BROWN DEER, Wisconsin, February 21. UNIVERSITY of Wisconsin-La Crosse won its second straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center following the conclusion of the three-day league festival on Feb. 21.
The Eagles compiled 970 team points enroute to the 11th title in program history. UW-Stevens Point finished second with 808 points, while UW-Eau Claire was third with 611, UW-Whitewater fourth with 384, UW-Oshkosh fifth with 241 and UW-River Falls sixth with 153.
UW-La Crosse’s Chelsea Hoff was voted the Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive season. During Saturday’s competition she won the 200-yard backstroke with a WIAC meet record performance of 2:02.46.
Also winning titles for the Eagles were Katelyn Hartung and Anita Talavera. Hartung claimed the 100-yard freestyle in 51.98, while Talavera was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.78.
The Eagles’ 400-yard freestyle relay squad established a conference meet record with a first-place time of 3:26.80.
UW-Eau Claire’s Angie Bakula posted a conference meet record time of 17:13.52 to win the 1,650-yard freestyle, while UW-Stevens Point’s Annie Houlihan was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke with a WIAC meet record performance of 2:22.82.
UW-La Crosse’s Rachel LaValley was named the Diver of the Meet after winning the three-meter event on Thursday and placing second on the one-meter board on Friday.
The Eagles’ Rich Pein was voted the Coach of the Year, while UW-Stevens Point’s Abby Strobel received the Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award.
Special thanks to the WIAC for contributing this report.