WHEATON, Illinois, December 2. THE Thunder swim teams hosted the 26th annual Wheaton Invitational this weekend at the Chrouser Aquatic Center. Wisconsin-Milwaukee won both the men's and women's portions of the meet, followed by Washington University (Mo.) with second-place performances in each meet.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee scored 713.5 points to win the men's meet, followed by Washington University with 640.5 in second place, Hope finished third with 523.5 points in third place, Grand Valley State scored 512 points in fourth place, Wheaton finished fifth with 502 points and Wisconsin-Stevens Point was sixth with 482.5 points.
Wheaton senior John Higgins won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.35 to provisionally qualify for the Division III Championships. Higgins also provisionally qualified for Nationals with a time of 46.56-seconds in the 100-yard freestyle to finish in second place. Junior Tim Linn posted a time of 21.37-seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to finish second. Junior Rob Morris finished second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.15 that provisionally qualified him for Nationals and he also finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.70-seconds. Junior Jeremy Lederhouse swam the 100-yard backstroke in 53.90-seconds to finish in third place. Junior Ethan Cramer finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.72 and posted a time of 16:31.12 in the 1650-yard freestyle to also finish fourth.
The Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers' women's team scored 814.5 points to finish in first place, Washington University finished second with 603 points, Wisconsin-Stevens Point scored 563 points in third place, Hope finished fourth with 548.5 points, Wheaton took fifth with 518 points, Grand Valley State scored 367 points in sixth place.
Junior Kaitlin Marko picked up a pair of first-place finishes for the weekend. Marko won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.99 to provisionally qualify for the Division III Championships. She also provisionally qualified for Nationals in the 1650-yard freestyle with a first-place effort of 17:25.19. She also had a second-place performance of 4:39.73 in the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Katherine Burt finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.04-seconds to provisionally qualify for Nationals and she also qualified with a second-place time of 52.32-seconds in the 100-yard freestyle.