Phoenix Sitting in Third and Sixth After First Day of HL Championships
By Kaylie Noll
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The Green Bay swimming and diving teams began the first of four days of the Horizon League Championships in record fashion. Out of competition and practice for nearly three months after hitting her hand on the board at the IUPUI House of Champions invitational in November, junior Bailey Wagner bounded back into the spotlight with a new team record on the 3-meter board, scoring 285.70 points in the consolation finals. Previous record holder Lauren McGraw had made her mark in 2009 with a score of 284.33.
Wagner said, “I’ve been wanting to break the record ever since I joined the team. After having a rough setback with breaking my hand earlier this year, I couldn’t be happier with finally achieving my goal. I couldn’t have done it without the endless support from my team.”
In the first event of the night, the 200 medley relay, both the women and the men took sixth place. The women’s team, consisting of freshman Allissa Smith, freshman Clare Martell, sophomore Ali Hanson, and senior Claire Friederick combined to put up a time of 1:43.31. The men’s squad, made up of sophomore Charlie Warren, freshman Garrett Spencer, junior Alec Rutkowski, and senior Derick Goodson touched the wall at 1:31.54
Crystal Franzwa was the lone Phoenix in the finals of the women’s 3-meter board. The redshirt junior flipped her way into seventh place during the afternoon’s prelims with a score of 240.35, and sealed the deal at night, becoming the first Green Bay athlete to stand on the podium.
Coach Tom Stover said, “I am so pleased about Crystal’s podium finish. It’s been such a long, hard road for her over the last two seasons as she battled back from multiple injuries. Although tonight’s score may not have been her best, it may have been Crystal’s best effort.”
The swimmers were back with the women’s 800 free relay. The women charged into a fourth place finish with a quick time of 7:25.77. Sophomore Roz Stoa, Smith, senior Janna Check, and junior Stephanie Garvin were only one one-hundredth off of the school record, set in 2014.
The final event of the evening was the men’s 800 free relay, where they moved up a seed into fifth place. Junior Brian Borden, sophomore Manny Hernandez, sophomore Nick Garcia, and freshman Riley Darling posted a time of 6:47.00. With none of the men graduating this year, be sure to watch this particular relay continue to get faster.
Head coach Reed Robelot said, “We’re dropping good time. Our swimmers certainly came to race, but so did the other teams. Our swimmers and divers are in a good spot to be able to score points in their events. As always, the mental game will be the separating factor between us and the other teams.”
Currently, the women are in third and the men are in sixth after night one, with three more evenings of scoring to go.
Women (After Day 1)
2. Youngstown State
3. Green Bay
4. Wright State
5. Cleveland State
Men (After Day 1)
2. Cleveland State
5. Wright State
6. Green Bay