the evening finals with a time of 5:09.95 to finish sixth. Sophomore Kayla Hussey (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) turned in the 12th-fastest time in the preliminaries at 5:17.30. Junior Cheyanne Jackson (Atlanta, Ind./Hamilton Heights) stayed consistent finishing in 5:18.59 in the preliminaries and 5:18.58 in the finals. Sophomore Leighann Mattson (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) improved from the preliminaries, and touched at 5:21.19 in the finals for 19th place.
Junior Mallory Miles (Holland, Ind./Southridge) finished with the fifth-fastest preliminary time in the 200 IM at 2:09.49. She would finish seventh in the finals. Junior Haley Richter (Roanoke, Ind./Columbia City) turned in a 2:11.53 in the morning session and a 2:12.37 in the evening. Junior Stacey Wierman (Munster, Ind./Munster) improved her swim from the morning session and clocked a 2:10.27 in the finals for ninth place.
Junior Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) turned in a 2:13.22 in the preliminaries. Junior Sumaiyah Ahmad (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) clocked a 2:18.65 in the morning session and a 2:19.78 in the evening. Junior Jackie Iglesias (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) improved nearly four seconds between the sessions, clocking a 2:15.85 for 17th place in the finals. Freshman Larah Beaver (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) touched at 2:20.02 in the preliminaries.
In the 50 free, sophomore Carlena Magley (Waterloo, Ind./DeKalb) finished third overall in the morning session with a time of 23.85 and earned fourth place in the finals at 24.13. Senior Jillian Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind./Hamilton Heights) stayed consistent with times of 24.28 and 24.27 in each respective session. Classmate Cori Vormohr (Portland, Ind./Jay County) finished in 24.96 in the preliminaries and 25.14 in the finals.
Sophomore Elaine Pitsas (Munster, Ind./Munster) finished 19th overall with a time of 25.58 in the finals after swimming a 25.20 in the preliminaries. Senior Dana Graunke (Colgate, Wis./Germantown) improved from the morning to the afternoon, turning in a 25.53 in the finals for 18th place.
The 200 free relay team of Bischoff, Vormohr, Pitsas and Magley earned third place with a time of 1:3.54. The 400 medley relay team of senior Katelyn Pratt (Greenville, Ohio/Greenville), Ruehl, Richter and Bischoff turned in a 3:52.45 effort to capture second place.
The team returns back to the pool tomorrow. Check ballstatesports.com for more news and updates on women’s swimming and diving. You can follow the team on Twitter @BSUswimdive.