Green Bay Finishes House of Champions Invite Strong
By Kaylie Noll
Day three of IUPUI’s 13th annual House of Champions invitational concluded Sunday evening with the women finishing third and the men ending up fifth out of 12 total teams.
The final evening opened with the longest event of the line-up, the 1650 yard freestyle. For the women, junior Stephanie Garvin picked up another second-place finish with a season-best time of 17:14.59. Sophomore Rosalyn Stoa placed 12th in 18:05.66, freshman Alyssa Hyland earned 17th with a time of 18:19.11, and sophomore Annika Engstrom came in 25th in 19:08.21.
For the men, freshman Tyler Lustig shattered the Green Bay freshman record by approximately 17 seconds with his time of 15:58.48, taking seventh place overall in the process. The other half of the freshman distance pair was Jack VanZee, touching the wall 16th in 16:49.18.
The women’s 200 yard backstroke saw Natalie Neuwirth with the highest finish. The senior made the B final and posted a time of 2:07.57. Sophomore Katherine Nagler and junior Kaylie Noll qualified for the C final. Nagler won the heat handily in 2:07.55 with a time drop of nearly three seconds from her morning swim while Noll moved up a place in the heat with a season-best time of 2:12.39.
On the men’s side, the team grabbed major points with all four swimmers making the top two final heats. Junior Thomas Everson was the fastest Phoenix on the squad, squeaking into the A final with his preliminary time of 1:51.64 and grabbing seventh place at night. Sophomore Charlie Warren, junior Brian Borden, and junior Alec Rutkowski all earned coveted spots in the B final. Warren dropped three seconds from his morning race to take tenth place in 1:52.07 while Borden grabbed 13th and Rutkowski finished 16th.
The women’s 100 yard freestyle was the next event of the evening. Senior Claire Friederick and sophomore Alicia Hanson tied for 14th place in the B final, touching the wall at exactly 52.42. Senior Janna Check slid into the C final after prelims, and moved up to 18th place with a finishing time of 53.09. In the non-scoring D final, freshman Claire Stuart got another chance to swim after her preliminary season-best time of 53.69.
In the men’s 100 free, senior Derick Goodson and sophomore Nick Garcia made it into the C final. Goodson dropped over a second from his seed time and moved into 21st after touching the wall at 47.52. Garcia barely made the final with his time of 47.79 in the morning to sit at 24th, but clawed his way up to tie for 22nd in the evening. Sophomore Manny Hernandez touched the wall at 48.22 in the morning, making it into the D final, where he nearly matched his earlier time.
The women’s 200 yard breaststroke saw freshman Clare Martell in another A final. She dropped almost three seconds from her time in prelims, which was nearly three seconds faster than her seed time. Her finishing time of 2:24.15 moved her into sixth place overall. This time, Martell had a teammate in the breaststroke event with her. Hyland came back from the mile to post a time of 2:34.81 in the D final.
The men’s 200 breast had Austin Sturdivant as the top scorer. The senior went a season-best time of 2:07.67 in the C final, good for 19th place. Fifth-year senior Collin Morgan’s 2:09.47, a four-second drop in prelims, qualified for C finals as well, where he took 24th. Junior Noah Hanold swam in the D final after posting 2:10.41 in the morning.
The final individual event of the weekend was the 200 yard butterfly. On the women’s side, the Phoenix showcased five swimmers in the scoring finals. Senior Haley Lucas led the way, holding seed and touching third in the A final at 2:05.05. Freshman Allissa Smith also held seed in the A final, earning eighth in 2:07.64. Junior Marissa Warren won the B final with a two-second drop from the morning to finish at 2:06.65. Engstrom, after swimming the mile earlier in the afternoon, touched the wall at 2:10.85, good for 15th. In the C final, junior Sydney Lloyd cut off an impressive 11 and a half seconds from her seed time. She finished 19th with a time of 2:11.75.
