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Swim and Dive hosts,wins AAC Championship

By Noah Allison

The University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium played host to the American

Athletic Conference swim and dive championship. U of L’s men and women combined to

win eight races and both relays. It was the last time swimming at home for many Cardinals.

“Hats off to the administration here, they did a fantastic job at creating a championship

environment under what I consider fairly difficult circumstances. We never looked at it as

transition. This was our Superbowl right here and we came to play today. It was a great way

to end the meet,” Head Coach Arthur Albiero said.

Albiero was named AAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. Albiero has had the U of L

swim program, like many athletic programs here, on the rise.

“The men broke top 10 and got up to nine but we want to be better than that. The

women have been ranked 22 three years in a row and we are sick of that, we want to be

better,” Albiero said. “This group understands that, these are special competitors and a great

group of kids. On behalf of my staff its been an honor, they’ve given a lot to this program

and today the seniors were fantastic and they carried the way from the beginning to the end.

I’m very proud of this group.”

Junior Tanja Kyllianinen was named Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer and senior

Joao De Lucca was named Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer. Both Kyllianinen and De

Lucca set school records and made the nationals cut with their performances on Saturday.

De Lucca is defending national champion in the 100-free and will be returning to defend

his crown.

“He surprised me, I did not expect him to swim as fast as he did. Our focus has been the

NCAA’s and we really didn’t break training coming in to today. He really surprised me and I

think it shows how competitive he is what a team player he is. He knew this was important

to the team and he swam his heart out,” Albiero said.

De Lucca is one of many seniors to swim his last race in Ralph Wright. Lucca has

undoubtedly proven to be a pillar Cardinal in the swim program.

“It passed by quick, I’m proud of what I’ve done these four years and to have this last meet

at home is an amazing thing,” De Lucca said.

“Right now I’m very confident about my swimming, I wasn’t rested and was still able to

put up those fast times. I feel like when I’m rested I can go a lot faster.”

On Saturday the Cardinals set five school records and seven pool records. Four Cardinals

made the NCAA A-cut, as a first team swimmer and seven NCAA B-cuts as a back-up

swimmer. The Cardinals are back to work, as the NCAA Championships are just a month

away at the end of March.

“We have some pretty big goals that we’ve had for quite some time, we are well on our

way to the national scene,” Albiero said. “We want to do something special and reach new

levels that the program never has before.”

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Swim and Dive senior day hosts UK

By Dalton Ray

Saturday, Jan. 25 was Senior Day for the University of Louisville’s swim and dive team. The Cardinals hosted in-state rival University of Kentucky in Ralph Wright Auditorium. Despite the increased emotions of the rivalry between the two schools, U of L was able to sweep the visiting Cats.

The men’s swim and dive won 212.5-87.5 and the women as well with 193-107 score. The men were led by seniors Kameron Chastain, Joao De Lucca, juniors Caryle Blondell, Evan Noble and sophomore Pedro Coutinho who all posted multiple victories. On the women’s side efforts from junior Tanja Kylliainen, sophomore Kelsi Worrell, seniors Krissie Brandenburg and Breann McDowell all carried the team to a victory.

The women’s 200 medley-relay team of Brandenburg, McDowell, Worrell and Andrea Cottrell would post a winning time of 1:41.00. For the men’s 200 medley-relay team of Blondell, Noble, Coutinho and Chastain would combine for a 1:28.34 time that won the event. In the 1000-free events Louisville sophomore Bryan Draganosky would take first place in the event with a 9:18.63 time and junior Abigail Houck would finish second for the ladies.

In the women’s 200-free, UK’s Kristen Wilson had a time of 1:50.42 just beating out Andrea Kneppers who finished at 1:50.61. Joao De Lucca posted an NCAA B-cut time with a 1:36.05 finish in the 200-free, with Cardinal freshman Matthias Lindenbauer finishing second at 1:39.8.

