Panthers Post Impressive Times In Narrow Loss
Nov. 2, 2013
CHICAGO - Juniors Kenny Stelpflug and K.J. Heger each won two events and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming & diving team continued to make impressive strides before narrowly falling, 157-141, to UIC Saturday at the Flames Natatorium.
"Tonight was a good night," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. ""We'll never be happy with second, but we're really happy with the time that we dropped today. We felt our times today were a positive reflection of what the men's team has going forward. All-in-all, it was a good day."
Stelpflug started the day by winning the mile the first time the team swam the event this season. The junior just touched out UIC's top finisher with a time of 16:18.31 for first place. Nic Halverson came in third in 16:28.38.
UWM took the top three spots in the 500 freestyle, again with Stelpflug leading the way. This team he won the event comfortably with a winning time of 4:41.02, just beating out teammates Tim Halverson (4:44.96) in second and Ryan Finke (4:50.67) for third.
Heger continued his outstanding start to the season. The junior, who already owns the one-meter record at the UIC Natatorium, broke the pool three-meter record Saturday with an impressive score of 376.50, just missing his own school record that he already broke this season. On the one-meter board, Heger also took the top spot with a score of 318.35 to sweep the events for the third-straight time this season.
Mike Lucchesi won the 100 freestyle, touching the wall first in 46.99, the fastest time by a Panther this season and third-fastest time so far in the conference. Nick Menninga was third at 48.17 and Erik Wahlgren was fourth at 48.74
For the second-straight day, senior Chris Jenkyns won a backstroke event, this time taking the top spot in the 200 backstroke in 1:54.68, a season best by nearly three seconds. Nic Halverson was third in 1:56.39 and Jeff Maxwell was fourth at 1:57.80.
Tim Halverson also took home a victory for the Panthers on the day, winning the 200 free in 1:43.47, the fastest team time so far this season.
The Panthers were just touched out in both of their relays on the day. Jenkyns, Teddy Stackman, Lucchesi and Menninga finished the 200 medley relay in 1:34.71, one one-hundredth of a second shy of the winning time.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Menninga, T. Halverson, Evan Kuker and Lucchesi came in second in 1:25.13, with UIC's team winning in 1:25.02.
Other second-place finishers on the day for UWM included freshman David Chokran in both the 100 breaststroke (59.22) and the 200 breast (2:10.86), Finke in the 200 fly (1:56.34) and Menninga in the 50 free (21.50).
The Panthers will now have a week off before heading to the Stevens Point Border Battle Nov. 15 and 16 in Stevens Point, Wis.