Women's Swimming Smashes Four Pool Records In Dominating Win
Natalie Johnson (left) and Emily McClellan (right) combined to break three pool records Friday (photo courtesy of Christine Lucas)

Natalie Johnson (left) and Emily McClellan (right) combined to break three pool records Friday (photo courtesy of Christine Lucas)

Jan. 17, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team improved to 6-0 on the season after an impressive return to the pool, taking down IUPUI, 157-86, Friday night at the Klotsche Natatorium.

UWM broke four pools records in the first meet of the calendar year en route to its sixth win of season.

"When we come off of our training trip, just that slightest little change in schedule in moving from base-building to racing, that's where we're starting to see these time drops." Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "From here on out it's going to be fine tuning. It's still going to be racing, racing, racing, but we don't need build a base anymore, we need to maintain it. Now it's about sharpening ourselves up a little bit.

"We did a lot of things wrong tonight. There's a lot of rust from our racing that we've got to fix, but the speed is there and our aerobic is there. Everything is there to work with, now it's just time to put it all together."

The Panthers kicked off the night in impressive fashion. Becky Yokosh, Emily McClellan, Sierra Townsend and Anna Yontz teamed up to win the opening 200 medley relay in 1:45.28, nearly four seconds ahead of second place. That time also breaks the Klotsche pool record set earlier this season.

Natalie Johnson then continued the trend in event number two. The freshman shattered the Klotsche record in the mile, touching the wall at 17:24.92, almost nine seconds faster than the previous record holder. Johnson also won the 500 free in 5:10.05.

"I was really happy IUPUI wanted to do the mile because at no point of the season are we going to be in a more peak shape than we are right now," Clements said. "So those mile times are awesome. Starting the meet off with two pool records was awesome."

Another pair of pool records fell when McClellan took the pool. The senior phenom first broke her own pool record in the 200 IM by a full two seconds, taking first in 2:03.11. Sophomore Hannah Lucas took third in 2:12.51. Then, in the last individual event of the night, McClellan broke her own 100 breast Klotsche record with a winning time of 1:01.43.

Diana Diel won a pair of events on the night. The senior led the way in the 100 free in 52.82, with Yontz (53.64) and Nicole Hutchins (54.80) right behind. Diel also took first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.28, with Hutchins just behind in third at 1:57.70.

Milwaukee took the top-two spots in the 50 free. Townsend won the event in 24.50 seconds, followed closely by Lindsey Verhulst in 25.10.

Freshman Kristin Zablocki won the 100 butterfly for the first time in her collegiate career with a time of 58.94. Classmate Emily Roche took second in 1:00.65 and Leah Winckler was third at 1:01.26.

Rachel Margis, Milwaukee's lone women's diver, bested the field on the three-meter board with a score of 240.60. The sophomore also won the one-meter board with a season-best score of 279.82.

The Panthers closed the night with a win in the 200 free relay. Townsend, Diel, Yokosh and Yontz combined to post a time of 1:37.67, just shy of another pool record.

Milwaukee returns to the pool tomorrow, taking on the University of Chicago at the Myers-McLoraine Pool Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.



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