Swimming and Diving Teams Prepped for Horizon League Championships
By Kaylie Noll
The Green Bay swimming and diving teams are in gear to compete at the 2017 Horizon League Championships, hosted at University of Illinois in Chicago. The meet will open on Wednesday, February 22 and conclude on Saturday, February 25.
Last year’s performance at the Horizon League Championships resulted in a 4th place finish for the women and a 6th place finish for the men. The Horizon League’s annual preseason poll ranked both teams in the exact same spot for this year’s competition.
Reed Robelot, in his second year as head coach for the Phoenix, looks to improve upon last year’s results. “As we head into our championship meet this week, our team will shift the focus even more towards supporting each other, getting excited, and enjoying the thrill of competition. You spend all year training, lifting, making changes, sharpening up on specific details, analyzing in-season meets, and preparing for each race individually. Now, we can just open up the throttle and cash in our chips.”
Currently, Garvin sits third in both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle in the league for this season’s top times. The junior is a key component in many of the relays, and will be seen in multiple races throughout the meet. Friederick holds the seventh-highest in-season time in the 50 freestyle and 12th in the 100 backstroke. Lucas is 12th in the standings as well in the 100 butterfly, but can be found in sixth place spot for her strongest event, the 200 butterfly. Both Friederick and Lucas look to conclude their final collegiate season with a bang. Wagner has posted the best 3-meter score in the league so far this season and scratches the top three in the 1-meter rankings. After suffering from a hand injury in November, she will be making her return to competition at this year’s championship meet.
This season, Thomas Everson has posted the 10th fastest time in the 200 backstroke and the 12th highest swim in the 400 individual medley in the Horizon League. Noah Hanold landed a NCAA B cut last year in his signature event, the 100 breaststroke, and currently has the 13th best time this season in the league. Michael Klemm was the sole champion for the Phoenix at the 2016 Horizon League Championships, winning the 3-meter board, and looks to defend his title. He has the fourth ranked score so far this season in that event and the third ranked score in the 1-meter. Charlie Warren, who had a spectacular first season for the Phoenix last year, has the 11th best time in the 200 individual medley and ranks 13th in the 200 backstroke, less than a second behind Everson.
Newcomers such as Allissa Smith, Riley Darling, and Tyler Lustig look to grab crucial points as well. Smith has broken freshman and pool records for the Phoenix, and currently sits in the fourth rank for the fastest time posted in the 100 butterfly this season, 10th in the 200 backstroke, 13th in the 100 backstroke, and 14th in the 200 butterfly. Darling has upheld the tradition of showcasing strong butterfliers for the Phoenix, currently 5th in the league in the 200 of the stroke. Lustig’s season-best is just a second above Darling’s, placing him 10th, but the freshman also holds the second highest top time for the 1650 so far in the Horizon League.
All finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. Central Time. Swimming prelims are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Central Time, while diving prelims are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.
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Events By Day
Wednesday, February 22
200 Medley Relay
Women’s 3-Meter Diving
800 Freestyle Relay
Thursday, February 23
200 Individual Medley
Men’s 1-Meter Diving
200 Freestyle Relay
Friday, February 24
400 Individual Medley
Women’s 1-Meter Diving
400 Medley Relay
Saturday, February 25
Men’s 3-Meter Diving
400 Freestyle Relay