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Third Place Finishes At Swimming & Diving Championships
Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The UW-Eau Claire men's and women's swimming and diving teams held steady to take third in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships, hosted by UW-River Falls in the U of M Aquatic Center.
The men take third for the fourth year in a row. The team collected 526 points for the three-day event. UW-Stevens Point took first with 1,017.5 while the runner-up squad was UW-La Crosse at 781.5. Behind the Blugolds were UW-Whitewater at 368, UW-Oshkosh with 284 and River Falls finishing if off with a 185 tally.
The same positions occurred for all competing teams on the women's side. This marks the third third-place finish in as many years for the women. They had 545 points on the evening. The Pointers notched 985 while La Crosse took 938.5. Following Eau Claire were the 321.5 points of the Warhawks, the 261 total of Oshkosh and finally the Falcon score of 201.
Scott Heatwole (Sr.-Port Washington) walked off sharing the WIAC Diver of the Meet Award with Oshkosh's Jacob Chadderdon. Heatwole took second behind Chadderdon in Thursday's one-meter event, but tonight defeated his Oshkosh foe in the three-meter with a 466.55 score for 20 points. This is Heatwole's second WIAC Diver of the Meet Award, as he won it last year.
Gains over ten points were collected by a number of Blugolds. Cale Schmidt-Jackson (Jr.-Duluth, MN/East) continued his success from yesterday with a 15-point fourth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:00.55 time. Nick Peterson (Jr.-Lake Elmo, MN/North St. Paul) took sixth in the same race, collecting 13 for Eau Claire on a 2:02.34 swim. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Peter Schultz (Fr.-Oakdale, MN/North) finished in fifth for 14 points on a 2:12.76 effort. The 2:02.73 200-yard butterfly of Brian Hauerwas (So.-Racine/CASE) notched fourth place and 15 points. . Brian Jordan (So.-Madison/West) swam a 17:22.49 1650-yard race for fifth to add 14 more Blugold points.
The relay team took third in the 400-yard freestyle in 3:16.00 for 32 points.
The most impressive feat of the night went to Cori Severson (Sr.-Brainerd, MN). She was the 100-yard freestyle champ with a 51.74 time, a new WIAC and school record. The old WIAC record was 52.43, set by La Crosse's Krista Melvin in 2004. The old Blugold record of 52.63 was set by Sara Shimanski in 1995. Severson's swim gained 20 points for the team.
The women notched gains over ten numerous times today to keep the three spot. Emily Viau (Jr.-Apple Valley, MN/Eastview) swam an 18:14.33 1650-yard freestyle race for fifth place along with 14 points. In the 200-yard backstroke, Emmie Lee(So.-Zimmerman, MN/Elk River) and her 2:13.46 race took home 13 points and sixth place. Emily Diehl (So.-Prairie du Sac/Sauk Prairie) swam into fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke on a 2:29.01 time and garnered 15 points. In the 200-yard butterfly, Annie Gorman (Sr.-Menomonie) had a seventh place time of 2:16.04 for 12 points.
The relay team took third in the 400-yard freestyle on a 3:41.34 display that took in 32 points.
The next stop for some Blugolds are the NCAA Division III Nationals, held in the familiar U of M Aquatic Center. For the women, they begin March 9th and go through March 11th. On the men's side, the nationals begin March 16th and finish March 18th.
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