Panthers Fall Just Short To Northwestern
Jan. 16, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Senior Nathan Welchlin broke a pool record and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming & diving team closed out the home portion of its schedule with a hard-fought 166-125 loss to Northwestern at the Klotsche Natatorium Wednesday evening.
The Panthers won five events on the day in their first competitive action since a Dec. 2 meet at Iowa.
"Tonight was fun and I am glad we are back in the pool," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "It has been since the first week of December since we have had someone to race against besides ourselves. It was nice to touch pads with a quality opponent like Northwestern. It was a really quick meet but a lot of quality things happened tonight."
Welchlin knocked off a Klotsche record that had stood for nearly 10 years in the 200 butterfly with an outstanding swim, touching the wall at 1:50.04. Sophomore Ryan Finke came in third at 1:56.44.
Welchlin also took the top spot in the 100 fly, finishing with a time of 50.02 and just missing another pool record. Sophomore Mike Lucchesi was third at 51.35 and Finke was fifth with a season-best time of 52.79.
In the night's final event, Lucchesi and Welchlin teamed up with Mike Schalla and Mike Brady to win the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:06.22.
Sophomore Lee Anderson led the way in diving, taking first on the three-meter board with an impressive score of 321.90. K.J. Heger came in second at 310.60. Heger was Milwaukee's top diver on platform, taking second with a score of 254.25. Freshman Andres Villa was third at 227.25.
The Panthers had strong swims all around in the 1000 freestyle. Nic Halverson came in second at 9:40.79, while sophomore Kenny Stelpflug posted a season-best time of 9:42.09. Jeff Maxwell also did well, coming in fourth at 9:59.12.
In the 200 free, Brady just missed a victory, touching the wall in 1 minute, 43.79 seconds for second place.
Chris Jenkyns was Milwaukee's top swimmer in both backstroke events. He posted a time of 52.65 in the 100 back and had a season-best time of 1:53.01 in the 200 back.
UWM returns to the pool right away this Saturday, heading just south of the state border for a meet with the University of Chicago. Action is set to start at 1 p.m.