The men were just as tough in the finals of the 200 butterfly. Freshman Riley Darling went a season-best time of 1:51.88 to grab tenth in the B final, while Lustig had enough gas in the tank after the mile to drop his time down to 1:52.72 and place 13th. Although Rutkowski raced in another B final only an hour earlier, but held seed in the 200 fly to finish 15th. Sophomore Eli Broman was scratched into the C final, and moved up into 21st, scoring valuable team points. Junior Collin DuChene’s morning swim broke the two-minute barrier for the first time this season, earning him a place in the D final.
The women’s 400 yard freestyle relays solidified their third-place title. The A squad of Hanson, Stoa, Friederick, and Garvin teamed up to drop six and a half seconds and move up into second. Their final time was 3:28.34. The B squad consisted of Stuart, Check, Nagler, and Smith, dropping 10 seconds and taking home seventh.
On the men’s side, the B squad beat the A squad by a few hundredths, proving their relay depth yet again. The B relay saw Warren, Rutkowski, Darling, and freshman Garrett Spencer finish at 3:09.45, while the A relay had Borden, Garcia, Goodson, and Hernandez touch the wall at 3:09.76.
Head Coach Reed Robelot said, “Racing at an invitational brings us a lot of benefits and insight during this time of year. It’s great to see different teams and competitors in the pool as well as on the boards. Our student-athletes are really able to test themselves in a premier facility after an intense fall of training and racing. So many of our swimmers and divers step up to perform in very heated situation. Watching who rises to the occasion gives us a good idea of who will be ready for the championship season.”
The Phoenix will be nonstop training for the next two months until their next meet, scheduled to be at home against Northern Michigan on January 14th, 2017.
Saturday, day two of the three-day 13th annual House of Champions invitational, showcased more fast midseason swims for the Phoenix.
After the evening finals session, the women slid into third place, behind Missouri State and IUPUI, while the men moved up into fourth place, behind Missouri State, IUPUI, and the University of Indianapolis. These scores are not official and may not be accurate due to technical difficulties.
The women’s 400 individual medley had senior Natalie Neuwirth and sophomore Annika Engstrom in the B final, finishing 11th and 15th, respectively. Neuwirth’s finals swim clocked in at 4:35.47 while Engstrom touched the wall at 4:38.67. Both dropped over ten seconds from their seed times. Sophomore Rosalyn Stoa won the C final, racing to a finishing time of 4:36.04, nearly eight seconds faster than her preliminary swim. Freshman Alyssa Hyland made it into the non-scoring D final with her prelims time of 4:48.02.
The 200 yard freestyle for the women proved exciting as junior Stephanie Garvin raced to a season-best time of 1:51.25 and second place in the A final. Senior Janna Check dropped time as well, posting a two-second drop from her morning swim. Check’s time in the B final, 1:53.78, earned 10th place. Finally, freshman Rachel Anderson swam again at night in the D final, her finals time of 1:59.00 only a few tenths behind her race in prelims.
In the 100 yard breaststroke, freshman Clare Martell put the team on her back as the only female swimmer in the event. She made the A final with a lifetime best time of 1:04.95 in the morning, and held her seed at night, finishing fifth place overall.
The women’s 100 yard backstroke had freshman Allissa Smith in the B final to score points. She took 16th place after posting a time of 57.78 in the morning session. Sophomore Katie Nagler and junior Kaylie Noll competed in the D final for time rather than for points, with Nagler dropping her time from earlier down to 59.28.
In the women’s 1 meter diving, freshman Eleandra Higley finished seventh and junior Alley Paupst took eighth. In the middle of the competition, top Phoenix diver Bailey Wagner hit the board and was taken to the hospital with a broken hand, unable to finish.
Back in the pool, the women’s A squad in the 800 yard freestyle relay took home shiny silver, with Stoa, Garvin, Check, and Neuwirth teaming up to post a time of 7:35.17. The B squad of Anderson, junior Marissa Warren, freshman Claire Stuart, and Engstrom finished 14th in 8:01.37.
On the men’s side, in 400 yard individual medley, junior Thomas Everson was the highest scorer, racing in the B final. His finals time of 4:07.25 was good for 13th place. Fellow junior Collin DuChene scored in the C final, dropping three seconds from prelims to post a time of 4:18.12 and earn 22nd place.
