Men Win on Senior Day, Women Come Up Short vs. Milwaukee
By Kaylie Noll
The Green Bay Phoenix swimming and diving teams went Panther hunting this afternoon at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium, capping off an emotional senior day with a win on the men’s side. The men swept Milwaukee 207.5-92.5 while the women fell short, scoring 102 to the Panther’s 198.
Head coach Reed Robelot said, “Congratulations to our seniors for capping off their four years in front of such a great crowd. It’s tough to see them conclude their at-home careers, but they aren’t finished just yet. I know they are going to give us the leadership that we need to close out the strong season that they’ve helped build, and be proud of what they’ve earned over their time at Green Bay. Congratulations as well to our men’s squad that came away with the ‘W’ this afternoon. They’ve certainly worked hard for it.”
Diving coach Tom Stover added, “I was pleased with our divers providing some valuable points for our teams today. Junior Michael Klemm continues to shine, and senior James Wise also had a fine day on his senior day. Redshirt junior Crystal Franzwa, continuing her long comeback from injuries, took second on both of the women’s boards with one of the best performances of this season.”
Indeed, the men began their momentum with the divers, where Klemm and Wise went 1-2 on both the 1 meter and the 3 meter boards. On the 3 meter board, behind Klemm’s score of 304.27 and Wise’s score of 288.82, freshmen Derrick Prenot and Joshua Yahr took fourth and fifth, respectively. Both freshmen earned personal bests, with Prenot scoring 265.35 and Yahr right behind with 263.47 points. On the 1 meter board, behind Klemm’s 288.15 points and Wise’s 260.47 points, the freshmen were fourth and fifth again, earning a final score of 233.85 for Prenot, another season best, and 223.35 for Yahr.
In the pool, the first race of the day was the 200 medley relay, where the Phoenix men touched second through fourth, highlighting the team’s depth. The A squad, made up of sophomore Charlie Warren, freshman Garrett Spencer, junior Alec Rutkowski, and senior Derick Goodson, posted a time of 1:34.18, the fastest time of the season by nearly a tenth. The B relay was right behind, with the group of junior Brian Borden, junior Noah Hanold, junior Colby Smith, and fifth-year senior Collin Morgan touching the wall at 1:34.79.
The longest event of the day, the 1000, saw the first victory of the day for the men. Freshmen distance duo Jack VanZee and Tyler Lustig were over fifteen seconds ahead of the competition, finishing with a time of 9:48.14 for VanZee and 9:49.59 for Lustig.
The men’s 200 freestyle brought home another 1-2 finish. A gutsy finish from sophomore Manny Hernandez earned him a first-place time of 1:43.70, while fellow sophomore Nick Garcia touched out a tight field for second in 1:43.95.
The men’s backstrokers completely swept both the 100 and 200 distances, letting no Panther finish ahead of a Phoenix. In the 100 backstroke, Rutkowski finished in first for a time of 51.37, Borden touched second at 51.60, Warren slid into third in 52.82, and junior Thomas Everson took fourth with a time of 52.95. Rutkowski was the king of backstroke, winning the 200 backstroke as well with a time of 1:54.90, while Everson earned second in 1:55.28 and Warren maintained third, touching the wall at 1:57.13.
In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Morgan claimed his first ever collegiate dual meet win at his final home meet. His time of 57.97 crushed the field, while Spencer and senior Austin Sturdivant also earned points. Spencer’s 59.14 was good for second place, while Sturdivant took third with a time of 1:00.38, less than a tenth ahead of a fourth-place Panther.
In the men’s 200 butterfly, sophomore Eli Broman dominated the field, placing first with a time of 1:53.78. In the shortest event of the day, the men’s 50 freestyle, Goodson took second with a quick 21.64. In the men’s 100 freestyle, Garcia sneaked into third with a time of 48.21. Each of them were the sole top-three Phoenix finishers in each of their events.
Hanold grabbed his major points of the day in the men’s 200 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:10.36, while Sturdivant took home another third place with an impressive 2:11.86.
In the men’s 500 freestyle, VanZee was hungry for more, putting up a season-best time of 4:43.90 to win the heat. Lustig earned third, stopping the clock at 4:47.10.
The men’s 100 butterfly was taken by Smith, finishing in 51.58, while freshman Riley Darling raced to second, right behind in 51.69.
Warren and Everson were racing each other again in the men’s 200 individual medley, tenths apart as Warren finished first in a time of 1:57.22, while Everson’s final time read 1:57.88.
In the final relay of the meet, the men were victorious, with the A squad of Hernandez, Rutkowski, Borden, and VanZee touching the wall at 7:00.97. The B team of Smith, Darling, Garcia, and Sturdivant raced to third, posting a time of 7:12.84.
On the women’s side, the Phoenix faced a loaded Panther lineup. In the 200 medley relay, the A squad of freshman Allissa Smith, freshman Clare Martell, sophomore Ali Hanson, and senior Claire Friederick took second with a finishing time of 1:47.32. In the other relay of the day, the 800 freestyle relay, the A team placed second as well, this time made up of sophomore Rosalyn Stoa, senior Janna Check, senior Natalie Neuwirth, and junior Stephanie Garvin. Their final time was recorded as 7:57.56.
Stoa, senior Haley Lucas, Garvin, and Smith were the only women to take home wins in individual events. Stoa held on to first in the 200 freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:53.08, only seven hundredths ahead of a Panther. Lucas showed the same grit in the 200 butterfly, winning with a time of 2:10.10, tenths ahead of the opposition’s second. Garvin won the 500 handily, posting a final time of 5:08.60. Finally, Smith claimed the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.08.
There were several second and third places for the women as well. In the 1000, Garvin placed third with a time of 10:42.65. Behind Stoa in the 200 freestyle, Neuwirth touched the wall third in 1:57.36. Smith took second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.03 as well as third in the 200 backstroke, stopping the clock at 2:09.40. Martell touched third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.72. Behind Lucas, junior Marissa Warren out-touched a tight field for third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:13.01. Stoa claimed third in both the 100 freestyle, with a time of 52.69, and the 500 freestyle, in 5:15.00, just hundredths ahead of fourth through seventh place. Finally, Hanson placed second in the 100 butterfly with a solid time of 58.88, only eight tenths behind Smith.
On the women’s boards, Franzwa’s final score on the 1 meter was 239.10, while freshman Patricia Corbin earned a notable third place finish with 219.22 points. Franzwa again led the team on the 3 meter board, earning 266.40 points for second, while this time freshman Eleandra Higley stepped in to take third with 222.07 points.
The Phoenix will travel to Madison on February 3rd for their final dual meet of the season, with the diving events starting at 2:00 and the swimming races going off at 5:00. The teams will then conclude their season at the Horizon League Championships, taking place February 22nd through the 25th.