UWM Women Open Home Season With Wright State And Wheaton
Oct. 28, 2008
Friday, Oct. 31 vs. Wright State
Following a two-week break, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team continues its season with the first league dual of the year, hosting Wright State University Friday at the Klotsche Natatorium. The Panthers will continue a busy weekend, welcoming Wheaton College Saturday. The action is scheduled to get underway Friday at 5 p.m. while Saturday will be an 11 a.m. start.
SCOUTING THE MEETS:
Although UWM leads the all-time series with Wheaton by a 14-3 count and have not lost since 2001, the Thunder present a very challenging NCAA D-III opponent. Over the course of 33 years, Thunder coach Jon Lederhouse has overseen great accomplishments by his men's and women's swim teams, including 45 CCIW titles and 70 All-Americans. The women return a strong group that sent six swimmers to nationals. The Thunder won their 11th consecutive CCIW Championship and finished 12th at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships. All-Americans Kaitlin Marko and Katherine Burt have graduated after stellar collegiate careers. Stepping in to fill the void will be Jillian Morris, Liz Hartman and Ashley Matthisen, who all reached nationals last year.
LAST TIME IN THE POOL:
Wardecke took second in both the 50 and 100 free, finishing just off freshman records in both events. Her time of 24.70 in the 50 was just behind the standard of 24.11 and her clocking of 52.99 in the 100 was just off the freshman mark of 52.64.
Hall was the big winner for UWM on the night, placing first in both the one and three-meter diving events. She scored 239.47 points on the one to lead a one-two-three finish for Milwaukee. Megan McLoone took second (228.22) and Rachel Grimm was third (219.75). On the three, Hall won with 261.75 points with Grimm (216.45) taking second. Finn recorded the victory in the 200 fly, finishing in 2:08.13 to take first by almost four seconds. She also placed second in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:12.75.
Finn posted her first multi-win meet of the season, topping the field in the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM. In the 200 fly, she won in 2:09.62, leading the way for UWM to take four of the top five spots. Finn also won the 200 IM, touching the wall in a season-best 2:11.22. Bailey Nennig was right behind in second, also posting a season-best time of 2:14.46. Ogle paced the 200 freestyle for UWM, winning in a time 1:58.45. That was just enough to touch out Kristina Hansen, who had to settle for second in a time of 1:58.79. Ogle also recorded a victory in the 500 free, winning by almost five seconds with a season-best time of 5:15.99.