The Louisville women swept the 100-back with Mackenzie Buss, Krissie Brandenburg, and Erica Belcher placing first, second and third.

In the men’s 100-back, U of L’s junior Evan Noble went under 50 second with a 49.15 for the win. Freshman Josh Quallen finished second with 50.01 and Aaron Greene finished third with a 50.21 time. In the women’s 100-breaststroke, Andrea Cottrell posted an NCAA B-cut time of 1:02.46 in the win and Gisselle Kohoyda was fourth for the Cards with 1:05.41 in a wild rush to the wall.

In the men’s 100-breast, Chastain cruised to a win with a time of 54.60. Once again the Cards swept the event. Freshman Brennen Berger was second with 56.24 and red-shirt junior Thomas Dahlia was third with a time of 56.61. Junior Tanja Kylliainen won the 200-fly for the women with a time of 1.56.95, the only competitor to finish under two minutes. In the 200-fly, senior Juan Lopez took top honors for the men with a time of 149.74 and sophomore Nolan Tesone was second with 1:50.80.

There were multiple members on each side who stepped up for the men and women. In a very tough environment for some of the young members of the squads they came together and both sides dominated their in-state rivals. For the men this is their sixth straight win against the Cats, the women have won the past four.

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Men’s swim and dive competes at SMU Classic

By Dalton Ray

The number eight University of Louisville men’s swim and dive team traveled to Dallas Friday for the first day of the two-day SMU Classic. Among the competition were four teams ranked in the top eight in the nation including number one Michigan, number three Florida, and number six Southern California. Purdue, who received top 25 votes, and host SMU rounded out the rest of the competitors.

Senior Joao De Lucca and freshman Grigory Tarasevich both posted victories for the Cards on Friday. Heading into the second day the team sat in fourth place with 136.5 points. Michigan lead the way with 175, followed by Florida with 156, and rounding out the top three was Southern Cal with 149.

The 400m-medley relay race was the first event and it saw the four man team of Tarasevich, Kameron Chastain, Pedro Coutinho, and Cryle Blondell place third with a time of 3:11.08. Michigan took the first event with a time of 3:07.76, #3 Florida came in second. Florida’s Dan Wallace took the next event, the 400-Yard IM, while sophomore Nolan Tesone just missed out on a top three finish with a 3:49.03 time.

In the 200-free defending national champion Joao De Lucco once again made it look easy as he posted a time of 1:33.66 and won the third event of the match. A very strong start for the Cards through the first three events that saw a top four finish in each race.

In the 100-back Grigory Tarasevich barely edged out USC’s fellow freshman Dylan Carter. Tarasevich, just out-touched Carter as he bested him by just .31 of a second, the winning time was 47.41. In the very next event Kameron Chastain felt the sting of a close defeat as Michigan’s Richard Funk beat Chastain in the 100-yard breaststroke by a little over a second.

Day two of the Classic would extend this excitement as fans saw multiple very close finishes between all of its participants on Saturday. The Cardinals would miss out on just three top three finishes by less than .45 of a second and a first place finish by a little over a second.

De Lucco would take home the 100-free with a time of 42.98 giving Louisville its lone victory on day two. Florida’s Corey Main just beat out Tarasevich in 200-yard backstroke, as Main’s time was 1:43.18 while Tarasevich’s posted a 1:44.65. The two were the best finishes of the day for the Cards.

In the 200-yard medley relay Chastain, Tarasevich, Coutinho, and Blondell would team up again and place fourth on a 1:27.94 time. Finishing right before the Cards was USC at 1:27.61 and Florida with 1:27.50. Chastain would miss out on a top three spot in the 200-yard breaststroke by .37 of a second with a time of 1:58.12.

Defending NCAA Champion and currently top-ranked Michigan would win with a score of 333, Florida was just behind with 321, USC was third with 298, number eight ranked Louisville scored 266.5 ahead of Purdue’s 244.5 and host SMU’s 210.

