Women Keep 3rd, Men Battle for 5th on Day Three of League Championships
By Kaylie Noll
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The Green Bay swimming and diving teams call the third evening of the 2017 Horizon League Championships “moving day.” Why? Finals in 27 races, up from 11 the day before, may be the reason.
Coach Reed Robelot added, “These men and women are fighting tooth and nail for every point. The staff is incredibly proud of them. If we can show big energy on the last morning, we’ll be in a good spot to close out the meet.”
With that being said, the highlight of the evening was easily the 100 butterfly, on both sides of the team. The women loaded the A final with four swimmers, freshman Allissa Smith, senior Haley Lucas, senior Janna Check, and sophomore Ali Hanson. Smith took fourth place, dropping her seed to a 55.07, less than a tenth off of the school record. Lucas was right behind in fifth, touching the wall at 56.11. Check earned seventh place, swimming to a 56.30, and Hanson rounded out the heat in 56.48. Marissa Warren raced in the B final, taking 13th and lowering her time from the morning down to 56.88.
All of the men entered in the 100 fly made the top 16 and got a chance to race for points. Junior Alec Rutkowski represented the team in the coveted A final, holding seed to take eighth in 50.16. The B final was full of green, showcasing junior Colby Smith, freshman Riley Darling, sophomore Eli Broman, and senior Derick Goodson. Smith moved up a seed to take 10th in 50.23, with Darling only four one-hundredths behind to steal 12th. His 50.27 was just a hundredth ahead of a member of the in-state rival Panthers. Broman and Goodson showed off Phoenix depth in the fly as well, as Broman took 14th in 51.07 and Goodson grabbed 15th in 51.08 after an impressive drop in prelims.
The long individual medley, the 400 IM, saw four women in the B final. Consolation queen Rosalyn Stoa again performed a heavy drop in time at night to post a speedy 4:28.79 win. Senior Natalie Neuwirth grabbed 11th, also with a large improvement from prelims, finishing at 4:29.81. Sophomore Annika Engstrom and freshman Alyssa Hyland raced for the first time this weekend, and raced well, taking 13th in 4:33.70 and 16th in 4:48.58, respectively.
For the men, it was again junior Thomas Everson making the A final. Last year, Everson finished eighth, at the bottom of the heat, but this year he flew into third place, breaking the four-minute barrier in a quick finishing time of 3:58.80, miles ahead of fourth. Junior Collin DuChene took 16th in the B final, the second 400 IM final of his career, and posted a season-best time of 4:09.71 in the morning.
Stephanie Garvin stood out as the only Phoenix competing in the women’s 200 freestyle for points. Nevertheless, the junior put the team on her back, qualifying for the A final and finishing fifth with a time of 1:50.83. Likewise, Brian Borden was the only man to return on the men’s side. Making the B final, he went a season-best time 1:41.71, and in finals, the junior took 15th overall.
Freshman Clare Martell, the sole 100 breaststroker on the women’s team, slid into the consolation final as well. At finals, she dropped approximately a second from her morning swim, posting a lifetime best 1:04.37 and breaking the Green Bay freshman record in the process.
Noah Hanold, a veteran of the A final in the men’s 100 breaststroke, went a season-best 55.83 in finals to take fifth place in the competitive heat. Meanwhile, freshman Garrett Spencer and fifth year senior Collin Morgan tied during prelims to make it into the B final of the event. Spencer reduced his time further at night to 56.91 to earn 10th, a new best for the freshman. Morgan ditched the fastskin and rocked the team speedo in the final, still pulling off a 57.19 in his last 100 breast.
The younger Smith returned in the women’s 100 backstroke, joined by senior Claire Friederick. The pair went 1-2 in the B final, each dropping half a second from the morning and finishing one one-hundredths apart. Smith posted 56.42, while Friederick finished with a smile of relief and a 56.43.
For the men, the junior trio of Borden, Smith, and Rutkowski raced in the B final of the 100 back. With not much time between this race and their previous finals swims, the Phoenix still performed well, finishing 14th through 16th, respectively.
None of the women divers made finals on the one meter board, but the consolations were won again by junior Bailey Wagner with a score of 243.15, an improvement of nearly 45 points from her preliminary round. Freshman Eleandra Higley finished in 13th with 219.40 points, while redshirt junior Crystal Franzwa rounded out the consolation final.
This evening’s relay was the 400 medley. The women’s squad, made up of Friederick, Martell, Smith, and Garvin, posted a time of 3:48.49 for sixth. The men’s 400 medley relay also took sixth. Their team consisted of Borden, Hanold, Rutkowski, and Goodson to finish at 3:24.73.
Scores after the third day of the Horizon League Championships:
1. Oakland (539.5)
2. Milwaukee (449.5)
3. Green Bay (312)
4. UIC (291)
5. Cleveland State (281)
6. Wright State (269)
7. Youngstown State (261)
8. Valparaiso (69)
1. Oakland (559.5)
2. Cleveland State (431)
3. UIC (353)
4. Wright State (279.5)
5. Milwaukee (250)
6. Green Bay (249)
7. Valparaiso (105)