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Men, Women Swimmers & Divers In Third At Championships
Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2005
WHITEWATER - The UW-Eau Claire men's and women's swimming and diving teams are each in third place out of six teams after day one of the three-day Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, held today at the Williams Center Pool.
On the men's side, UW-Stevens Point leads the way with a team score of 416 while UW-La Crosse is a distant second at 299. The Blugolds are third with 230 points followed by UW-Whitewater with 176, UW-Oshkosh with 144 and UW-River Falls with 109.
The Blugold men were led by the diving tandem of Scott Heatwole (Jr.-Port Washington) and Bryan Dykstra (Fr.-Racine/Horlick), who took first and second place in the one-meter diving event. Heatwole won the event with a score of 445.80 while Dykstra took second with a score of 439.65. Both scores are high enough for national competition. Third place was more than 20 points away, as Jack Riley from Stevens Point posted a score of 418.15.
The Blugolds finished with three, third-place finishes on the way, with Matt Schuebel (Sr.-Racine/Horlick) leading the way. Schuebel claimed third place in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 22.10 seconds. The time was short for a bid at national competition. The other third-place finishes for the men came from the 200-yard freestyle relay team and the 400-yard medley relay team.
On the women's side, La Crosse leads the way after day one with a team score of 416 while Stevens Point is in second with a score of 347. The Blugolds are currently in third with 261 points, far ahead of fourth-place Whitewater who sits at 124. Oshkosh is currently in fifth place with 120 points while River Falls rounds out the bunch with a score of 102.
The Blugold women posted three, top-three finishes on the day, with Cori Severson (Jr.-Brainerd, MN) grabbing second place in the 50-yard freestyle event. Severson finished in a time of 24.21 seconds, a season-best time. The time is a B-cut qualification for national competition. Severson lost only to Oshkosh's Renee Porter, who set a new pool record with a time of 24.09 seconds.
Sarah Myers (So.-Eau Claire/North) earned second place in the three-meter diving event, posting a score of 430.55, second only to La Crosse's Sarah Thayer with a score of 435.60. Myers' score is a qualifying score for national competition.
The Blugold women came away with one third place finish, as the 200-yard freestyle relay team earned third place.
Day two of the three-day event begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Whitewater.
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