Green Bay Swimming & Diving Squads Suffer Losses at Wisconsin

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Release: January 21, 2012
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Mitchell Spaeth qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals on Saturday.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

MADISON, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay swimming and diving teams traveled to Madison on Saturday for their penultimate dual meets of the regular season against in-state rival Wisconsin. The Badgers swept the Phoenix, taking both the men's (123-109) and women's (124-93) competitions at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

The Phoenix diving corps had a solid day in Madison, led by men's junior Mitchell Spaeth (Fredonia, Wis.), who posted career numbers while qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals in March. Spaeth placed second on both boards, putting up a score of 315.25 in the 3-meter event and 302.48 on the 1-meter board.

Spaeth joins senior Daniel Pogue (Chisholm, Minn.) as a Zone qualifier. Pogue took both men's diving events Saturday, posting a 328.95 on the 1-meter board and a 335.10 on the high board.

In women's diving, sophomore Carrie Dinelli (Northbrook, Ill.) and junior Jessica Stolfi (Kenosha, Wis.) had strong showings on the 3-meter board. Dinelli was Green Bay's top finisher with a score of 260.03, while Stolfi earned a career-best score of 237.53.

"We had really steady performances by all the divers today," Phoenix diving coach Tom Stover said. "Several of them had their personal bests. We had some good stuff going on today and we're very pleased with all the performances."

Despite a number of strong races by the Phoenix, Wisconsin finished with the top times in each of the meet's 22 swimming events.

Sophomores Robert Wolf (Wind Lake, Wis.) and Brian Heiser (McFarland, Wis.) turned in two of Green Bay's top swims on the men's side, as Wolf placed second in the 1000-yard freestyle and Heiser took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Wolf chased down Badger swimmers in the 1000 for a runner-up time of 9:51.85, just two second behind the winning time of Wisconsin's Tyler Hines (9:49.77). In the following event, Heiser posted a strong time of 1:44.44, less than one second out of second place.

Freshman Amanda Walker (Sun Prairie, Wis.) swam well on the women's side, racing to a third-place time of 2:07.01 in the 200 butterfly. Walker also earned a fourth-place finish in the 200 free in 1:54.18, less than three seconds off the winning pace.

The Phoenix swimming and diving teams will have two weeks off from competition before their final dual meet of the 2011-12 campaign - a road matchup with Horizon League rival Milwaukee.

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