The men’s 200 yard freestyle had sophomores Manny Hernandez and Nicholas Garcia swimming in the D final. Hernandez dropped two seconds to post a time of 1:42.82, while Garcia shaved a few tenths off as well, finishing with a time of 1:44.67.
For the men’s 100 yard breaststroke, junior Noah Hanold was the top finisher, swimming 57.97 to earn 15th place in the B final. In the C final, senior Austin Sturdivant won the heat with a time of 57.91, while fifth year senior Collin Morgan grabbed 20th place with a time of 58.98. Freshman Garrett Spencer dropped under a minute in the D final, finishing at 59.75.
The men’s 100 yard backstroke was led by junior Brian Borden, who moved up into seventh place in the A final with a time of 51.10. Sophomore Charlie Warren placed 11th in the B final with a time of 51.65. Finally, junior Colby Smith made it back in the D final, and dropped his time down to 53.91.
The 800 freestyle relay teams for the men ended up eighth and ninth place. The A squad, made up of Garcia, Hernandez, freshman Riley Darling, and junior Alec Rutkowski finished at 6:57.70. The B squad of Borden, Warren, VanZee, and Everson were right behind at 7:02.34.
Official results have now been published for the medley relays. The A squad consisted of Smith, Martell, senior Haley Lucas, and sophomore Ali Hanson. They posted a time of 1:46.39 to take fifth place. Meanwhile, the B squad was made up of Nagler, Noll, Warren, and Stuart, swimming 1:52.30 for 18th.
On the men’s side, the A squad consisted of Warren, Hanold, Smith, and senior Derick Goodson. They touched the wall at 1:34.26, dropping a second from their seed and placing eighth. The B squad was made up of VanZee, Sturdivant, Darling, and Morgan. The relay teamed up to finish in 11th place with a final time of 1:35.90.
On the men's 3 meter board, junior Michael Klemm finished in second place. Teammates James Wise, a senior, and Joshua Yahr, a freshman, ended up eighth and tenth, respectively.
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The Green Bay Phoenix Swim and Dive team started off the three-day, 13th annual House of Champions invitational with a solid showing from both rosters on Friday.
Up against 12 other teams at the IUPUI natatorium, an increase from last year’s nine other competitors, the Phoenix ended the first day with the women sitting in second and the men ranked fifth. The scores from diving have not been added to the final score yet.
The women’s team started off the first finals session of the weekend with the 200 yard freestyle relay, finishing with a fourth-place finish for the A squad and a 13th place finish for the B team. Freshman Allissa Smith, senior Claire Friederick, sophomore Ali Hanson, and junior Stephanie Garvin teamed up in the A relay to post a time of 1:35.56, while the B squad, made up of sophomore Katie Nagler, freshman Claire Stuart, senior Haley Lucas, and junior Marissa Warren, touched the wall at 1:38.61. Each relay dropped nearly four seconds from their seed times.
The women’s 500 yard freestyle was a highlight for the team. Garvin led the A final swimmers, breaking the five-minute barrier with a time of 4:57.80 for third place. Seniors Natalie Neuwirth and Janna Check placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Neuwirth finished at 5:05.13, while Check touched at 5:07.87, each faster than their preliminary swims. In the C final, sophomore Rosalyn Stoa posted a time of 5:03.28, dropping 11 seconds from her morning swim and earning 17th place. Her evening time would have placed fourth in the A final. Finally, Nagler and freshman Rachel Anderson came back from prelims to swim in the D final, despite not racing for points. Anderson dropped from her morning swim down to 5:17.78.
The women’s 100 yard butterfly fly also threw major points toward the Phoenix. In the A final, Smith threw down a 56.42 to earn sixth place overall, while Lucas grabbed eighth with a time of 57.22. Both A swims were only slightly slower than their prelim times. In the B, Warren and Hanson swam to ninth and 13th place, respectively. Warren’s 57.16 moved her up from her original 15th place seed, while Hanson’s 58.24 was right on her time from the morning. In the C final, junior Sydney Lloyd took 24th with a time of 59.33, and in the D final, Stuart went a lifetime best in 58.70 to win the unscored heat.
