Panthers Host Bill Ritter Invitational
Jan. 18, 2005
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming and diving finally gets to compete in its home pool this weekend (Jan. 21-22) when it hosts the annual Bill Ritter Invitational at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers are competing in Milwaukee for just the second time this season and first since October.
Diving will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at the Schroeder YMCA (9250 N. Green Bay Rd.)
Swimming begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m., while there are two sessions on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Swimming events are held at the Klotsche Center (3409 N. Downer Ave.)
Scouting the Field
The field of the Bill Ritter Invitational has changed very little from year to year, and 2005 is no different. League foes Butler, UIC and UW-Green Bay will all be making the trek to Milwaukee, while Marquette's club team will travel crosstown to compete.
Saying the field has changed little is an understatement, as these four teams have joined UWM at this meet each year since Butler joined the party in 2002.
Last Time Out
UWM won eight events, including two each by freshman Chase Gravengood and junior Jeff Jasinowski, in topping Valparaiso, 141-87, in dual meet action Sunday in Valparaiso, Ind. The Panthers moved to 3-3 on the season with the dual meet win, and have now won all 11 dual meets in the two teams' series history.
With two more wins on Sunday, Chase Gravengood continues to impress with a stellar freshman campaign. The 200 freestyle and butterfly wins gave him a total of eight first-place finishes on the season, while he has taken second six more times. The Oconomowoc, Wis., native has also added a school-record swim in the 400 individual medley, giving him one of just two school marks held by freshmen (200 IM).
Bill Ritter History
Milwaukee has been the epitome of consistency over the last six years, taking second at the Ritter Invite each year. Prior to that, the Panthers had won each of the first seven installments of the meet.
Last Year's Bill Ritter
Senior Michael Belting won two events, to compliment three wins by Michael Belting, to lead the Panthers within 40 points of its first Ritter Championship in six years. As it was, UW-Green Bay edged UWM 1043-1003 for the title.
2005 Horizon League Championships
For the second time in four years, UWM will play host to the Horizon League Championships at the Schroeder YMCA in Brown Deer, Wis. The Panthers last hosted the event in 2001, also at the Schroeder YMCA. This year's league meet runs Feb. 25 through the 28th.
The Panthers' "homestand" wraps up when Western Illinois visits the Klotsche Center on Jan. 29 for a dual meet. UWM and WIU hit the pool at 2 p.m.