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Rottier's Victory Has Phoenix in Second Place on Day One

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Release: February 27, 2013
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Kendra Rottier successfully defended her title in the 1000 freestyle on Wednesday.
By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

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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Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
7:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
7:00 PM
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
at Dayton
1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.



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