*******Viking men and women take second*******The Lawrence University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team both took home second place in the Wisconsin Private College Championships this past weekend at Lawrence. Carthage College took first place honors in both the men’s and women’s meets.
The men were led by MWC swimmer of the week Chris Perry, who won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle for the Vikings. Joining him on the winners’ stand was Nick Heuer, who won the 50 freestyle. Several other Vikings finished second and third to gain points for LU. Besides Perry and Heuer, Adam Kolb and Steve Vander Naalt were named to the men’s All-State team.
The women had one winning event, the 200 freestyle relay. The four members of the squad in the relay were Mollie Bodin, Heather Prochnow, Cate Frazier, and Alice Shepro. Shepro and Jenni Hair were named to the women’s All-State team.
The Vikings will take this weekend off before traveling to Grinnell for the Midwest Conference Championships.
********* Vikings spilt with MSOE, clinch second seed********
The Lawrence University hockey team split a home series with MSOE this past weekend, but their two points in the series were not enough to keep MSOE from clinching the regular season championship. The Vikings did clinch the second seed in the MCHA playoffs and will have a first round bye.
Friday night at the Appleton Family Ice Center, the Vikings jumped all over the Raiders. Mason Oakes scored the first two goals for the Vikings, with a Raider goal in between to give them a 2-1 lead. A Willie Vanderhyden goal made it 3-2 Vikings in the second period before MSOE tied it at 3.
The third period belonged to LU, with three straight goals: one by Ryan Blick, one by Gharrity McNett, and a third by Andy Rozanski capped off a 6-3 victory and put LU within 4 points of the league lead.
Saturday night was much of the same. The teams went back and forth on goals. MSOE struck first, but Andy Rozanski tied the game up with 35 seconds left in the first period with his eleventh goal of the year. Willie Vanderhyden scored to make it 2-1 Vikings, but MSOE scored two straight to take a 3-2 lead after two periods. Ryan Blick tied the game at three, but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders’ Joe Swanson scored the game winner at 13:37 of the third.
The Vikings, in gaining two points, did manage to clinch the second seed and a first round bye in the new format of the MCHA playoffs. MSOE and Lawrence will have a week off between the end of the regular season this weekend, and the semifinals. The Vikings will host the winner of the fourth and fifth seeded teams, to be determined this weekend. The Vikings will close out the regular season this weekend at Finlandia.
*********Agbaje-Williams places in two events for Vikings********
Kolade Agbaje-Williams placed in two events at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Invitational this past weekend. Agbaje-Williams took third in the long jump, and took fifth in the 55-meter dash. No other Viking placed. LU is back in action this weekend at the UW-Oshkosh invitational.