Lucas and Warren scored points in back-to-back events. Lucas took 14th place in the women’s 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.58, while Warren moved into 24th, touching the wall at 2:15.76. Freshman Clare Martell earned a chance to swim again in the D final, and raced her way to 2:12.98, dropping over a second from her preliminary swim.
The 50 yard freestyle for the women showcased sprinters Friederick, Hanson, and Stuart. Friederick swam a 23.83 in the A final to earn eighth place, the only female Phoenix under the 24-second mark. Hanson was in the B final, touching the wall at 24.16 for 13th place, while Stuart raced in the C final, finishing with a 24.46 and 21st place.
The women’s 400 yard medley relay took another fourth place for the A squad, while the B team took 10th this time around. The A relay, consisting of Friederick, Martell, Smith, and Garvin, dropped over 10 seconds to post a time of 3:49.80. The B relay, with Nagler, Stoa, Lucas, and Check, touched at 3:58.28, dropping nearly 13 seconds.
On the men’s side, the opening event, the 200 yard freestyle relay, proved the team’s depth. The A squad of senior Derick Goodson, sophomore Nicholas Garcia, junior Brian Borden and junior Alec Rutkowski placed 11th while the B squad of fifth-year senior Collin Morgan, freshman Garrett Spencer, junior Thomas Everson, and junior Noah Hanold placed 12th, with times of 1:25.50 and 1:26.86, respectively.
The men, like the ladies, put six 500 yard freestylers into the finals. Freshman Tyler Lustig was the top scorer, getting into the B final from his prelims swim and posting 4:40.13 for 14th place. Sophomore Manny Hernandez won the C final with a time of 4:39.04, dropping four seconds from the morning race, while freshman Riley Darling took the last spot in the C final, touching the wall at 4:46.95. Junior Collin DuChene and senior Austin Sturdivant’s preliminary swims of 4:49.84 and 4:48.19, respectively, were good enough for the non-scoring D final. Freshman Jack VanZee was in the heat as well, dropping three seconds from his earlier swim to post a time of 4:48.64.
The 100 yard butterfly saw Rutkowski take home sixth place from the A final in 50.79 seconds. In the B final, junior Colby Smith and Darling went 14-15, only hundredths apart from one another. Smith posted a time of 51.03, while Darling went 51.05, each only a few hundredths slower than the morning. Sophomore Eli Broman took 20th in the C final with a time of 51.43, and Goodson swam in the D final to drop to 52.12.
Like the women, the men saw no A finalists in the 200 yard individual medley. Sophomore Charlie Warren scored the highest, placing 12th in the B final with his time of 1:53.11. Everson swam his way into the B final as well, with a time of 1:55.35 in prelims, and ended up holding his seed for 16th place. Smith swam back-to-back races, taking 23rd in the C final after making it into the heat with his morning swim’s time of 1:56.44. Finally, Morgan and Hanold went 1:58.42 and 1:58.49, respectively, in the non-scoring D final.
Goodson was the top scorer in the 50 yard freestyle for the men, dropping to 21.42 to earn 10th place in the B final, while Garcia took 14th in the heat with a time of 21.61. In the D final, Spencer and Borden both shaved time off of their preliminary swims, posting times of 21.94 and 22.02, respectively.
The final swimming event of the evening was the men’s 400 yard medley relay, which had a similar theme to the earlier relay. The A squad of Borden, Hanold, Smith, and Rutkowski, all juniors, touched the wall at 3:27.11, good enough for seventh. Meanwhile, the B squad of Warren, Sturdivant, Darling, and Garcia took eighth place with a time of 3:27.79, only hundredths behind. Both relays dropped a significant amount of time from their seeds.
On the boards, junior Michael Klemm claimed second in the men’s 1 meter, while senior James Wise took seventh, freshman Derrick Prenot earned 12th, and freshman Joshua Yahr finished 14th. In the women’s 3 meter, junior Bailey Wagner placed fourth, freshman Ele Higley took sixth, junior Alley Paupst earned eighth, senior Crystal Franzwa finished tenth, and freshman Patricia Corbin was 13th.