MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, February 2. SENIOR Jess Kelly's two individual victories helped lead the way as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at the Klotsche Natorium by a score of 137-106. The Panthers won eight events overall on the day to post just their second victory over the Phoenix since 1992.
"I think our girls are a good program and they want to let people know that they are for real," UWM head coach Dave Griffore said. "They came out and supported one another and had a great all-around performance. They just want people to know that they are ready to stop losing."
After falling by a single point in their dual at Green Bay last season (122-121), Milwaukee came out with victories in the first three individual events to get things rolling.
Freshman Danielle Wenger won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:27.64 to help give UWM two of the top three finishers in the first event. Sophomore Jenny Westfall was third in 10:36.22.
Freshman Kelsey Ogle then won the 200 freestyle in a season-best 1:57.48 before Kelly came through with a win in the 50 freestyle in a season-best time of 24.63. The senior captain also went on to claim a victory in the 100 free, touching the wall in 53.82.
Other winners for UWM included juniors Molly Finn and Ashley Hall, sophomore Shannon Berndt and the 400 free relay team.
Finn won the 200 butterfly in 2:08.20 while also coming in second in the 200 IM. Berndt touched-out fellow sophomore Kerry Rossow in the 200 breaststroke, winning in 2:24.36 to Rossow's 2:24.80. Berndt also recorded a third-place showing in the 200 IM.
Hall won one of the two diving events, claiming a victory on the three-meter board with a season-best and NCAA Zone-qualifying total of 297.90 points. Sophomore Rachel Grimm was in third with a season-high 264.68 total. Hall also took second on the one-meter with 259.95 points.
In addition to the win in the 1,000, Wenger took second in the 200 backstroke in 2:08.62. It was notable in the fact that it was the first time she swam the event all season. Ogle also chipped in with a second-place effort in the 500 freestyle, finishing in a season-best 5:09.77.
The 400 free relay squad of Ogle, senior Heidi Goetsch, Finn and Kelly closed out the afternoon with a win in 3:34.22.
The decision is the seventh-straight dual win for the women on the season and also snapped the 10-dual win streak that Green Bay brought into the meet.
"I think it was a big meet for our kids – I am very happy for them," Griffore said. "You end with one of the biggest meets of the year like this and it rolls into some confidence and we are going to take that into the end of the year and give it a run."
Special thanks to UW-Milwaukee for contributing this report.