Women's Swimming Topples Chicago
Freshman Rachel Margis

Freshman Rachel Margis

Jan. 19, 2013


CHICAGO - In their first action of the new year, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team won 12 of 16 events and cruised to a 180-116 win over the University of Chicago Saturday at the Myers-McLoraine Pool.

Junior Diana Diel and sophomore Sierra Townsend each won a par of events on the day and freshman Rachel Margis swept the diving events to lead the way for Milwaukee.

Margis recorded a career-best in the one-meter diving competition with an NCAA Zone Score of 265.45, automatically qualifying her for post-season action. The Racine native also took the top spot on the three-meter board with a score of 261.90. Classmates Anna Percival and Leah Hennes just missed season-best marks to take third and fourth, respectively.

Townsend picked up her first win of the day in the 200 freestyle. The sophomore touched the wall first at 1:55.29, just ahead of junior Emily McClellan, who was second at 1:56.41. Townsend's second victory came in the 100 free with a winning time of 53.73, just beating out teammates Anna Yontz (second, 53.80) and Maggie Maxstadt (third, 55.59).

Diel also had an impressive day in the pool, winning the 100 breaststroke in the first time swimming the event on the season. The junior won the event at 1:07.40, just ahead of junior Brianna Huth, who was second at 1:09.97. Diel also took the top spot in the 100 butterfly at 58.88.

Freshman Kelsey Abbas and senior Diandra Prutton were neck-and-neck in the 100 backstroke. Abbas won the event at 59.56, a fraction ahead of Prutton at 59.61.



In the 200 back, junior Becky Yokosh took the top spot with a time of 2:06.11. Abbas was second in 2:07.06.

Yontz won the 50 freestyle in 24.56 seconds. Junior Lindsey Verhulst was second at 24.79.

McClellan broke the Chicago pool record in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:17.56. Verhulst again came in second at 2:24.81.

Both Panther relays also claimed victories on the day. The 200 medley relay (Prutton, McClellan, Diel and Yokosh) easily finished atop the podium with a time of 1:46.78, more than three seconds in front of second place. Yontz, McClellan, Townsend and Diel (3:33.35) then teamed up to win the 400 free relay in the final event of the day.

Milwaukee diving returns to the pool next week at the UIC Diving Invitational Saturday, Jan. 26, while the swimming team is off until its final regular-season meet at conference rival Green Bay Saturday, Feb. 2.

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