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Three women break individual records, Klemm claims Phoenix’s first overall crown.
Courtesy: Horizon League

Women Fourth, Men Fifth After Day Three of Championships

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: February 27, 2016
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By Patrick Stumpf

ROCHESTER, Mich. ( – The Green Bay swimming and diving teams concluded day number three of the four-day 2016 Horizon League Championship on Friday, which not only saw the Phoenix claim its first individual title of the 2016 championships, but also three women establish school records at the Oakland Aquatic Center.

Sophomore Michael Klemm (Rockford, Ill.) concluded his stellar conference campaign on the diving boards by taking first-place in the men’s 1-meter championship with a score of 325.55. The mark not only ranks as Klemm’s collegiate best, but also the third-best score in program history in the event, behind Daniel Pogue (379.15, 2012) and Mitchell Spaeth (328.65, 2012). He also becomes Green Bay’s first Horizon League champion diver since Pogue in 2012.

The finals events began with the 400 yard IMs, as junior Natalie Neuwirth (Stevens Point, Wis.) garnered six points with a third place finish in the B final, clocking in at 4:32.58.

In the men’s final, senior Willem Poelmans (Hasselt, Belgium) ended in fourth place less than a second off of the podium in 3:55.96, a mark which fell just shy of his school-record set in 2014 (3:52.35), thus becoming the second fastest time in Phoenix history.

After beginning the day in seventh place the women’s team jumped three spots in the overall standings before the water settled, which included a number of record-breaking performances. Junior Haley Lucas (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) took home third in the 100 yard butterfly final in 55.21, the second fastest time in school history, which was followed up by freshman Alicia Hanson’s B Finals win in the same event in 56.14. Hanson’s time established a new freshman record, previously set by Lucas in 2014 in 56.36.

In the women’s 200 yard freestyle, sophomore Stephanie Garvin (West Chicago, Ill.) established a new school record placing fourth in 1:50.11, while senior Racheal Weiland (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) also bested a former school record in the 100 breaststroke, despite clocking in fifth at 1:03.27. Garvin’s record was previously held by Amanda Walker (2012, 1:50.53), while Weiland’s was held by Renee Reindl (2010, 1:03.49).

Junior Claire Friederick (Lancaster, Wis.) secured a podium finish in the 100 yard backstroke, placing third in 55.93, while, another freshman stepped up in the 100 back B Final, as Katherine Nagler (West Chicago, Ill.) clocked in second at 57.74.

In the men’s 100 back, freshman Charles Warren finished with the second fastest time ever by a Phoenix in 50.16 to place only seventh, while in the B Final, sophomore Alec Rutkowski (Dubuque, Iowa) took home a victory in 51.17. Noah Hanold (Peoria, Ill.) also went 55.32 in the 100 breaststroke, the third highest ever in the event in men’s annals.

The Green Bay men will start the meet’s final day on Saturday remaining in fifth position, nearly 50 points behind UIC (303).  Both squads return to action for the final day at the Oakland Aquatic Center, with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. CT and finals starting at 4:30 p.m. CT. All events will once again be streamed live on ESPN3, with Saturday’s events found here (morning) and here (evening).

Through the meets’ first three days, here is a comprehensive list of Phoenix swimmers and divers whose finals scores cracked the top-10 in program history in each respective event this weekend:

Charles Warren (Swim), 100 backstroke, 50.16 (2nd)
Willem Poelmans (Swim), 200 IM, 1:48.62 (2nd)
Willem Poelmans (Swim), 400 IM, 3:55.96 (2nd)
Michael Klemm (Dive), 1 meter, 325.55 (3rd)
Noah Hanold (Swim), 100 yard breaststroke, 55.32 (3rd)
Thomas Everson (Swim), 400 IM, 4:01.43 (4th)
Charles Warren (Swim), 200 IM, 1:50.86 (4th)
Michael Klemm (Dive), 3 meter, 298.50 (7th)
Alec Rutkowski (Swim), 100 backstroke, 51.17 (9th)
Tanner Nordlund (Dive), 1 meter, 286.15 (10th)

Racheal Weiland (Swim), 100 yard breaststroke, 1:03.27 (1st)
Stephanie Garvin (Swim), 200 yard freestyle, 1:50.11 (1st)
Haley Lucas (Swim), 100 yard butterfly, 55.21 (2nd)
Claire Friederick (Swim), 50 freestyle, 23.26 (2nd)
Claire Friederick (Swim), 100 backstroke, 55.93 (3rd)
Racheal Weiland (Swim), 50 freestyle, 23.44 (4th)
Alicia Hanson (Swim), 100 yard butterfly, 56.14 (5th)
Marlee Kiander (Swim), 100 yard breaststroke, 1:05.26 (6th)
Janna Check (Swim), 100 yard butterfly, 56.56 (6th)
Bailey Wagner (Dive), 1 meter, 244.90 (8th)
Natalie Neuwirth (Swim), 400 IM, 4:32.58 (9th)
Emily Gomez (Swim), 100 backstroke, 56.92 (9th)

Women’s Standings (through Day 3):
1. Oakland – 550.5 points
2. Milwaukee – 414.5
3. Wright State – 278
4. Green Bay – 276.5
5. UIC – 275
6. Cleveland State – 231.5
7. Youngstown State – 223
8. Valparaiso – 68

Men’s Standings (through Day 3):
1. Oakland – 587 points
2. Cleveland State – 447.5
3. Wright State – 394
4. UIC – 303
5. Green Bay – 256
6. Milwaukee – 255.5
7. Valparaiso – 115


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