Wheaton, Rose-Hulman Start Fast At CCIW Champs

Photo Courtesy: Rose-Hulman Athletics

After one day of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the Wheaton women and Rose-Hulman men stand atop the team standings.

On the women’s side, Wheaton leads with 263 points. Carthage is in second. Rose-Hulman has 300 points on the men’s side, and Carthage is in second.

The evening started with the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay. The Wheaton team of Sarah Coley, Hannah Rueger, Sarah Oldach and Kirsty Nitz touched in 1:35.44 to win by over two seconds. Carthage won the men’s race by only three-hundredths of a second over Rose-Hulman. The team of James Weslaski, James Hasbrouck, Chris Russo and Lee Hollman touched first in 1:22.92.

In the women’s 500-yard freestyle relay, Illinois-Wesleyan captured the top two spots. Meg Stanley finished in first with a time of 4:55.17 and Lauren Dineen-Griffin was second with a time of 5:01.18. Carthage’s Hannah Skendziel was third in 5:15.33.

On the men’s side, Wheaton swimmers took first and third place. Will McCauley won in 4:32.08, Rose-Hulman’s Paul Hintz was second with a time of 4:41.47 and Daniel Deysher was third, touching in 4:41.71.

The Wheaton women were dominant in the 200-yard individual medley, taking the top three spots. Katie Deysher took first in 2:06.03, Erin Bagley was second and Kayla Roberson was third.

Augustana’s Jared Ekberg took first in the men’s 200-yard individual medley. The freshman posted a time of 1:51.67. Weslaski was second and Wheaton’s Chris Szymczak was third.

Illinois-Wesleyan had a strong showing in the 50-yard freestyle. The school had individual swimmers take first and third place. Kirsten Slaughter won in 23.33 and Lisa Cheng was third in 24.26. Ellie Hong of Rose-Hulman was second.

In the men’s race, Wheaton’s Jack O’Connor brought home the win in 20.51. Illinois-Wesleyan’s Vic Lugg was second and Rose-Hulman’s Pierce Bartine touched third.

The night ended with the men’s and women’s 400-yard medley relay. Wheaton won the women’s race by over 11 seconds, posting a time of 3:45.39. In the men’s race, Wheaton was also victorious. They won with a time of 3:19.80.

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Author: Peter Baugh

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Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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