Panthers Poised For Third-Straight Crown
Feb. 24, 2012
Brown Deer, Wis. - Senior Jordan Diel won a league championship and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming and diving team continued to build an impressive lead after the third day of action at the Horizon League Championships at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center.
Milwaukee sits on top with a score of 653, with UIC in second at 505.5 and Cleveland State in third at 502.5. Wright State is in fourth at 321, Green Bay fifth with 316 and Valparaiso sixth at 121.
"This was just another tremendous day for us," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "The guys really brought it this morning. We had 21 individuals competing with divers, and 19 of them competed in the A finals. That's unheard of. Everyone has really stepped it up and once again our depth is really shining through right now."
Diel took first in the 100 butterfly with a school-record time of 48.38 to best the mark of 48.57 he set at the league meet last year. Three more seniors scored in the event as Sky Boggio (49.42) took fourth, Evan Green (49.98) was sixth and Nathan Rahe (50.65) took seventh.
Rahe also had a strong showing in the 400 IM, taking fourth with a season-best time of 4:01.74, just behind senior Sam Keele, who took third and just missed a school record at 3:58.84. Senior Brady Huemann also scored in the final, taking seventh in 4:04.78.
Senior Brady Huemann crushed his own school record in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 55.78, over a second off his previous best to take all-league second-team honors. David Dvorak also had a season-best swim, finishing in 56.90.
Freshman Kenny Stelpflug, and juniors Sam Niesen, Nathan Welchlin and Mike Brady just missed a school record in the 800 freestyle relay with an NCAA `B' cut time of 6:37.95 and finishing all-league second-team.
Milwaukee dominated the podium again in the 200 freestyle, taking four of the top-eight spots. Welchlin led the way with a third-place finish at 1:39.06. Brady was just behind in fourth at 1:39.83, while juniors Caleb Sandvold (1:40.83) took seventh and Mike Schalla (1:40.85) eighth.
The Panthers placed three freshman divers in the A final. Lee Anderson took fifth with a score of 303.45. K.J. Heger was sixth at 298.60 after winning prelims and Andy LeFleur finished eighth with 273.05 points.
Niesen just missed a school record in the 100 backstroke, taking all-league second-team honors with a swim of 50.15. Kyle Trelka and Christ Jenkyns also scored for UWM, taking fourth and eighth overall.
The final day of action kicks off tomorrow with preliminaries starting at 10:30 a.m. and finals, which can be seen live on the Horizon League Network, set to start at 6:30 p.m.