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GB earns gold in first home meet

maddie clark , Sports Writer
November 7, 2013
Filed under Sports

The Green Bay swimming and diving team gained its fourth straight win for the women, and a first dual victory for the men.

The Phoenix competed against non-conference opponent South Dakota State on Nov. 2 for its first home meet of the 2013-14 season at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium in the Kress Events Center.

Green Bay’s Parker Wolf, last week’s Horizon League Women’s Swimmer of the Week, along with Haley Lucas, Marlee Kiander and Emily Gomez started the women’s team off by capturing the first win of the meet in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.16.

The women also earned a gold medal to close the meet in the 800-yard freestyle relay of Claire Walters, Rachael Weiland, Wolf and Natalie Neuwirth, clocking a time of 7:49.79.

The middle distance freestylers, along with the stroke swimmers who occupied the lead, were Green Bay’s Weiland in the 200 freestyle, Lucas in the 200-yard butterfly and Neuwirth in the 200-yard backstroke.

Lucas set a new pool record, checking in at 2:04.91 in the 200-yard butterfly.

The Green Bay sprinters, who also brought home gold, were Gomez in the 100-yard backstroke and Wolf in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. Lucas, again, took home gold, this time in the 100-yard butterfly.

“As divers, we find ourselves performing an individual sport surrounded by a team atmosphere and effort,” said senior diver Carrie Dinelli. “As long as someone wearing a Phoenix swimsuit earns first place, we are happy. When that third-best diver beats the best diver, we are excited and pleased to share the spotlight.”

Indeed the spotlight was shared between Dinelli, along with younger sister Jessie Dinelli, and freshman Crystal Franzwa.

Franzwa brought home first, Jessie Dinelli earned second and Carrie Dinelli took home fifth in the one-meter. In the three-meter, Jessie Dinelli took second, Franzwa took third and Carrie Dinelli won fifth. South Dakota State’s Olivia Olesiak stole the three-meter title with the score of 249.37.

Overall, the Green Bay women’s swimming and diving team came out on top, defeating South Dakota State’s mens team 178-122.

The men’s swimming and diving team was able to restore their triumph this weekend against South Dakota States men’s team.

Starting with the relays, Green Bay’s Evan Hill, Ryan Korslin, Cole Hackney and Casey Murphy took gold in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:34.34. Connor Andrews, Rob Miner, Brian Heiser and Willem Poelmans won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:59.82.

The middle distance and sprint group had their fair share of conquest in both freestyle and stoke events individually for the Green Bay mens team.

“You can only imagine how exhausting it was,” said Poelmans, who won both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle.

The Green Bay men’s swimming and diving team won its first meet this year, defeating South Dakota State 162-138.