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Viau, Dykstra Shine On Final Day Of WIAC Swim Meet
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2007
STEVENS POINT -- Senior Emily Viau (Apple Valley, MN/Eastview) took second in the 1650 freestyle and junior Bryan Dykstra (Racine/Horlick) grabbed second in three-meter diving to highlight UW-Eau Claire's performances on the final day of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships.
The Blugold women finished third for the fifth straight year as UW-Stevens Point won its second consecutive title. The Blugold men placed third for a seventh straight year as UW-Stevens Point captured its eighth consecutive crown. UW-La Crosse was a close second on both the men's and women's side in the six-team competition.
Viau's effort in the 1650 capped an outstanding meet as the team captain had previously tied for third in the 500 freestyle and taken fourth in the 200 freestyle.
Dykstra had taken the only Blugold gold of the meet when he won the one-meter diving competition on the first day of the meet. The Blugold men scored heavily in three-meter diving as Kenny Ritt (Fr.-Racine/Horlick) was third; Brandon Blaisdell (So.-Prior Lake, MN) was seventh and Sam Wojta (Fr.-St. Paul, MN/Central) placed eighth.
Brothers Peter (So.-Oakdale, MN/North St. Paul) and Matt Schultz (Fr.-Oakdale, MN/North St. Paul) both picked up finals places. Peter took fifth in the 200 breaststroke while Matt was seventh in the 200 butterfly. Teammate Brian Jordan (Jr.-Madison/West) was one place ahead of Matt with a sixth in the 200 fly.
Cale Schmidt-Jackson (Sr.-Duluth, MN/East) earned his third finals place as he finished sixth in the 200 backstroke, the same place he had taken in the 100 back. He was also fourth in the 100 fly.
Pat Finley (So.-Waunakee) took a fifth in the 1650 freestyle after garnering a ninth in the 500 free and a seventh in the 200 free.
Mari Bodensteiner (Fr.-Red Wing, MN) placed sixth in the 200 backstroke to go along with the fifth she earned in the 100 back.
Emily Diehl (Jr.-Prairie du Sac/Sauk Prairie) grabbed a third finals place when she finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke. She had previously taken fourth in the 200 IM and tied for seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Amy Stewart (South Milwaukee) worked her way to a seventh in the 200 butterfly.
The Blugold women's 400 freestyle relay team finished third while the Blugold men were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay.
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