MADISON, Wisconsin, October 7. THE University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s swimming and diving needed a strong finish in their 200 freestyle relays and got just that to beat the University of Wisconsin for the first time in program history.
Entering the final event of the day, UWM needed to have both relays finish in the top three to finally edge their in-state rivals. The Panthers team of Kyle Trelka, David Dvorak, Mike Brady and Nathan Welchlin took first (1:24.02) and the second team of Jordan Diel, Brady Garner, Caleb Sandvold and Sam Niesen easily finished third (1:25.42) to secure the victory, 149-145.
“It’s an exciting day to be a Panther,” UWM head coach Kyle Clements said. “The men’s 200 free relay is what won the meet for us. We knew we had to finish (first and third) in that last event and that’s what we did. All eight of those individuals were crucial to the win.”
Sophomore Becky Yokosh won the 200 backstroke and took second in the 100 back but the University of Wisconsin used strong performances across the board to hand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women’s swimming & diving team a loss Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Yokosh also contributed to a first-place performance by UWM in the 200 freestyle relay. The team (senior Sarah Wardecke, freshman Sierra Townsend, Yokosh and senior Heidi Niespodzany) finished with an NCAA `B’ cut time of 1:36.33.
The Panthers did get second-place efforts from the 400 medley relay team, Wardecke, junior Maggi Beck, sophomores Diana Diel, Emily McClellan and Brittany Walsh.
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