By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving teams get their 2013-14 seasons underway this week, traveling to Ohio for a trio of Horizon League dual meets.
Head coach Jim Merner's squads open the schedule on Thursday afternoon at Wright State (4 p.m.) before heading to Youngstown State on Friday (4 p.m.) and Cleveland State on Saturday (11 a.m.). Thursday's and Friday's meets will be broadcast live on the Horizon League Network.
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Thursday, Oct. 24
Green Bay at Wright State - 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25
Green Bay at Youngstown State - 4 p.m.
The Phoenix teams are coming off another successful campaign in 2012-13, as the men’s and women’s squads combined to win five individual conference titles, break five school records, take home multiple awards and turn in countless standout performances.
By design, much of the teams’ success came at the 2013 Horizon League Championships, held Feb. 27-March 1 at the UIC Flames Natatorium in Chicago. The women's squad finished the four-day meet in third after a tight race for the team title, while the men's squad moved up a spot to fourth place after finishing fifth in each of the last five seasons.
The men's team returns sophomore Willem Poelmans (Hasselt, Belgium), who was selected as the Horizon League Men’s Newcomer of the Year after picking up a pair of individual conference titles in record-breaking fashion. The newcomer first won the 200-yard IM with a Horizon League and school-record time of 1:49.06, and then claimed the 400 IM in 3:52.85 while shattering another school record. Both swims were also good enough for NCAA B-cuts.
Senior Kendra Rottier (Green Bay, Wis.) is back for the Phoenix women. Rottier successfully defended her titles in the 1000 freestyle (10:07.32) and 1650 freestyle (16:50.94) races, and also placed second in the 500 freestyle (4:55.80) at last year's Horizon League meet. She posted season-best times in all three events.
For much more on Green Bay's 2012-13 season, click here.
Merner added a total of 16 newcomers to his 2013-14 rosters, including 10 women and six men. Tom Stover (diving coach) and Dana DeWitt (assistant coach) return to Merner's staff, while former Phoenix standout Jonathan Lesniak has been added as a student assistant.
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