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Women In Contention Heading Into Final Day of Championships

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Release: March 01, 2013
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Parker Wolf (third in the 200 free) and the Phoenix women are within striking distance of first place heading into the final day in Chicago.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

CHICAGO (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Despite sitting in fourth place, the Green Bay women's swimming and diving team (459 points) is within striking distance of first-place Cleveland State (487.5 points) heading into the final day of the 2013 Horizon League Championships. The Phoenix men's squad is also in fourth following Friday's finals at the UIC Flames Natatorium after picking up a pair of individual conference titles in school-record fashion.

"It's interesting on the women's side to have the top four teams very much in the mix heading into Saturday," Green Bay head coach Jim Merner said. "We have some good opportunities tomorrow to make a move, but it's going to be very difficult. Only time will tell."

Senior Megan Burley (Hazelhurst, Wis.) continued her strong conference meet for the Green Bay women with a runner-up finish in the 400-yard IM, touching in at 4:25.87. Classmate Melissa Killpatrick (Elk River, Minn.) was close behind, finishing in fourth place with a time of 4:29.59.

Other standout performances for the Phoenix women included Heather Bodin's (Maple Grove, Minn.) third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (56.06), Parker Wolf's (Kohler, Wis.) third-place (1:52.12) and Racheal Weiland's (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) fifth-place (1:52.39) showings in the 200 freestyle and Carrie Dinelli's (Northbrook, Ill.) fifth-place finish on the 1-meter diving board (253.90).

One day after bursting onto the scene with a record-setting win in the 200 IM, men's freshman Willem Poelmans (Hasselt, Belgium) was at it again on Friday with another dominant performance. Poelmans claimed the 400 IM with a winning time of 3:52.85, smashing the 2003 school record of 4:02.80 previously held by Dan Brzozowski. The time, which was less than a second away from the Horizon League record of 3:52.07, was also good for his second NCAA B-cut of the meet.

Sophomore Ryan Korslin (Rudolph, Wis.) also earned an individual championship, a school record and an NCAA B-cut on Friday, winning the 100 breaststroke in 54.81. The time broke the old school record of 55.11 set by Jason Askew in 2011. Senior Jonathan Lesniak (McHenry, Ill.) was third in the 100 breast, finishing in 55.96.

Willem Poelmans (above) claimed his second individual title and his second school record Friday in the 400 IM

The Green Bay squads return to action for the fourth and final day of the 2013 Horizon League Championships on Saturday, with prelims beginning at 10:30 a.m. Live coverage of finals will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. Visit the 2013 Horizon League Championship Central page on GreenBayPhoenix.com for continuing coverage.

Women's Team Scores
1 - Cleveland State 487.5
2 - Milwaukee 478.5
3 - UIC 464.5
4 - Green Bay 459

5 - Wright State 288
6 - Youngstown State 262
7 - Valparaiso 121.5

Men's Team Scores
1 - Cleveland State 529.5
2 - Milwaukee 486
3 - UIC 468
4 - Green Bay 376.5

5 - Wright State 296
6 - Valparaiso 128


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Schedule Sponsor
Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
7:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
7:00 PM
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
at Dayton
1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.



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