CHICAGO (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Led by Kendra Rottier's (Green Bay, Wis.) victory in the 1000-yard freestyle, the Green Bay women's swimming and diving team finished the first day of the 2013 Horizon League Championships at the UIC Flames Natatorium in second place, just nine points behind leading Cleveland State. The men's squad ended day one of competition in fifth, only five points out of third.
Rottier, who won three individual championships as a sophomore at the 2012 Horizon League meet in Milwaukee, successfully defended one of her titles on Wednesday, touching in first in the 1000 with a season-best time of 10:07.32. The junior finished three seconds ahead of UIC freshman Veronica Gibson, who was second in 10:10.20.
The highlight for the Phoenix men came in the night's final event - the 200 medley relay. The underclassman quartet of Matt Hollub (Appleton, Wis.), Ryan Korslin (Rudolph, Wis.), Cole Hackney (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Ben Loeffelholz (Dubuque, Iowa) raced to a second-place finish with a time of 1:30.04, breaking the Green Bay school record of 1:31.71 set at last year's conference meet. Hollub, Korslin and Hackney were also on last season's record-setting relay team.
Also earning a top-eight finish for the Phoenix women on Wednesday was junior diver Carrie Dinelli (Northbrook, Ill.), who placed sixth on the 3-meter board with a total of 250.55. Dinelli's preliminary score of 252.55 was her personal best at a conference meet. Senior Jessica Stolfi (Kenosha, Wis.) placed ninth in the 3-meter, winning the consolation finals with a career-best score of 249.80.
"I was very happy with Carrie's performance, and Jessica was smooth, powerful and steady throughout the consolations," diving coach Tom Stover said. "She finished her career on the 3-meter board with an extraordinary effort, providing important points for the team."
The four-day meet at the Flames Natatorium continues on Thursday with swimming prelims at 10 a.m. Live coverage of finals will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. Visit the 2013 Horizon League Championship Central page on GreenBayPhoenix.com for continuing coverage.
Women's Team Scores
1 - Cleveland State 134
2 - Green Bay 125
3 - UIC 121
4 - Wright State 113
5 - Milwaukee 112
6 - Youngstown State 84
7 - Valparaiso 49
Men's Team Scores
1 - Milwaukee 119
2 - Cleveland State 114
3 - Wright State 77
4 - UIC 73
5 - Green Bay 72
6 - Valparaiso
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