Milwaukee Dominates Again For Third-Staight Title
Feb. 25, 2012
Brown Deer, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming and diving team won its third-consecutive Horizon League Championship Saturday after another dominating performance in the pool at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center.
Milwaukee finished with 901 points, 174.5 in front of Cleveland State (726.5). That is the largest margin of victory at the conference meet since Milwaukee joined the Horizon League.
UIC came in third at 701.5, Wright State was fourth with 475 and Green Bay (432) and Valparaiso (148) rounded out the scoring.
"I'm just so proud," Clements said. "These men that have come in here, freshmen through seniors, they have won three years in a row for good reason. They are by far the deepest and best team in the Horizon League. We've had to fight some people off and had to battle better swimmers, but we've been by far the best team for a long time."
Already having the title easily in hand, Milwaukee continued to dominate on day four, including the final event. Kyle Trelka, Sam Niesen, Mike Schalla and Nathan Welchlin combined to take the league title in the 400 freestyle relay with a school-record time of 2:58.01.
Milwaukee took three of the top-four spots in the 200 butterfly, led by senior Evan Green, finishing with a time of 1:49.60. Two more seniors came in right behind, as Jordan Diel took third with a season-best time of 1:50.26, while Sky Boggio took fourth in 1:50.97, also a season-best time.
The Panthers continued to dominate the podium in the first event of the day. Stelpflug was named all-league second-team in the 1650 freestyle, finishing with a UWM freshman-record time of 15:47.05. Junior Brian Verink took sixth in the event at 16:05.62 and sophomore Jeff Maxwell finished eighth at 16:11.95.
Senior Brady Huemann shattered the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:02.42, beating the previous mark by nearly one second and just missing all-league first-team honors. Senior Sam Keele took sixth in 2:03.91 and junior David Dvorak won the consolation finals in 2:05.66.
Welchlin also took fifth in the 100 freestyle in a season-best time of 45.15, while junior Mike Brady was right behind also with a season-best swim in seventh at 45.28.
In the 200 backstroke, Milwaukee continued to flex its muscle as Niesen (1:49.78), Trelka (1:51.54) and Chris Jenkyns (1:52.06) all finished in the top-six.
This concludes Milwaukee's outstanding year in the pool that saw them finish the regular season undefeated in dual meets with a 10-0 record.
2012 Horizon League Men's Champions: Milwaukee