Milwaukee Closes Regular Season With Impressive Win Over Green Bay
Senior Sam Niesen

Senior Sam Niesen

Feb. 2, 2013

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Green Bay, Wis. - 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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