Panthers Flex Muscle In Strong Showing Against Flames
Nov. 2, 2013
CHICAGO - Senior Emily McClellan posted two more NCAA B-cut times and posted three of the team's 13 wins on the day as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team handily defeated conference rival UIC, 200-98, Saturday afternoon at the Flames Natatorium
With a 5-0 record in dual meets to start the season, UWM is now off to its second-best start in program history. The Panthers are also 3-0 against conference opponents so far this season.
"Tonight was a good night," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "It's the same kind of score we've been putting up all season but it's against a much better than we've been swimming against. Being able to put that up on UIC tonight really reflects a lot of positives for the women's team moving forward. We didn't have a weak event. We were pretty strong across the entire meet."
McClellan recorded her first B-cut time in her closest event of the day, taking first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.08, still winning by 2.5 seconds. Lindsey Verhulst (1:07.99) came in third and Brianna Huth (1:09.11) was fourth.
McClellan also won the 200 breast with an NCAA B-cut time of 2:14.66, winning by a full 10 seconds. The senior then won the 200 IM, touching the wall first at 2:06.07, nearly seven seconds ahead of second place.
Freshman Natalie Johnson continued to make a waves in her first collegiate season, winning three more events Saturday in impressive fashion. The Cedarburg, Wis. native first won the mile in the team's first time swimming the event this season with a time of 17:16.56, a mere three seconds shy of the freshman record set in 2008.
In the 200 butterfly, Johnson placed first with a winning time of 2:07.43, beating out last year's Horizon League Championships Performer of the Meet by over a full second. Johnson then won the 500 free in 5:04.39. Kelsey Abbas came in second at 5:07.09 and Hilary Woldt was third in 5:12.64.
Abbas also won an event on the day, touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.65, just edging out a pair of teammates for the top spot. Diana Diel was second in 1:55.14 and Nicole Hutchins was third in 1:59.18. Diel also finished runner-up in the 100 fly in 57.44, missing the top spot by less than one-tenth of a second.
The two then switched roles in the 100 free as Yontz took the top spot in 52.90, just out-touching Townsend at 52.91.
Senior Becky Yokosh won a pair of events on the afternoon. She claimed first in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 57.90, more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Freshman Kiersten Seidel just missed a runner-up spot, taking third in 1:00.23 and Erika Pliner was fourth in 1:00.70.
Milwaukee took the top three spots in the 200 back, with Yokosh again leading the way at 2:05.30. Freshman Kristin Zablocki was second in 2:10.62 and Pliner was third in 2:11.57.
In diving, sophomore Rachel Margis finished second on both boards with season-best marks on both boards. On the one-meter, Margis came in runner-up with a score of 259.15. She also took second on the three-meter with a score of 258.05.
Milwaukee's relay teams also took home a pair of wins on the night. Yokosh, McClellan, Diel and Yontz combined to cruise to victory in the opening 200 medley relay in 1:44.87, nearly four seconds ahead of second place.
Then to close the meet, Yontz, Townsend, Yokosh and Diel took the top spot in the 200 free relay in 1:35.69, a new season-best time.
The Panthers will now have a week off before heading to the Stevens Point Border Battle Nov. 15 and 16 in Stevens Point, Wis.