Green Bay Dominates at Home Saturday
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After a full day of competition at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium on Saturday, the Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished with an unbeaten record against competitors from Youngstown State, Illinois State and Illinois Tech.
The women's squad posted a 2-0 record Saturday, defeating Youngstown State and Illinois State in a double-dual meet. The Phoenix earned a 233-67 win over the Penguins of the Horizon League, while beating the Redbirds 191-109 to improve to 10-2 in dual meets this season.
The Green Bay men picked up a victory against Illinois Tech following the women's meet, finishing with a 135-87 advantage. The Phoenix is now 8-3 in dual competition for the season.
"I was very happy with how we swam today," Phoenix head coach Jim Merner said. "I thought we had some really strong performances across the board, especially given where we're at in our training."
Illinois State's women won their dual meet against Youngstown, cruising to a 230-70 victory. The Illinois Tech women also competed in exhibition action on the women's side, not counting toward the final results.
Standing out for the Phoenix women's team was sophomore Taylor Trelka (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), who earned first-place finishes in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Trelka finished the 50 free in 24.51, and then cruised to a winning time of 53.50 in the 100 free.
Also having strong outings for Green Bay were junior Amber Bartholomew (Alexandria, Minn.) and senior Shannon Demrow (Algonquin, Ill.). Bartholomew picked up wins in the 200 backstroke (2:08.79) and 200 IM (2:10.07), while Demrow won the 200 free (1:54.97) and also helped Green Bay's 400 free relay to a first-place finish (3:36.41).
Highlighting the men's win was a career-day by sophomore Andrew Lindstrom (Vulcan, Mich.). Lindstrom won the 200 backstroke in 2:12.03 and also posted a time of 1:58.61 in the 200 IM, both of which were lifetime bests.
Seniors Tim Scanlan (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Ryan Loy (New London, Wis.) also had strong performances for the Phoenix men, as Scanlan earned a win in the 500 free (4:44.56) and Loy won the 50 free (21.66) and 200 butterfly (1:55.46).
On the diving boards, junior Daniel Pogue (Chisholm, Minn.) and sophomore Mitchell Spaeth (Fredonia, Wis.) earned wins for the Phoenix men, while senior Kayla Deters (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) also recorded a first-place finish on the women's side. Pogue took the 1-meter event with a score of 313.55, Spaeth won the 3-meter board with a total of 274.15 and Deters clinched the women's 3-meter with a score of 255.10.
The Green Bay swimming and diving teams wrap up the regular season next Saturday when the Phoenix squads play host to in-state conference rival Milwaukee at the Dorschel Natatorium at 2 p.m. It will be the final tune-up before the Horizon League Championships, held Feb. 23-26 in Cleveland, Ohio.