Panthers Claim Eighth-Straight Border Battle Title
Nov. 16, 2013
Stevens Point, Wis. - For the eighth-straight season, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming team took the top spot at the Stevens Point Border Battle, wrapping up the two-day meet with more impressive times Saturday.
UWM won the meet with 773.5 points. Host Stevens Point was second with 638 and South Dakota was third with 576.5.
"On a weekend as a whole, we achieved our goal," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "The team realized that no matter how hard we train or how hard we work during the week, they're still capable of putting up fast times. We saw a lot this week and that's why we're here. We're here to push ourselves and work hard all week and then swim and execute all weekend. And not just swim, but excel in each event. We did that and I was happy with the weekend."
Milwaukee busted out of the gates Saturday, taking the top three spots in the first individual event. Nic Halverson won the 400 IM with a blazing time of 4:12.31. Kenny Stelpflug was right behind at 4:17.79 for second and Jeff Maxwell was third in 4:24.47.
Nearly the same group also dominated the 1650 free. Stelpflug this time took first, winning the mile-long event in 16 minutes, 45.50 seconds. N. Halverson was second in 16:52.44 and Tim Halverson was fourth in 17:06.45.
Senior Chris Jenkyns took the top spot in the 100 backstroke. Jenkyns touched the wall first in 53.11 for nearly a two-second victory.
The Panthers' also won the 800 free relay as N. Halverson, Stelpflug, Lucchesi and T. Halverson combined to finish the event in 6:59.89, nearly eight seconds ahead of second place.
In the 200 medley relay, Jenkyns, Teddy Stackman, Ward and Lucchesi teamed up to post a time of 1:37.86, just missing the top spot and taking second.
T. Halverson just placed second in the 200 free with a time of 1:44.86, fractions of a second from a win.
The Panthers will now take a few weeks rest before returning to the pool at the end of the month. Milwaukee heads to the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational for a three-day meet Dec. 6-8 in Iowa City, Iowa.