Halverson's Record Headlines Impressive Panther Win
Nic Halverson

Nic Halverson

Jan. 17, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Nic Halverson broke a pool record and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming & diving team had a well-rounded return to the pool in a 153-88 win over IUPUI Friday night at the Klotsche Natatorium.

UWM won 10 of the 13 events in all, but only had two individuals win more than one event to showcase the team's depth and talent.

"When we come off of our training trip, just that slightest little change in schedule in moving from base-building to racing, that's where we're starting to see these time drops." Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "From here on out it's going to be fine tuning. It's still going to be racing, racing, racing, but we don't need build a base anymore, we need to maintain it. Now it's about sharpening ourselves up a little bit.

"We did a lot of things wrong tonight. There's a lot of rust from our racing that we've got to fix, but the speed is there and our aerobic is there. Everything is there to work with, now it's just time to put it all together."

Halverson started things off in the first individual event of the night. The sophomore broke out in front of the field in the mile and touched the wall in 16:15.04, breaking the Klotshce pool record set by Robby Leibold back in 2007. Junior Kenny Stelpflug was second in 16:30.33.

"I was really happy IUPUI wanted to do the mile because at no point of the season are we going to be in a more peak shape than we are right now," Clements said. "So those mile times are awesome. Starting the meet off with two pool records was awesome."

Chris Jenkyns was one of two Panthers to win two events on the night. The senior first took the top spot in the 200 IM for the first time this season, posting a season-best time of 1:58.29. Joe Chokran was second at 2:00.51. Jenkyns also won the 100 backstroke in 52.62, followed closely by newcomer John Kangas at 53.91.

UWM took the top-three spots in the 500 freestyle. Tim Halverson won the event in 4:43.22. Stelpflug was again right behind at 4:45.66 and Ryan Finke was a close third at 4:48.20.

In diving, K.J. Heger won both boards in comfortable fashion for the fourth time this year. The junior took the top spot on the one-meter board with a score of 295.50 and also won the three-meter board at 296.25.

Mike Lucchesi won the 50 free, touching the wall first at 21.52, just edging out teammate Nick Menninga at 21.59.

Max Ward notched his first collegiate win by taking first in the 100 butterfly. The freshman posted a winning time of 52.05, with junior Rob Miller taking second at 53.32.

Milwaukee also won both relay events on the night. Kangas, J. Chokran, Ward and Lucchesi combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:36.71. In the 200 free relay, Lucchesi, Tanner Nimke, Evan Kuker and Menninga teamed up for a time of 1:24.97 to close out an impressive first night back in the pool after the team's annual training trip.

Milwaukee returns to the pool tomorrow, taking on the University of Chicago at the Myers-McLoraine Pool Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.



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