Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sweeps Wisconsin-Green Bay



Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sweeps Wisconsin-Green Bay The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team won eight events and got strong showings across the board to knock off Green Bay 130.5-112.5 Saturday at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium.
 
The win gives UWM a 6-1 record to end the regular season as the team it is the first time since 1992 that the Panthers secured back-to-back wins over the Phoenix.
 
"Overall, it was an exciting meet and an exciting day for us," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "We always look forward to this meet. I thought we swam well as a team today. We had some wins, which are always nice, but it was our depth today that won the meet for us. It was our second, third and fourth swimmers that really made the difference for us today. We had a lot of people touch out in those spots to really give us the edge. This was a total team win."
 
Emily McClellan broke two pool records on the day. The junior easily won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:16.40. Lindsey Verhulst came in second at 2:27.30 and Brianna Huth out touched Green Bay's top finisher at 2:28.46 to take third.
 
McClellan also won the 200 IM, touching the wall first at 2:05.96 to reset the pool's top time. Senior Maggi Beck finished with a time of 2:10.13, taking runner-up by less than a second.
 
Junior Diana Diel also won a pair of events on the day. Diel first took the top spot in the 200 freestyle with a winning time of 1 minute, 54.42 seconds to easily win the event. Sophomore Anna Yontz (1:57.26) was third and freshman Kelsey Abbas (1:57.31) was fourth.
 
Diel also took the podium in the 100 free, winning at 52.65 seconds and just missing a season-best time. Yontz came in third at 53.82 and freshman Nicole Hutchins was fifth at 54.92.
 
In the 200 backstroke, Becky Yokosh cruised to the win, her fourth time winning the event on the season. The junior posted the top time of 2:04.36, nearly five seconds in front of second place.
 
Freshman Rachel Margis took claimed a victory on the one-meter diving board with a score of 257.25. On the three-meter, senior Aubrey Griffiths tied for second with a season-best score of 240.90.
 
The Panthers were victorious in both relays on the day. Yokosh, McClellan, Leah Winckler and Sierra Townsend (3:53.47) teamed up to win the 400 medley relay to start the meet. Yontz, Townsend, Verhulst and Diel combined to post a time of 3:31.79 to win the 400 free relay to secure the `W' for Milwaukee.
 
Other notable performances on the day included Sierra Townsend (24.57) taking second in the 50 free, Mary Kuyvenhoven (2:12.60) and Hope Borland (2:12.72) going 2-3 in the 200 butterfly and Abbas (5:10.10) coming in second in the 500 free.
 
The Panthers now prepare for post season action as they get set to defend their Horizon League Championship title starting Wednesday, Feb. 27 at UIC.



The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming & diving team won 10 of 13 events and soundly put away Green Bay, 162-81, in the final regular season meet of the year Saturday at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium.
 
"Overall, it was an exciting meet and an exciting day for us," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "We always look forward to this meet. Anytime you can double up the other team it's always a pretty good day but I was really proud of how we finished today. We went 1-2-3 in a few events and really pushed each other continue to work hard and finish strong."
 
Nathan Welchlin won a pair of events on the day. The senior first took the top spot in the 200 IM, touching the wall first at 1:53.55, nearly two seconds in front of second place and the top time in the event for Milwaukee this season. David Dvorak came in third at 1:57.58.
 
Welchlin also took the top spot in the 200 butterfly, cruising to victory with a time of 1:52.43, nearly four seconds in front of the next finisher. Milwaukee sophomore Ryan Finke was third at 1:56.35.
 
Junior Chris Jenkyns led the way in the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:51.88, the fastest time by a Panther this season. Senior Sam Niesen (1:55.08) was second and junior Jeff Maxwell (1:57.20) came in third.
 
Milwaukee went 1-2-3 in the 500 free, led by Kenny Stelpflug. The sophomore won the event at 4 minutes, 43.58 seconds, followed by Nic Halverson (4:44.42) and Tim Halverson (4:46.23). The trio also took the top three spots in the 1000 free, with Nic and Stelpflug switching spots in the order.
 
Mike Schalla won the 50 free with a time of 21.71 and Mike Lucchesi was just behind at 21.88 for third.
 
Mike Brady stood atop the podium in the 100 free, touching the wall first at 47.07. Lucchesi was second at 47.62 and Schalla was third at 47.97.
 
In the 200 free, Niesen took the top spot with a time of 1:42.37. Brady came in second at 1:43.04 and Finke was third at 1:44.82.
 
In diving, Lee Anderson led the way on both boards for Milwaukee. The sophomore came in second on the one-meter with a score of 288.98 and was right behind on the three-meter with a runner-up score of 315.00.
 
The Panthers also won both relays on the day. Jenkyns, Joe Chokran, Lucchesi and Welchlin combined to win the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:27.39 to start the meet. In the finale, Niesen, Schalla, Dvorak and Brady teamed up to win at 3:07.33, more than a full second in front of second place.
 
"We really showed our depth and versatility today," Clements said. "We had a member of each class win at least one event on the day. Not only that, we had one member of each class on each 400 medley team. That says something. It was a total team win for us today."
 
The Panthers now prepare for post season action as they get set to defend their Horizon League Championship title starting Wednesday, Feb. 27 at UIC.

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