Green Bay Swimming Teams Cruise Past Valpo

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Release: December 10, 2011
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Both Phoenix squads had a winner in 12 of the meet's 14 swimming events Saturday.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - In their final meet prior to departing for their annual winter training trip in Venice, Fla., the Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving teams picked up dual victories over Horizon League foe Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at the Dorschel Natatorium.

Both Green Bay squads had a winner in 12 of the meet's 14 swimming events, as the Phoenix women earned a 151-98 victory and the men won 157-87.

Coming off a record-breaking performance at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational last weekend, sophomore Kendra Rottier (Green Bay, Wis.) won three events for the Phoenix women on Saturday. Rottier began her day with a win in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:38.59) before taking the 200 butterfly (2:09.38) and aiding a victory in the meet-closing 200 free relay (1:40.12).

Junior Emilee Harry (Sheboygan, Wis.) was also part of three wins for the Phoenix women, joining Rottier in the 200 free relay, while also winning the 100 free (53.59) and swimming on the victorious 200 medley relay squad (1:50.88) in the meet's opening event.

Other multi-event winners on the women's side were senior Amy Burback (Waunakee, Wis.) and junior Heather Bodin (Maple Grove, Minn.). Burback placed first in both the 100 breaststroke (1:06.75) and the 500 freestyle (5:10.82), while Bodin took the 200 free (1:58.55) and the 200 IM (2:11.61).

On the men's side, freshman Ben Loeffelholz (Dubuque, Iowa) won a pair of individual events, taking home wins in the 200 free (1:48.91) and 100 butterfly (53.84). Classmate Ryan Korslin (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) and sophomore Robert Miner (Madison, Wis.) were also two-time winners, as both were part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:37.00), while Korslin won the 100 breaststroke (59.82) and Miner took the 500 free (4:54.36).

Sophomore Cole Hackney (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) also earned a pair of wins for the Phoenix men, leading off the winning 200 free relay (1:28.15) and also touching in first in the 100 free (48.42).

Despite only competing against themselves, the Green Bay divers also turned a number of strong performances on Saturday. Men's senior Daniel Pogue (Chisholm, Minn.) accumulated a personal best score of 347.25 in the 3-meter event, while junior Mitchell Spaeth (Fredonia, Wis.) also posted a career best 315.45 on the high board.

On the women's side, sophomore Carrie Dinelli (Northbrook, Ill.) was consistent on both boards, scoring a 234.90 on the 1-meter and a 233.25 on the 3-meter. Dinelli's 1-meter total was the highest of her collegiate career.

After finishing finals next week, the Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving squads will depart for their annual training trip in Venice, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 2 and will return on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Phoenix teams will compete in a dual meet with Illinois Wesleyan after arriving in Florida on Jan. 2.


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