Milwaukee Just Misses Host Of School Records At League Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming & diving team posted season-best times in every event in a solid second day of action at the Horizon League Championships at the Busbey Natatorium Friday.
After day two, Milwaukee sits in fourth place with 198 points. Newcomer Oakland is in a clear lead with 327 points. Host Cleveland State sits second with 259 points and UIC is third at 203. Wright State (179), Green Bay (171) and Valparaiso (79) round out the scoring.
"The dynamic of this meet changed dramatically when Oakland joined our conference," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "They're a very fast team. We've been swimming against a lot of fast teams all season and we like doing that, but the conference itself has gotten so fast and we're one of the youngest teams. We only have two seniors at this meet and, if you're looking at the big picture, we're doing very well at this meet so far."
Tim Halverson started the day by just missing the UWM record in the 500 free with a lifetime best time of 4:30.61, good enough for fifth place overall. Jeff Maxwell won the B-final with a season-best time of 4:35.35 and Ryan Finke was right behind at 4:36.44, shaving 12 seconds off his previous season best.
In the 200 IM, five different swimmers broke the league record, all with NCAA B-cut times. Nic Halverson led the way for the Panthers, taking 13th overall with a season-best time of 1:50.97, just over one second from the Milwaukee school record. In prelims, Joe Chokran, Taylor Wisdorf and David Chokran all swam lifetime bests and just missed finals.
In the final event of the night, Chris Jenkyns, J. Chokran, Lucchesi and Nick Menninga teamed up to post a time of 3:19.35, nearly three seconds faster than their previous best this season to take sixth.
Day three gets underway Friday with preliminary action at 9 a.m. CT, with finals, which can be seen live on the Horizon League Network, slatted for a 4:30 p.m. start.