MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, October 20. THE University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming & diving team won nine of 13 events to defeat Wright State, 136-107, on Friday at the Klotsche Natatorium. Seniors Lindsay Caldwell and Emily Duesler and sophomore Molly Finn recorded two wins each to help the Panthers to the victory in their home opener.
In addition to those victories, Milwaukee also received wins from junior Jess Kelly, freshman Megan Skiba and the 400 freestyle relay team.
"I am extremely proud of what our women accomplished tonight," UWM head coach Dave Griffore said. "Wright State is a program that has been ahead of them in the past. For them to perform as well as they did at this point in the year, I couldn't be happier."
Caldwell took home wins in the 200 and 100 freestyle, with her time in the 100 nearly setting a new Klotsche Natatorium record. She won the 200 in 1:55.01 and then followed that up with a time of 52.16 in the 100. That just missed the record of 51.84, set by Caldwell last year.
Duesler helped pace the UWM diving efforts, winning both boards going way. On the one-meter, her score of 258.08 won by over 34 points. She then topped that on the three-meter, setting a personal-high with 293.48, winning by over 75 points and topping her old best of 283.25. That total was also an NCAA Zone qualifying score.
Finn also had two wins, taking the victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.54. That led a contingent of UWM swimmers in the event, as the Panthers finished 1-3-4 with freshman Bailey Nennig third and classmate Shannon Berndt fourth. Finn also won the 200 butterfly, touching the all in 2:10.26.
"I didn't think I was going to see a lot of results so soon, but these kids swam out of their minds tonight," Griffore said. "We just have to keep building on that."
Other winners for UWM included Skiba, who won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:11.42 and Kelly, who sprinted to a win in the 50 freestyle in 24.88. Lastly, the 400 freestyle relay team (consisting of Caldwell, Finn, Kelly and senior Heather Sawatzki) finished strong, ending the night with a win in 3:35.81.
"My goal when we do line-ups is to go for the 400 relay," Griffore said. "So we loaded up that team with the four who we thought were the best right now. They did a great job – their splits were fantastic and for them to have that kind of time at this point in the year is absolutely great."