Ogilvie already diving into Western record book

Mitch Granger Courier Staff

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Freshman Doug Ogilvie has emerged as one of the premier divers in Western Illinois swimming and diving history.

The Oswego, Ill. native’s season-best 319.50 score in one-meter diving led the way for the Leathernecks on Friday in a quad meet hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and held at IUPUI’s Natatorium.

Ogilvie’s 319.50 score is already the second-best effort ever produced by a Western diver in that event. Anthony Holzhauer recorded a 345.90 in 2007.

In addition, Ogilvie is also now fourth all-time at Western in the three-meter diving category. His 299.70 effort at IUPUI was his career-best, and only three Leatherneck divers have ever scored higher.

The Leathernecks were otherwise overmatched at IUPUI. The men’s team fell to the host Jaguars, 74-39; lost to St. Louis University, 88-25; and dropped an 86-25 decision to Xavier.

Western’s women’s team lost to IUPUI, 97-13, and also was defeated by St. Louis (100-10) and Xavier (81-17).

Ogilvie also produced an outstanding effort for Western last Thursday, placing second in both diving events against visiting Wisconsin-Green Bay at Brophy Pool.

Despite Ogilvie’s efforts, the Leathernecks men’s team fell 151-90, while the women were defeated by the Phoenix, 168-52.

“Overall top to bottom, our team did a lot better than what we’ve seen,” said Leathernecks head coach Greg Naumann. “Everybody is actually swimming either right at where they have been all season long, or a lot of them were actually faster than what they’ve been all season long. So that’s a good sign for things to come as we head towards the end of the year.”

Naumann and his assistant coaches put the Leathernecks through a grueling two-week training regimen recently, but in spite of their fatigue, Naumann said he was proud by the way his team fought through the weariness.

“They are coming out of a couple of weeks where we have been training incredibly hard, their bodies are beaten down, a lot of them are sore, and we got a ton of them walking with ice on their backs and shoulders,” Naumann said. “It was nice to see them step up and race like they did tonight.”

Senior Jack Killheffer earned first-place finishes for Western in the 100 freestyle and the 200 free relay against the Phoenix. Killheffer said he was especially proud of his 100 freestyle performances. “The first 50 went smooth, and the second 50 was a fight at the end,” Killheffer said. “I was just able to beat him out.”

Freshman Tyler Neaveill also grabbed a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle on Thursday.

For the women, sophomore Julie Rassmussen placed second in the100 freestyle against Wisconsin-Green Bay. Rassmussen, who was battling a double ear infection, was said she was proud of her results against a strong Phoenix team. “Green Bay is a fast team, and it felt really great,” Rassmussen said. “I’m actually really happy with a second-place finish.”

Against IUPUI, Ogilvie edged IUPUI junior Mitchell Gaguer, 319.50 to 311.25, in the one-meter competition, and 299.70 to 289.55 in the three-meter event. Gaguer finished third in the Summit League meet last year.

Rassmussen set a personal record time of :55.52 in the 100-yard freestyle, placing third.

The Leathernecks now return home to square off against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday at noon at Brophy Pool.

– Garrick Hodge and Tom Loftus contributed to this report.



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