Aces Finish Strong at House of Champions

Aces Finish Strong at House of Champions


For the third day in a row, the Purple Aces swimming and diving team set records as the squads wrapped up the third and final day of the House of Champions in Indianapolis.

“I am super proud of what our kids have done thus far in the season,” University of Evansville head coach Rickey Perkins said.  “This weekend was a test to see where we are at and we did very well.  We will continue to work and train hard and expect to win a lot of meets this season.”

In an interesting twist, Danielle Freeman broke the House of Champions record for the 100 free with a 51.19 in the prelims.  The previous record was held by none other than current teammate Michelle Tipton, who set the mark in 2012.

The duo contributed to what would be a new school and meet mark in the 400 free relay.  Freeman and Tipton teamed with Sam Montgomery and Abby Smith to set the bar high at 3:25.82.  The previous mark, also held by UE, was a 3:28.48.

It was just another day at the office for Tipton, who also took top honors in the 1650 free as she won by two seconds with a 17:08.51.

Taylor Davidson was the final one to set a record on Sunday.  She took fourth place in the 200 backstroke, setting the school mark at 2:03.63.

Sunday's men's effort was led by the group of Everett Plocek, Daniel O'Brien, Ethan O'Rourke and Ashton Bishop, who came home seventh in the 400 free relay.  Their time checked in at a 3:08.58, which was almost four seconds ahead of their seed time.

The meet wraps up the fall slate for both teams as neither will see action until mid-January.  The men travel to Ball State on Jan. 17 while the next meet for the women is a home match versus Saint Louis on the 24th.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department