Women Still Leading After Second Day of Championship Meet
CLEVELAND, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up day two at the Horizon League Championships Thursday night at the Busbey Natatorium on the Cleveland State campus. The Phoenix women maintained its day one lead, while the men's squad remains in fifth place.
The women's squad raised its point total to 321 Thursday, which is 47.5 ahead of the second-place Panthers of Milwaukee.
Senior Alyssa Danielson (Rogers, Minn.) led the way with a record-breaking performance in the 50-yard freestyle, earning a first-place finish with a blazing time of 22.90. The time was the fastest ever swam at a Horizon League meet, breaking the 2005 record set by Milwaukee's Lindsey Caldwell (23.14). She also broke her own school record of 23.36, which she set at last year's championships in Chicago.
To watch an interview with Alyssa Danielson, click here.
Danielson also anchored Green Bay's second-place 400 medley relay, which finished in 3:45.93. The senior teamed up with Amber Bartholomew (Alexandria, Minn.), Amy Burback (Waunakee, Wis.) and Katelyn Bodin (Maple Grove, Minn.) in the runner-up effort.
Bartholomew also had a
strong showing in the 200 IM, earning a third-place finish in 2:03.94. The
Phoenix women placed three swimmers in the top five in the 500-yard freestyle,
as Deanna DeGrand (Green Bay, Wis.),
Shannon Demrow (Algonquin, Ill.) and
Kendra Rottier (Green Bay, Wis.)
went 3-4-5. DeGrand finished in 4:56.59, followed by Demrow at 4:58.18 and
Rottier at 4:59.10.
On the men's side, Daniel Pogue (Chisholm, Minn.), who was named Horizon League Diver of the Week seven times throughout the season, continued his dominance with an individual championship on the 1-meter board. The junior posted a total of 339.90, which was 44 points ahead of second place.
"Danny showed great heart and courage in coming back after faltering in his first dive," Green Bay diving coach Tom Stover said. "He came back with a vengeance and great focus, and he was able to get the win."
Pogue's score broke his own school record of 320.25, which he set as a freshman at the 2009 Horizon League Championships.
Green Bay put two more in the top four of the 1-meter event, as
Wilson Robinson (Hibbing, Minn.) and Mitchell Spaeth (Fredonia, Wis.) went
3-4. Robinson narrowly missed a runner-up finish with a score of 295.25, just
.15 behind Wright State's Caleb Nettleton, while Spaeth accumulated a total of
Tim Scanlan (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) also had a top-eight finish in the men's 500 free, placing seventh with a time of 4:36.59.
Green Bay returns to action tomorrow morning with prelims at 9 a.m. CT, followed by finals beginning at 4 p.m. CT. All finals events will be aired live on GreenBayPhoenix.com via the Horizon League Network.