BROWN DEER, Wisconsin, February 25. THE Milwaukee men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams took the lead in both the men’s and women’s meets after day one of the four day event and never looked back in claiming the 2012 men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships.
On the men’s side, Milwaukee claimed its third consecutive conference championship as the Panthers outdistanced runner-up Cleveland State by a score of 901-726.5. UIC finished third with 701 points, Wright State fourth with 475, Green Bay fifth with 432 points and Valparaiso rounded out the field in sixth with 148 points.
In the women’s meet, Milwaukee’s win stopped Green Bay’s seven-year win streak at the conference championships. Milwaukee finished with 759.5 points, steadily pulling away from runner-up Cleveland State (675.5 points) who came into the day just five points behind the Panthers. Green Bay finished in third with 631 points, UIC in fourth with 566.5 points, Wright State in fifth with 402.5, Youngstown State in sixth with 364 points, Valparaiso in seventh with 137 points and Butler in eighth place with 124 points.
Milwaukee Head Coach Kyle Clements was named the Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to both championships. Milwaukee freshman Kenny Stelpflug was named Men’s Newcomer of the Year, while sophomore Emily McClellan was the Women’s Swimmer of the Meet and also the Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year.
Wright State’s Hermanus Botha was the Men’s Swimmer of the Meet and Men’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year. Green Bay’s Daniel Pogue was Men’s Diver of the Year. Pogue’s Diving Coach, Tom Stover, was the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
In women’s individual awards, Youngstown State’s Ashley Dow and Green Bay’s Amanda Walker were named Co-Newcomers of the Year. Cleveland State’s Kacey Cummings was named Women’s Diver of the Meet after claiming the conference title in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Cummings’ Diving Coach, Rich Karban, was named the Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.
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