Gabriel, Brengels excel at meet

Greg Peterson

The Lawrence University Swim Team traveled to Carthage College last Saturday to compete in the Wisconsin Private College Championships. While Carthage, with 358 points on the women’s side and 347 on the men’s side of the competition, dominated the meet and scored more points than the other four teams combined, the Lawrence swimmers held off strong challenges from Carroll’s women’s team and Ripon’s men to finish in second on both sides of the meet.
Lawrence’s strongest performances came from junior Peter Brengel, who finished the 100-yard backstroke in 54.53 seconds to claim first place over Ripon’s Glenn Dworsky, and freshman Hannah Gabriel, who won the 1650-yard freestyle in 19:01.53 seconds.
Brengel also finished well in the 200-yard backstroke, in which he took second place, and swam the first leg of Lawrence’s second-place 400-yard medley relay team. Brengel’s brother, freshman Walker Brengel, finished at the head of a trio of freshman in the 200-yard freestyle, taking third in 1:50:76 while Evan Flack took fourth in 1:52:21 and Ted Chritton placed fifth with a time of 1:52:51.
Gabriel’s meet was the strongest individual performance by a Lawrence swimmer, though – besides her win in the 1650-yard freestyle, Gabriel swam the third leg of a second-place 200-yard freestyle relay, finished second in the 500-yard freestyle and took third in the 200-yard freestyle.
With no meets scheduled for this weekend, LUST will next travel to UW-Stevens Point to compete in the Eastbay Invitational Feb. 19.