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BG not expected to pose a threat

Joe Meixell | Friday, November 19, 2004

Against an un-intimidating opponent, the Irish head into a very important event. The team travels to Bowling Green, Ohio where it takes on Bowling Green in a Saturday meet at 1 p.m. The Irish are looking for a strong showing, especially coming off their big wins against Michigan State and Pittsburgh last weekend at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. However, where the Irish swimmers will hope to impress will not be in their strongest events. Against a mid-level opponent like Bowling Green, the team’s swimmers are trying to work on events that may not be their specialty.”[This weekend] is important to see where we stand in our third and fourth events,” Irish coach Bailey Weathers said. “The breaststrokers might work on their IMs, and the sprinters might race in the 200, for instance.”One of the swimmers who will try to work on some of her other events will be sophomore Jessica Stephens. Last weekend, in addition to her success in the relays, Stephens won both the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.This weekend, she will also try to pick up the 100-meter breaststroke, an event she was beaten in by less than one-tenth of a second a week ago.Conversely, senior diver Meghan Perry-Eaton will go into this weekend with her routine pretty much locked in. She has dominated both the 1- and 3-meter events, winning five of six events she has entered this year. To be sure, Stephens, and other Irish swimmers who have been hot of late, will not abandon their successes.”Everyone will compete in their good events,” Weathers said.Another reason this event could be pivotal for the Irish is the fact Weathers plans on looking at and evaluating some of the swimmers beyond his star individuals.”We are going to try to look at some different people for our relays,” Weathers said.Though this weekend is not a make-or-break for the Irish as far as the win-loss columns, the way events take place could give some indication as to what the Irish need to work on for later tournaments and their hopeful NCAA run.”The third and fourth events are real important for us because a lot of times, that’s what it comes down to in big championship meets,” Weathers said.