Panthers Win Border Battle For Third-Straight Year
Nov. 12, 2011
Stevens Point, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming team took first at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Border Battle for the third-straight year Saturday after winning seven events in session two and adding four more in the final session to win the invitational.
UWM posted an impressive 1114 points after all three sessions went final. South Dakota came in second with 950 points, the host Pointers took third with 883 and Minnesota State rounded out the scoring with 546.
"Today went well. We accomplished our goal of being able to figure out how to finish races," UWM head coach Kyle Clements said. "Fatigue set in, but that's what we were looking for and the kids were able to push that off and finish their races. Overall, we're excited about the results and now we're really looking forward to (the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational), where we can really focus on our races."
Sophomores Becky Yokosh and Emily McClellan each won a pair of events while the depth of the team was on display as 10 different swimmers combined to win 11 events. Individually, along with Yokosh and McClellan, junior Maggi Beck, and sophomores Mary Kuyvenhoven, Diana Diel and Brittany Walsh each had first-place finishes, with all three relays taking first, as well.
Yokosh led the way in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. In the 100, the sophomore touched the wall at 59.06, just in front of teammates Sierra Townsend (1:00.05), Erika Pliner (1:01.16), Diandra Prutton (1:02.14), Danielle Chapman (1:02.81) and Maggie Pease (1:03.84). In all, the Panthers took the top-six spots in the event. Milwaukee also grabbed the first four places in the 200, with Yokosh finishing first at 2:06.96.
McClellan swept the breaststroke events, taking first in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.04) in the second session while touching the wall first in the 200 (2:19.23) in the third session. Senior Sarah Wardecke also finished second in both events.
In the 400 IM, Beck just outpaced sophomores Hilary Woldt and Walsh for first place, winning the race with a time of 4:43.17.
Diel took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.46, while Kuyvenhoven took first in the 200 butterfly at 2:13.42.
Walsh wrapped up the individual titles in the 1650 freestyle, winning the race with a time of 17:55.92, nearly 25 seconds in front of second place.
The Panthers have a two-week break before returning to the pool at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational Dec. 2-4.