Feb. 28, 2009
BROWN DEER, Wis. - The Green Bay women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2009 Horizon League Championships Saturday night with another conference title, its fifth in as many years. The Phoenix women finished the four-day event with a total score of 859, 122 points ahead of second place Milwaukee.
The Green Bay men's squad placed fifth for the second consecutive season with 583 points.
Four members of the Phoenix earned Horizon League honors, as senior Danielle DeGrand (Green Bay, Wis.) was named Female Swimmer of the Meet, freshman Daniel Pogue (Chisholm, Minn.) was named Men's Diver of the Meet, Jim Merner was named Women's Swimming Coach of the Year and Tom Stover was named Men's Diving Coach of the Year.
DeGrand (Green Bay, Wis.) continued her strong championships performance with a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.11), as she was out-touched at the finish by Wright State's Krystyna Wieczerzak by just one-tenth of a second. In the process, both athletes improved on the old conference record and DeGrand set a new school standard.
In addition, DeGrand was a member of Green Bay's winning 400-yard freestyle relay team, which smashed the conference record of 3:27.83 by finishing in 3:24.64. Other members of the relay were Alyssa Danielson (Rogers, Minn.), Shannon Demrow (Algonquin, Ill.) and Christine Spading (Andover, Minn.)
Pogue, a freshman, completed the championship sweep of the diving events, winning the 3-meter board with a score of 300.25. Pogue also won the 1-meter competition on Thursday night.
Merner's award marked the ninth time he has earned Coach of the Year honors. Stover won his second Coach of the Year award, as he was honored on the women's side last season.
Spading earned an individual conference championship in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming to a school-record time of 50.83. The record was previously held by Nicole Paplham (51.45), set in 1994. Demrow took third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.82), while her junior teammate Ashley Warzon (Sussex, Wis.) was one spot back in 2:05.73.
Junior Alex Hill (Lakeville, Minn.), last year's Swimmer of the Meet, successfully defended his title in the 100 free while establishing a new conference record of 43.69.
A pair of sophomores also had solid performances for Green Bay on the meet's final day, as Tim Scanlan (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) placed fourth in the 200 back (1:51.13) and Ryan Loy (New London, Wis.) took sixth in the 200 fly.
In the meet's final event, the Phoenix quartet of Cory Carlson (Maple Grove, Minn.), Hill, Scanlan and Loy finished third in the 400 free relay in 2:59.28, breaking the old school record of 3:02.67 set last season. The squad also bested the previous conference mark of 2:59.49.
Women - Final Team Rankings
1. Green Bay 859
2. Milwaukee 737
3. Wright State 564
4. UIC 546
5. Youngstown State 300
6. Cleveland State 290
7. Valparaiso 214
8. Butler 134
Men - Final Team Rankings
1. UIC 703
2. Wright State 685
3. Milwaukee 647
4. Cleveland State 612
5. Green Bay 583
6. Valparaiso 183