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Louisville swim and dive defeats Notre Dame

By Dalton Ray

The number fourteen Louisville women’s swimming and diving team won 10 of 16 events to beat long-time rival number 24 Notre Dame 171-129 Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. Proving to be a well needed and very impressive outing for the ladies in this mid-season top 25-showdown.

Junior Tanja Kylliainen won the 200-free, the 200-fly and was a part of the winning 400-free relay. Sophomore Kelsi Worrell won the 50-free, the 100-fly and led off the winning 400-free relay. Freshman Abigail Houck won the 1000-free and the 500-free to sweep the distance events. Senior Krissie Brandenburg won the 100-back was a part of both winning relays. Fellow senior Breann McDowell won the 100-free along with both relays.

In the 200-medley relay, the foursome of Brandenberg 25.87, Andrea Cottrell 29.06, Worell 23.59, and McDowell 22.81, combined to give Louisville the win at 1:41.32. Notre Dame A-relay was second in 1:42.66. The Louisville B team of Mackenize Buss, Lucy Kramer, Brittany Robinson, and Andrea Kneppers gave the Cards two of the top three finishes with a time of 1:44.79.

In the 1000-free Abby Chin and Carley Munchel followed Houck in second and third place. Buss placed second behind Brandenburg in the 100-back stroke with a time of 55.61. The foursome of Worrell 49.35, Brandenburg 51.24, Kylliainen 51.58, and McDowell 50.95, gave Louisville the win in the 400-free relay, the final event of the meet.

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Cardinals swimming their way to national prominence

By Dalton Ray

After a sweep of Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Jan. 4 the Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team earned their first win of the 2014 calendar year. The men’s team now checks in at number eight in the nation and the women not too far behind at number 13 overall. The season to date has been a very successful one for both teams as they look to start AAC play.

The men’s team won their first two meets of the year against Xavier and Tennessee by scores of 189-70 and 167-132 before suffering their first loss to the hands of North Carolina 161-186 back in November. Defending national champion Joao De Lucca won multiple events in the Cardinal’s wins.

The women’s team matched the men’s hot start to the year and raised them one as they defeated all three opponents of Xavier, Tennessee, and North Carolina with a combined score of 578-340. The women also took place in the SMU Classic in Dallas and finished third thanks to junior Tanja Kylliainen who won three events, which earned her Swimmer of the Meet honors.

The teams were invited to the Michigan Invitational, held in Ann Arbor. The hosts at the time boasted the number one overall men’s team and the number 23 overall women’s team in the nation, providing a large task ahead of the Cards. Winners for the men included sophomore Bryan Draganosky in the 1650-free, junior Caryle Blondell in the 100-free, senior Kameron Chastain in the 200-breast and a 400-relay team of Blondell, Aaron Young, Joao De Lucca and Brooks Wilmoth. Taking home victories for the women’s side were freshman Mackenzie Buss in the 200-back, senior Gisselle Kohoyda in the 200-breast, Tanja Kylliainen in the 200-free and the 400-realy team of Kelsi Worrell, Krissie Brandenburg, Andrea Kneppers and Johanna Cowley.

The USA Short Course Nations were next on the Cards’ schedule as they looked to provide a strong performance on a large stage. In the men’s 200-free Joao De Lucca set a new championship record with a time of 1:31.65, just beating out Darian Townsend’s 1:31.93. Only eight men have ever broken the 1:32.00 barrier in the 200-free. Not to be out done the next night sophomore Kelsi Worrell went out and was also crowned a National Champion with her 200-fly time of 1:54.12.

Other notable performances included the women’s 200-medley relay team finished second with a time of 1:38.07 posted by Krissie Brandenburg, Andrea Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell and Rachael Lewis. The men’s 200-medley relay met a new U of L achievement when Grigory Tarasevich, Kameron Chastain, Aaron Young and Caryle Blondell combined for a third place time of 1:26.40.

