Swimming & Diving To Host Alumni Meet Saturday


Bid Now In UE’s Swimming & Diving Silent Auction

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Evansville swimming and diving program will host its first meet of the 2022-23 season on Saturday, as the Purple Aces will welcome back a group of alumni to compete in UE’s Alumni Meet. The meet warm-up will begin at 11:30 am and the meet will begin at 1 pm at UE’s Roy & Mary Wyttenbach Pool on campus.

Both the men and women will compete both with and against a group of 16 UE alumni who are returning to Evansville to take part in the meet. The alumni group includes Samad Abu-Shanab (’20), Ashton Adams (’20), Paul Cozzens (’20), Nick Davlantis (’14), Josh Graves (’22), Brandt Hudson (’20), Eli James (’21), David Killian (’22), Zeke Metz (’22), Aulden Nance (’22), Andrea Ruiz Ramis (’21), Zack Sagan (’20), Jacob Sampson (’20), Austin Smith (’21), Ee Tan (’22), and Kyle Tiemann (’13). The alumni will be combined with the current UE swimming rosters in mixed relays, while there will also be head-to-head sprints in the various disciplines.

“Saturday should be a lot of fun,” said UE head swimming coach Stuart Wilson. “It will be good to see a lot of familiar faces return, and it will be fun for them to race against our current teams. Both teams have been working really hard, and it will be good to be able to race a little on Saturday .

In conjunction with the Alumni Meet, fans can also take part in the first-ever UE Swimming & Diving Silent Auction. Items will be available for bid in the Carson Center ticket lobby, and fans can also place bids on-line at the following website until 6 pm central time on Saturday: https://ueswim.travelpledgeauctions.com/event/1068

Over 78 different items are available to bid on, with all proceeds from the silent auction going to benefit the Jason D. Morse ’98 Memorial Scholarship at UE, which honors former UE swimmer Jason Morse, who passed away in 2017 after a three-and -a-half-year battle with Adult Recurrent Wilms Cancer. Morse competed for the UE swimming and diving program from 1994 through 1998, and he left the program as UE’s school record-holder in the 500-yard freestyle. Jason was heavily involved on campus, and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity during his time at UE.

The initial fundraising goal for the Jason D. Morse ’98 Memorial Scholarship is $50,000. The fund will be restricted solely for an athletics scholarship given annually to a member of the men’s or women’s swimming and diving program.

Anyone with questions on how they can help contribute to the Jason D. Morse ’98 Memorial Scholarship fund should contact Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development & External Operations Scott Peace either by phone (812-488-4073) or via email (sp166@evansville .edu).

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