BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-One final regular-season dual meet remains for the Western Kentucky University swimming and diving team, as the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers face Evansville on Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at Bill Powell Natatorium.
Fifteen WKU seniors will be honored prior to the meet. The group consists of Hilltoppers Louis Bunch, Adam Dajka, Tom Gasnick, Billy Kunkel, Adam Mayer, Luke Musser, Ben Nichols, David Rayner and Jordan Vorst along with Lady Toppers Laurel Chaney, Noufissa Chbihi, Caitlin Dean, Hilary Mishler, Kylie Ruiz and Alex Van Oost.
Last time out, WKU swept the competition in a tri-meet with Florida Atlantic and host Nova Southeastern University on January 11 at NSU Aquatic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Lady Toppers claimed a 154-51 victory over FAU and defeated Nova Southeastern 166-39. On the men's side, the Hilltoppers edged FAU 147-58 and won a 163-42 decision against Nova Southeastern.
Following the meet, freshman Michelle Craddock earned her first career Sun Belt Conference Swimmer of the Week honor, as the Jacksonville, Fla., native posted double individual wins in the 100 and 200 free and helped the 200 free relay to a top time.
Evansville is coming off a split result against Eastern Illinois and recently a loss by the women to Vanderbilt. Against Eastern Illinois before the holidays, the women's team took a 196-184 win while the men fell 170-198. The Lady Commodores slid by UE 180-82 to open 2013.
The Purple Aces and the Tops have faced similar opponents during the season. Both women's teams faced Vanderbilt, as mentioned earlier with the UE's women's score. WKU defeated Vanderbilt twice, taking a 201-87 win in a tri-meet with Tulane and placing first in the Hilltopper Invite to defeat the Lady Dores' second-place finish.
Each team has also competed against Miami (OH) Redhawks, as UE took two losses in a dual meet while WKU placed behind the Redhawks at the Miami (OH) Invite.
WKU leads the all-time series against Evansville on both the men's and women's sides. The Lady Toppers have dropped only one meet to the Purple Aces for a 13-1 record while the men have never lost to UE to hold a 43-0 advantage.
After Saturday, the teams will have approximately one month to prepare for conference championships. The men will travel to Houston, Texas, to compete in the Conference USA Championships February 20-23 while the women visit Dallas, Texas, on February 27-March 2 for the SBC Championships.For news and information on the WKU swimming and diving team, visit WKUSports.com.