On Saturday the women faced and defeated both Cincinnati and Houston while the men faced and defeated Cincinnati, as Houston does not have a men’s team. For the women Worrell was victorious in multiple events, taking first in the 400-medley relay, the 200-fly and the 100-free. For the men Tarasevich was a part of winning the 400-medley relay, the 200-back and 400-free relay. De Lucca took the 100-free and the 200-free.

“The challenge for today was to race the way we want to race at championship time… a championship rehearsal,” U of L coach Arthur Albiero said.

With a taste of championship success last year through the efforts of De Lucca the Cardinals have their sights on De Lucca bringing friends at this year’s national championship.


Cardinal athletics breaks BIG EAST Conference titles record


By Baylee Pulliam–

With 10 league titles, the 2011-2012 season has been one for the University of Louisville’s athletic record books.

The tenth title sets a new school record for most league titles earned during season play. That tops the 9 earned in 2008-2009, according to U of L Athletics.

Men’s baseball secured the tenth title in their May 19 match-up against Pittsburgh – their third BIG EAST title in four years. Video of them celebrating here. 

2011-2012 season titles:

  • Baseball (co-champions)
  • Football (co-champions)
  • Women’s soccer (North division champions)
  • Softball 
  • Volleyball

2011-2012 post-season titles:

In their seven-year history in the BIG EAST Conference, the Cardinals have claimed 50 league titles – a number that puts them second to only Notre Dame, which has 64. Only seven of the 16 teams in the conference have championship totals in the double digits, U of L Athletics says.

U of L is also the only university in 2011-2012 to appear in a bowl game and score NCAA tournament wins in women’s basketball, volleyball, both men’s and women’s soccer. And then there’s men’s basketball’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four, which fans celebrated around the city.

Student tickets for the 2012-2013 season go on sale starting Tuesday, May 29. Students should receive an email with instructions on how to purchase online. Or, purchase in-person at the Ticket Office.


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While you were out. . .an update on cardinal sports

-Ranked No. 15 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll.
-Justin Amlung selected Third Team Preseason Louisville Slugger and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America teams.

-A late comeback fell short as the Cardinals fell to North Carolina State, 31-24, in the Belk Bowl.
-Teddy Bridgewater was named a freshman All-American by CBSsports.com, Yahoo Sports, Sporting News and Fox Sports Next. He was also awarded Big East Freshman of the Year.
-Jake Smith was named to the Football Writers Association of America freshman Al-America Team.

Women’s Soccer
-Christine Exeter was named to the NSCAA Third Team All-America.
-The Cardinals were added to the College Team Academic Award list for the 12th consecutive season.

Swimming &

-FINA announced Gisselle Kohoyda as the No. 26 women’s 200M breaststroke swimmer in their world rankings.
-The men’s team was ranked No. 11 and the women No. 19 in the CSCAA National Rankings released on Dec. 8, 2011.

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Women’s Basketball
-Monique Reid will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Dec. 14 game vs. Cincinnati.
-Bria Smith was named the Big East freshman of the week on Jan. 9, 2012.
-The Cardinals have gone 7-2 since Dec. 10, 2011, with Big East wins over Cincinnati, Marquette and South Florida, and a tough overtime loss to Rutgers.
-As a reminder to all students, all the women’s basketball home games will be played in the KFC Yum! Center and tickets are free to students. Just show your student ID at the box office on game day and get a free ticket. General admission tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under.

Men’s Basketball
-Since Dec. 17, 2011, the basketball team has posted a record of 7-4 with key wins over Memphis and St. John’s, and key loses from Kentucky, Notre Dame and Princeton.
-Peyton Siva announced as one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.

-Lola Arslanbekova was named AVCA All-America Third Team.

Track & Field
-Former runner Michael Eaton competed in the Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.
-12 team members posted Top 5 finishes at the Kentucky Invitational with eight members earning their way into the Big East Indoor Championships.

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