The Cardinal women's swim team had a frustrating night Saturday at Western Kentucky. Western Kentucky pounded Ball State 141-98, winning 12 of 13 events. The Hilltoppers star swimmer, Brandi Carey, set another record during the meet, breaking the Preston Center pool record with a time of 2:03.39 in the 200-yard individual medley.
"They took the wind out our sails when they won the first five events, said coach Laura Seibold-Caudill. "I was pleased with some of our performances, but I think we could have done a lot better. It was very frustrating, and we just need to put this behind us."
One factor that contributed to this loss was the fact that a couple of Ball State's top swimmers did not make the trip to Bowling Green the meet. Backstroker Kait Martin had to stay to on campus to take an entry exam for elementary teaching, and diver Cassandra Pavlovich stayed home nursing a broken eardrum.
The 200-yard breaststroke was Ball State's best event of the day, according to the coach. Karla Bailey had the Cardinals' only individual win of the day when she won this event (2:26.16). Kate Willets finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:28.61, while Tara Zimmer swam well taking fourth place.
Rachel Gingrich also swam well, according to Seibold-Caudill despite losing in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:13.95. Dawn Ogden also challenged competitors in the one- and three-meter diving events as she continues improving during her first year of competition at the collegiate level.
After the loss, the Cards fell to 4-3 on the year. Western Kentucky has gotten off to a very solid start to their season as they have advanced to 4-0 on the year.
Now the women's swimming and diving team will have some time off for Thanksgiving break before getting back at it when practice resumes next Monday. Their next meet will be Nov. 30 at the Miami Invitational.
"These breaks are good for the swimmers because they get revived mentally, and they get a chance to spend time with their family and friends," Seibold-Caudill said. "But I always stress that they train on their own over break so they stay in shape+â-èand will be prepared to go back it when they return."