Caldwell Leads Panthers With Record-Breaking Day
Dec. 4, 2004
WHEATON, Ill. - Sophomore Lindsay Caldwell set three school records in a matter of 75 minutes to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming team to third place after the first day of the Wheaton Invitational Friday evening in Wheaton. In addition to her school marks, Caldwell also re-established two pool and meet records.
"I've seen (three records broken in one night) a number of times before," head coach Dave Clark said, "but I never expected it at this time of year. In about an hour and 15 minutes she had broken two meet and pool records and three school records."
In the session's first event, Caldwell swam the opening leg of the 200 freestyle relay with a school, meet and pool-record time of 23.93 over her 50-meter leg, eclipsing a record she set as a freshman. Sophomore Heather Sawatzki and freshmen Heidi Goetsch and Kristin Skiba joined Caldwell to take third with a time of 1:38.43.
Caldwell also swam record times in the 100 breaststroke and 100 free to win both events. In the 100 breast she broke Amanda Chan's three-year old record by over a second with her time of 1:04.69. The time is also a new meet and pool record. The West Bend, Wis. native closed out her record-breaking performances with a time of 52.05 in the 100 free to break another record she had set last season.
"I think her accomplishment is right up there with anyone (at UWM)," Clark said. "Look at the people that hold three records, there aren't many of them. To do it in 75 minutes is pretty incredible."
Junior Emily Holcomb added second-place finishes in both the 200 backstroke and with the 400 medley relay. In the 200 back, she touched the wall in 2:09.80. Holcomb swam the relay with Caldwell, Sawatzki and Skiba to post a time of 3:57.44.
After the first day, the Panthers sit third ith 306 points, behind host Wheaton (443.50 points) and Washington University (326). UW-Steves Point sits fourth with 294, ahead of Grand Valley State (259.50) abd Hope College (161). North Central College with 29 points, Benedictine University with 21 and Albion College with 19 round out the field.
Freshman Emma McKeith added a third-place showing in the 500 free with a time of 5:09.11.
Sawatzki had a busy night of her own, in addition to the 200 free and 400 medley relays, competing in the championship heats of the 200 individual medley, 200 butterfly and with the 800 free relay. She took fourth in 2:13.27 during the 200 IM and posted a sixth-place finish in the 200 fly (2:12.77). The 800 free relay featured Sawatzki, Holcomb and freshmen Michal Hawker and Jessica Kelly taking fourth in 7:59.78.
The Wheaton Invitational wraps up Saturday evening. The day gets underway with preliminaries in the morning and the finals at night.