Phoenix Swim and Dive Teams Win First Home Meet of the Season
By Kaylie Noll
The Green Bay Phoenix swimming and diving teams were back in action Saturday after a two-month competition hiatus, opening their first home meet of the 2016-2017 season against Northern Michigan University. Both the men’s and women’s teams brought home victories, showcasing the results of their hard work put in on their training trip the previous week. The women won 178-121, while the men scored 163 to Northern Michigan’s 137. The Phoenix will be back for more in two weeks on Saturday, January 28, 2017 for senior day against in-state rival Milwaukee at 1:00 p.m.
Head coach Reed Robelot sang praises of the entire team’s efforts as well, saying, “We have to tip our hats to the way our squad stepped up, dove well, and raced hard today. They won a lot of close races, which really speaks to their grit and desire. I'm very proud of our divers, and it was a lot of fun to watch them at home today. This is the time of year when we need to accelerate toward the finish line, and the Phoenix are off to a good start.”
Speaking of good starts, the divers began the meet with a sweep in the men’s 3 meter board, and a strong showing on the women’s 1 meter board as well. Junior Michael Klemm led the way for the men, posting a score of 301.85. Freshman Joshua Yahr took second with 283.85 points, while senior James Wise placed third and freshman Derrick Prenot placed fourth with 281.45 and 259.60 points, respectively. On the women’s side, redshirt junior Crystal Franzwa took second with 231.85 points, while freshman Eleandra Higley placed third with a score of 219.54.
Later in the meet, the diving teams switched boards, with Higley winning the 3 meter board with 254.35 points on the women’s side. Again, the men swept their event, this time on the 1 meter board, scoring vital overall team points in Klemm’s first-place score of 313.45, Wise’s second-place score of 280.05, Prenot’s third-place score of 254.75, and Yahr’s fourth-place score of 252.10. In addition, each of the freshman divers, Higley, Prenot, Yahr, and Patricia Corbin, scored at least one new personal best at today’s meet.
The highlight of the meet on the swimming side of things was the Smith siblings’ collection of 100 percent individual event wins. Junior Colby Smith won the men’s 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly, while freshman Allissa Smith won the women’s 100 yard backstroke, 200 yard backstroke, and 100 yard butterfly. In the process of winning her 100 fly, Smith also broke a pool record.
The two relays of today’s meet were the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay. In the women’s 200 medley relay, the A team of Smith, freshman Clare Martell, senior Haley Lucas, and sophomore Ali Hanson combined to win with a time of 1:49.17. The A, B, and C relays on the men’s side placed second through fourth. In the women’s 400 free relay, the A squad of junior Stephanie Garvin, sophomore Rosalyn Stoa, senior Janna Check, and Hanson brought home a win in 3:36.73, while the men’s race had the A team finish in second and the B team in third.
There were multiple individual top three finishers throughout the meet. In the longest event, the 1000 yard freestyle, Garvin took the top spot on the women’s side with a finishing time of 10:43.99. Senior Natalie Neuwirth touched second in 10:46.61. For the men, freshman Tyler Lustig sped to an impressive 9:35.40, good for second place.
In the 200 yard freestyle, Stoa won with a time of 1:53.35, while Check took third in 1:56.75. Behind Smith’s 1:44.84, junior Brian Borden took third for the men with a time of 1:45.51.
For the 100 yard backstroke, on the women’s side, junior Kaylie Noll finished third with a time of 1:01.60 behind Smith’s 57.21, while on the men’s side, junior Alec Rutkowski won the event with a finishing time of 51.77, the only man under 52.
In the 100 yard breaststroke, Martell won the women’s event with a time of 1:07.84. Freshman Garrett Spencer took second on the men’s side, while redshirt senior Collin Morgan came in third. Spencer posted a time of 58.39, with Morgan right behind in 58.78.
The 200 yard butterfly had Lucas and junior Marissa Warren going two-three for the women, with times of 2:10.44 and 2:13.24, respectively. Sophomore Eli Broman won the event for the men in a time of 1:53.58, while freshman Riley Darling took third in 1:54.44.
The shortest event of the day, the 50 yard freestyle, was taken by Hanson on the women’s side in 24.53 with senior Claire Friederick close behind in 24.76. For the men, senior Derick Goodson placed second in 21.65, while sophomore Nick Garcia was third in 21.88.
The next sprint, the 100 yard freestyle, had Stoa and Check going two-three for the women, while Garcia and sophomore Charlie Warren went two-three for the men as well. Stoa posted a time of 52.56 and Check finished at 54.36, while Garcia touched the wall at 47.96 and Warren at 48.49.
In the 200 yard backstroke, Smith was the victor for the women with a time of 2:05.67, tenths ahead of second. For the men, junior Thomas Everson was tenths ahead of second as well, winning the race with a time of 1:52.78. Rutkowski touched the wall third at 1:53.35.
For the 200 yard breaststroke, Martell was hungry for more gold in the women’s event, winning by tenths with a time of 2:27.28. Morgan took second in the men’s race, posting a time of 2:10.98.
The 500 yard freestyle was won by Garvin on the women’s side with a time of 5:11.36, while teammate Neuwirth took another third place home with a time of 5:16.27. For the men, freshman Jack VanZee placed third, swimming to a 4:45.71.
The 100 yard butterfly was taken by younger sister Smith for the women in 57.12, a pool record. Lucas finished in 59.30, good for third. Older brother Smith won the men’s event in 51.95, only six one-hundredths ahead of second place.
The final individual event of the day was the 400 yard individual medley. The women’s event saw no top-three finishers, but the men’s race had Everson and VanZee finish second and third, respectively. Everson posted a time of 4:12.37, while VanZee stopped the clock at 4:14.40.