More Records Fall In Final Day In Iowa
Dec. 2, 2012
Iowa City, Iowa - Nathan Welchlin and Becky Yokosh both broke school records, Emily McClellan won her second event of the weekend and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's swimming & diving teams wrapped up a strong three-day showing at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational Sunday.
The Panther women finished seventh overall after three days in the pool with 230 points. Michigan won the invite with 876.5 points. Nebraska was second with 670 points followed by Iowa (559.5), Northwestern (472.5), Denver (330.5) and Washington State (278). Notre Dame was eighth with 96 points, with Iowa State (31) and Northern Iowa (5) closing out the scoring.
On the men's side, Milwaukee came in fifth place with 260.5 points. Michigan finished the sweep of the meet with 1,150 points to take first. Notre Dame was second at 794, while host Iowa (606.5) and Denver (478) closed out the scoring.
"Overall, we had a very good weekend here in Iowa," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "We're very excited to see these results after all the work that we've been putting in. This is why we work so hard, so we can go to meets like this and put up the times we are looking for. It's impossible to narrow it down to just one person or a couple - we have so many swimming well right now."
McClellan won the 200 breaststrokes in 2:10.64, nearly two seconds in front of the next swimmer at the highly competitive meet. That time is a new meet record and an NCAA B-cut time. In the C-Final, Liz Bishop posted a season-best time of 2:23.26 for 19th and Lindsey Verhulst was 22nd in 2:24.81, also a season-best.
Yokosh lowered her own school and league record in the 200 backstroke to start the day with a time of 1:58.71 in prelims. In finals, she touched the wall at 1:59.01 for sixth place overall. Both were NCAA B-cut times.
In the 200 butterfly, Welchlin posted a time of 1:48.34 in prelims to break Chase Gravengood's record of 1:48.40 set in 2008. Welchlin touched the wall in 1:49.06 in finals to take eighth. Ryan Finke (19th) and Rob Miller (23rd) both also posted season-best times on the day in the event.
On the men's side, Mike Brady led the way with a time of 45.69, good enough for 15th overall.
Nic Halverson came close to the freshman record in the mile, touching the wall at 15:50.91 for 13th place, roughly three seconds shy of the mark Kenny Stelpflug set last year. Tim Halverson was 18th at 15:59.91 and Stelpflug came in 23rd at 16:11.83. Brian Verink was right behind for 24th.
Sophomore Kelly Theis was Milwaukee's top women's finisher in the 1650 free with a time a season-best time of 17:37.10.
In the men's 200 backstroke, Niesen posted a season-best time of 1:52.55 in prelims and came in 24th overall in the evening session.
After three days of action, Milwaukee posted a combined total of 205 season-best times.
Both teams are done with competition for 2012 and return to the pool again in mid January. In the meantime, the Panthers will take their annual training trip to Florida from Jan. 3-12.