Wisconsin-Milwaukee Leads Border Battle



Wisconsin-Milwaukee Leads Border Battle The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming team had a strong showing in the first session of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Border Battle meet Friday night. The Panthers won all but one event, getting individual wins from senior Sam Keele and junior Nathan Welchlin.

Milwaukee leads the way with 310 points, with the host Pointers in second place with 268 points. South Dakota finished the day in third at 227.

"As a team, this was probably the best first night of this meet we've had since I've been here," UWM head coach Kyle Clements said. "We just came off an extremely hard week of practice and had a big morning practice this morning and the kids came off the bus and were ready to swim.

"We didn't put up season-best numbers but they were very good times and I was just impressed with the mental attitude the team had. They worked very hard this week and swam exhausted today and still put their heads down and found a way to finish races and that's what we're going to try and continue to do tomorrow."

Welchlin took the top spot in the 500 freestyle where eight of the top 10 spots were claimed by UWM. Freshman Kenny Stelpflug took second, sophomore Jeff Maxwell third, and freshman Ryan Finke fifth in the dominating performance by the Panthers.

The 200 IM saw a similar result with Keele taking the top spot and sophomore Josh Kinney, junior Caleb Sandvold, senior Brady Huemann and junior David Dvorak rounding out the top five.

Milwaukee also touched the wall first in both relays, taking first in both the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays.

The team wraps up action in the meet tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m.



The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming team had a strong showing in the first session of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Border Battle meet Friday night. The Panthers won all but one event, getting individual wins from senior Heidi Niespodzany and sophomore Emily McClellan.

Milwaukee leads the way with 324 points, followed by South Dakota, who has 255. The host Pointers are currently in third at 185 with Minnesota State ending day one with 170.

"As a team, this was probably the best first night of this meet we've had since I've been here," UWM head coach Kyle Clements said. "We just came off an extremely hard week of practice and had a big morning practice this morning and the kids came off the bus and were ready to swim.

"We didn't put up season-best numbers but they were very good times and I was just impressed with the mental attitude the team had. They worked very hard this week and swam exhausted today and still put their heads down and found a way to finish races and that's what we're going to try and continue to do tomorrow."

McClellan took first in the 200 IM where the Panthers claimed the first four spots. Sophomore Diana Diel, junior Maggi Beck and sophomore Erika Pliner rounded out the first four spots.

In the 500 freestyle, Niespodzany led the way for Milwaukee, with UWM taking three of the top four finishes. Sophomore Brittany Walsh and junior Karmyn Van Dewettering took second and fourth, respectively.

Senior Sarah Wardecke took second in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall at 24.51, just 0.13 behind the top finisher.

UWM also took first in both the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay.

The team wraps up action in the meet tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m.


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