GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving teams played host to their in-state Horizon League rivals from Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon in a highly-anticipated regular season finale at the Dorschel Natatorium. The Phoenix prevailed on the women's side, earning a 132-111 victory over the Panthers, while Milwaukee took the men's competition 170-73.
With the win, the Phoenix women finish the year with an 11-2 record in dual meets. The men's squad enters the Horizon League Championship meet with an 8-4 mark in head-to-head competition.
Senior Shannon Demrow (Algonquin, Ill.) had an outstanding day for the Phoenix women, breaking a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly. Demrow cruised to a first-place finish with a time of 2:06.86 - the fastest ever recorded at the Dorschel Natatorium. Demrow also picked up a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:54.49), following junior teammate Amy Burback (Waunakee, Wis.), who won in 1:54.27.
Senior Deanna DeGrand (Green Bay, Wis.) and freshman Kendra Rottier (Green Bay, Wis.) dominated the distance races on Saturday, as the hometown duo went 1-2 in the 1000 and 500 freestyles. DeGrand earned a win in the 1000 (10:21.22), while Rottier placed second in 10:24.33. The two switched places in the 500, as Rottier won with a time of 5:06.77, narrowly edging DeGrand (5:06.81).
Two of the league's best female divers faced off in the meet as Green Bay's Kayla Deters (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) and Milwaukee's Kelsey George each earned wins Saturday. Deters won the 1-meter competition with a score of 255.75, while George finished second with a score of 243.30. On the 3-meter board, George picked up the win (278.55) with Deters coming in second at 240.23.
Senior Alyssa Danielson (Rogers, Minn.) also notched a win for the Phoenix women, taking the 100 free with a time of 53.02.
On the men's side, junior Daniel Pogue (Chisholm, Minn.) had yet another career day on the diving boards. The two-time defending Horizon League Diver of the Week swept the diving events on Saturday, posting the highest scores ever recorded in the 1-meter and 3-meter events in a six-dive format at the Dorschel Natatorium.
Pogue accumulated 337.80 points in the 1-meter competition, followed by a score of 342.45 on the 3-meter board to dominate the rest of the field. Sophomore teammate Mitchell Spaeth (Fredonia, Wis.) also had a career day on the boards, posting a personal best score of 300.38 to place second in the 3-meter competition.
Senior Ryan Loy (New London, Wis.) had a strong day for the Green Bay men's squad, earning a second-place finish in the 50 free (21.63) and a third-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:56.81).
The Green Bay swimming and diving teams are next in action at the 2011 Horizon League Championships, held Feb. 23-26 in Cleveland, Ohio, with the Phoenix women aiming for their seventh consecutive conference crown.