Wisconsin-Milwaukee Women, Emory Men Win Midwest Invite



Wisconsin-Milwaukee Women, Emory Men Win Midwest Invite The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming team combined to post 19 season-best times and took the top spot at the Midwest Invitational at the Myers-McLoraine Pool Friday and Saturday.
 
UWM finished with 597 points, well in front of second-place Emory at 360. Chicago was third at 224 while Case Western Reserve University was fourth at 197. North Central College came in fifth with 136 and Robert Morris University (130), Washington University-St. Louis (76) and Lake Forest College (16) rounded out the scoring.
 
Milwaukee took the top three spots in the mile. Kaela Ropson won the event with a time of 17:33.11. Abby Duke was second and Claire Borland was third.
 
Nicole Hutchins won the 100 freestyle with a season-best time of 53.23, just ahead of freshman Maggie Maxstadt at 54.03 for third. Hutchins also came in second in the 500 freestyle with a personal-best time of 5:09.38. Ropson was third at 5:09.86.
 
Maxstadt finished runner-up in the 50 free with a season-best time of 24.90. Lindsey Hill came in third, also with a PR and Emily Dean was right behind in fourth.
 
Milwaukee also won every relay at the meet.
 
The Panthers return to action this Wednesday when they look to defend their Horizon League Championship crown at the four-day league meet hosted by UIC.



Freshmen Erik Wahlgren and Tanner Nimke combined to finish 1-2 in three different events to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming team at the Midwest Invitational at the Myers-McLoraine Pool Friday and Saturday.
 
Milwaukee finished second in team scoring with 467 points despite not competing in five events. Emory won the meet at 531 points. Case Western Reserve University was third at 318; host Chicago was fourth at 265 while Washington University-St. Louis (180), Lake Forest College (31), UW-Whitewater (15) and North Central College (12) rounded out the scoring.
 
Wahlgren first won the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 21.31 seconds. Nimke was right behind at 21.33. Mic Boggio (21.83), Collin Heitfeld (22.01) and Riley Spitzig (22.02) all also posted season-best times in the event.
 
The freshmen tandem went 1-2 in the other two sprint freestyle events on the day. In the 100 free, Wahlgren out-touched his teammate with a winning time of 46.33 while Nimke was second at 46.86. Then, Wahlgren won the 200 free at 1:42.46, again just ahead of Nimke at 1:42.84. All four times were season-bests.
 
Milwaukee also took the top spot in four of the five relays at the meet.
 
The Panthers return to action this Wednesday when they look to defend their Horizon League Championship crown at the four-day league meet hosted by UIC.



Sophomore Matt Nutter broke a nine-year-old school record in the men’s 200 backstroke to highlight nine B-cuts for the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams at the Midwest Invitational hosted by the University of Chicago Friday and Saturday.
 
Nutter clocked a B-cut time of 1:52.01 during a time trial for the men’s 200 backstroke, which broke the previous Washington University school record of 1:52.45 set in 2004 by Michael Slavik. Nutter added a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a career-best time of 52.36.
 
Nutter also led-off a pair of winning relays for the Bears over the weekend. He teamed with freshmen Reed Dalton and Kaisen Yao, and senior Brendan Morin to tie for first in the 200-freestyle relay in a time of 1:24.12. Nutter, junior Brian Carpenter, Dalton and Morin also won the 200-medley relay in a time of 1:33.06. The team clocked a B-cut time of 1:32.63 in a time trial Friday night. Morin also swam to third in the 100 butterfly with a B-cut time of 50.43, and posted a career-best and B-cut time of 49.43 in a time trial for the event.
 
In a women’s 200 butterfly time trial Friday night, freshman Amanda Stadermann posted a B-cut time of 2:07.87, and sophomore Hannah Chase clocked a career-best and B-cut time of 2:08.06. Stadermann finished first in the event Saturday with a B-cut time of 2:06.59. Stadermann (58.01) and Chase (59.49) also finished first and third, respectively, in the 100 butterfly.
 
Junior Chi Pham won the women’s 200 individual medley with a B-cut time of 2:07.41 Friday night, before clocking a season-best and B-cut time of 2:05.96 in a time trial Saturday. Sophomore Luke Dobben was the seventh event-winner for Washington U. on the weekend, finishing first in the men’s 200 IM (1:56.20) Friday.
 
The Washington University men finished fifth in the team standings with 180 points, while the Washington U. women scored 76 points to place seventh as a team. Emory University (531) finished first in the men’s team standings, while the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (597) was first in the women’s standings.
 
The Washington University women’s swimming team has 13 individuals who have posted B-cuts this season, while the WUSTL men have eight individuals with A- or B-cuts for the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships scheduled for March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas. Official qualifiers for the National Championships are scheduled to be announced in a press release on NCAA.com Monday, March 4.

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