Stevens Point Border Battle Invitational

STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin, November 13. SEVEN different members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's swimming team combined to win eight events as the team dominated both sessions of the "Border Battle" Saturday afternoon. The Panthers defended their title from a year ago, finishing the meet with 1,140 points to top second-place Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which recorded 925 as the host of the meet. Rounding out the field was South Dakota in third with 623 and Minnesota State Mankato fourth with 376 points.

Junior Jordan Diel was the only double-winner on the day, while senior Jake Kalinowski did record his second win of the weekend. The depth of the team was on display once again, with the list of winners including senior Matt Kluczinske, juniors Kyle Trelka and Brady Huemann, sophomore Nathan Welchlin and freshman Jeff Maxwell.

Diel swept the butterfly events, winning the 100 fly in 51.18. Milwaukee dominated the 200 fly, taking each of the top six spots in the event. Diel was first in 1:54.74 to edge out Welchlin (1:55.70).

Kalinowski won the 100 freestyle in a season-best 46.95 to give him a sweep of the sprints on the weekend. He was also a solid anchor in the relays.

"It was a great weekend for the team and fun to watch everyone swim their regular events," UWM head coach Kyle Clements said. "Jake (Kalinowski) had a great day and really led the way. This was a collective team effort. We worked on swimming tired and used the meet to serve a higher purpose. There were lots of positives to take from the effort all weekend."

Kluczinske won the 200 backstroke in a tight finish, with his time of 1:57.34 just edging Trelka, who was second in 1:57.58. It was just the opposite in the 100 back, with Trelka topping the field in a season-best 52.72 and Kluczinske close behind in 54.20.

Huemann had a solid day, winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.00 in addition to a couple of runner-up performances. He placed second in both the 400 IM (4:18.28) and the 100 breast (59.71).

Welchlin led a one-two-three showing for UWM in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:43.52. Kalinowski was second in 1:45.60 and sophomore Caleb Sandvold third in 1:46.82.

Maxwell continues his solid campaign, leading another 1-2-3 finish for the Panthers in the 1650 freestyle. He won in 16:48.47, with sophomore Brian Verink second (17:09.91) and classmate Zac Kraai third (17:26.49).

Winning times for the relays were 1:36.24 in the 200 medley, 7:04.90 in the 800 freestyle and 3:07.70 in the closing 400 freestyle relay, just off the team's season-best.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's swimming team dominated both sessions of the "Border Battle" Saturday afternoon, winning 11 of 13 events to claim the team title in the weekend meet. The Panthers defended their title from a year ago, finishing the meet with 1,160 points to easily top second-place Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which had 884. Rounding out the field was South Dakota in third with 746 and Minnesota State Mankato fourth with 536 points.

A pair of freshmen continues to lead the way, with Diana Diel and Emily McClellan each winning a pair of events Saturday. Senior Danielle Wenger and junior Sarah Wardecke each added their second victories of the weekend, while junior Danielle Chapman, sophomore Maggi Back and freshman Mary Kuyvenhoven all added individual wins.

In addition, all five relay teams posted wins at the meet in the two days of action.

A day after setting the pool record in the 200 IM, Diel was at it again with wins in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Her time of 57.93 in the 100 fly lowered the UWM freshman record she already broke (at 58.33), with Kuyvenhoven right behind in 1:00.46. In the 100 back, Diel edged Chapman at the wall, winning 58.89 to 59.91.

McClellan topped the field in her area of expertise, sweeping the breaststroke events. She claimed the 200 breast in 2:23.22, out-touching Wardecke, who was second in 2:23.52. In the 100 breast it was an even closer finish, with both swimmers tying for first in 1:06.06. In addition, McClellan's time in the 200 was a pool record.

"We had a lot of different winners on the weekend and the team is swimming very well," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "There were quite a few noteworthy performances and it was good to win it in the end. But, that wasn't our goal going in. We wanted to take a conference-meet approach to it and see how well we could swim tired. And, across the board, the team swam very well."

Wenger led a strong showing for Milwaukee in the 1650 freestyle, winning in 17:40.88 as the Panthers took the top four spots. A trio of sophomores was next, with Taylor Andrews second in 18:08.36, Ashley Yanzsa third in 18:16.61 and Karmyn Van Dewettering fourth in 18:56.61.

Chapman was the winner in the 200 backstroke in 2:09.47, while Beck claimed the 400 IM in 4:42.27. Andrews was just behind in 4:44.11.

Kuyvenhoven was the winner of the 200 butterfly in 2:13.30. Beck was second, touched-out in 2:13.74. Other top finishers for UWM included junior Heidi Niespodzany in the 200 freestyle (second in 1:56.11) and freshman Lindsey Verhulst in the 100 free (second in 54.62).

Winning times for the relays were 1:49.54 in the 200 medley, 8:01.08 in the 800 freestyle and 3:35.86 in the closing 400 freestyle relay.

Milwaukee closes out the 2010 portion of the new season with a three-day trek to Iowa for the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational Dec. 3-5. Both the swimmers and divers will compete, beginning each day at 11 a.m.

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