Women Hold Third, Men Move to Fifth After Day Two of League Championships
By Kaylie Noll
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The Green Bay swimming and diving teams were back for more on night two of the Horizon League Championships at UIC, and by more, that means more school records. In the opening event of the evening, junior Stephanie Garvin shattered the women’s 500 freestyle record for the Phoenix with a time of 4:51.10 to secure second place. The previous record was set in 2012 by Kendra Rottier in 4:52.88.
Garvin said, “Breaking this record has been a goal of mine for three years now. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches pushing me to be my best day in and day out.”
Natalie Neuwirth also made the A final, earning eighth place and swimming a new personal best in the morning, 5:01.69. Sophomore Rosalyn Stoa won the B final to no surprise, breaking the five-minute barrier with a lifetime best time of 4:58.41.
Sophomore Emanuel Hernandez and freshman Jack VanZee went new best times in the men’s 500 free to make it into the highly competitive B final. VanZee cruised to 4:35.32, placing 12th in the evening. Hernandez touched the wall at 4:35.47, finishing 15th at night.
Next up was the 200 individual medley. No Green Bay women made finals, but the men were loaded in this event, putting four into the top sixteen. Junior Thomas Everson clawed his way into the final spot in the 200 IM A heat with a time of 1:52.54, taking eighth. After not qualifying for the event’s finals at all his freshman year and only making into B finals last year, this marks a notable progression throughout his college career.
The B final of the men’s 200 IM was full of Phoenix: sophomore Charles Warren, junior Noah Hanold, and redshirt senior Collin Morgan, to be exact. Warren won the B final for the second year in a row, dropping a second from his morning swim to post a quick time of 1:51.62. Morgan, in the last 200 IM of his career, moved up into 12th place and finished with a personal best time of 1:53.09. Hanold rounded out the heat after making it in with a time of 1:54.23.
The shortest event of the meet, the 50 freestyle, was the opposite of the 200 IM, showcasing only women at night. Sophomore Ali Hanson represented the sprinters in the A final, finishing fourth place with an impressive time of 23.51. Freshman Willow Kugel made the consolation final with a time of 24.04 and ended up 16th to also score for the team.
Two of the men flipped into finals, junior Michael Klemm and senior James Wise, making his first finals of his college career. Klemm placed third overall with a score of 272.70, while Wise earned 231.85 points, both adding crucial points to the overall team point total.
On the divers, coach Tom Stover said, “It’s great to have James finally make the podium after four years of collegiate diving. Our divers continue to clinch major points for the team, and I’m sure we can only get better in the next couple days.”
The relay event of day two was the 200 freestyle relay. The women’s team was made up of Hanson, senior Claire Friederick, Kugel, and Garvin, each of them splitting 23s to finish sixth with a time of 1:34.84.
The men concluded the day with their sprint freestyle relay. Senior Derick Goodson, sophomore Nicholas Garcia, Morgan, and freshman Garrett Spencer each split high 20s to post a time of 1:23.07, good for fifth.
On today’s results, head coach Robelot remarked, “The rollercoaster is certainly running at full speed now. Our student-athletes showed poise today, and quite a few of them overcame significant obstacles. Team support is high, and the stage is set for them to make good moves on Friday and Saturday. We are definitely looking forward to more tight competitions.”
Halfway through the meet, a battle for third place has emerged on the women’s side, with the Phoenix staying ahead of the pack. Meanwhile, the men have moved up into fifth, passing in-state rivals Milwaukee.
1. Oakland (271.5)
2. Milwaukee (254.5)
3. Green Bay (160)
4. UIC (153.5)
5. Youngstown State (148)
6. Cleveland State (140.5)
7. Wright State (134)
8. Valparaiso (44)
1. Oakland (311.5)
2. UIC (227)
3. Cleveland State (190)
4. Wright State (151.5)
5. Green Bay (144)
6. Milwaukee (140)
7. Valparaiso (74)