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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Successful Days in the Pool and On Track -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Swimming Defeats 10th-Ranked Indiana

There's been quite a bit to talk about with the other primary sports this season, so some of the more off-the-beaten-path sports have taken a back seat. With only swimming and track in action yesterday, they'll take the spotlight in today's column. Yesterday saw a major top-15 dual meet with Louisville heading up to Bloomington as the 11th (men's) and 15th (women's) ranked squads in the country to take on the 5th and 10th ranked teams from IU. While the men were roundly rebuked for their efforts (95-208), the women's team came away with the upset, winning 182-118.

The Cards came away with 10 event wins in total and had five different swimmers win individual events. Gabi Albiero (hey, that's a familiar last name) led the way with four wins as she took the 50 Free and 100 Butterfly and swam on the teams that won the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay. On the distance side, Liberty Williams won both distance events and set a school record in the 1000 in the process. Abby Hay won the 200 Fly and the 400 Individual Medley, and Arina Openysheva took the 100 Free. In a rocket start to her collegiate swimming career, Rye Ulett beat her sister Tristen by 0.21 seconds to win the 100 Back. 

In addition to winning the events and the meet, Louisville swimmers set 17 B-cut times and an A-cut time in the 400 Free Relay. Those times will put Louisville swimmers in positions to swim for titles later in the season, so they're important to grab at meets like the one yesterday. Louisville women's swimmers were on fire collectively, and it's good to see positive energy feeding off of itself in that way to elevate everyone. The Cards will host Kentucky in the Ralph Wright Natatorium next Saturday starting at 1PM.

Indoor Track Sees Five Wins and 20 PBs

After opening the indoor season in downtown Louisville, the Cardinal track and field teams headed down to Birmingham for the Blazer Invitational. The event played host to athletes from all sorts of collegiate teams, and Louisville was one of the more successful teams overall. The men's team saw three victories with two for the women.

One of those victories, perhaps unsurprisingly, went to Gabriela Leon in the pole vault. She had to go to a jump-off to secure the victory, but she's made a habit of winning that event. The other win was quite the different story. In her debut in the high jump, Styliana Ioannidou set a mark that tied the fifth all-time jump in program history and took the win. Quite a day for debuts between Ioannidou and Ulett in swimming. 

In addition to the victories, Louisville got podiums from Katie Martin (2nd, 500m) and Aliyah Welter (3rd, pole vault). Individually, the meet brought personal bests for Je'Nyia Burton, Taylor Boggess, Katie Martin, Styliana Ioannidou, Soledad Jean, Claire Bushur, Katherine Coffey, and Zoe Yeast. In a meet that brought personal bests in positions as far down as 16th, it was clear that Louisville was up against stiff competition, and that makes their winning and podium performances even more impressive. 

Louisville will get back into a sports complex next weekend in Blacksburg when they're hosted by Virginia Tech at the Hokie Invitational.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

Could it be? Will we really get all five panelists back on board on the CCRH Podcast for the first time in months? You'll have to tune in for yourself to find out. We'll cover the return to action for the women's basketball team and what to expect in the upcoming weeks. Plus bracketology, engagements, and more. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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