Swimming places well at Wisconsin Private College Championships

Tyler Gasper

( Photo courtesy of Paul WIlke)

The men and women of Lawrence University’s swim team put forth a good performance at the Wisconsin Private College Championships held at Carthage last weekend on Jan. 28. After a day of competition against five opposing swim teams, the men repeated their second place finish with 137 total points, and the women took third place with 97 points. Head Coach Andrew Fleek noted that the team had some great performances over the course of the meet.

On the women’s side, Taylor Winter continued to do well, taking first place in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:08.06, second in the 500-yard freestyle, and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly. Also for the women, Hannah Gabriel took second place in the women’s 200-yard freestyle after finishing with a time of 2:01.15, and third in both the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Finally, the Lawrence women’s 200-yard medley freestyle relay team consisting of Julia Heller, Chelsea Hameister, Lisa Nikolau and Winter took third place in the event after swimming for a combined time of 1:48.22.

For the men, Evan Flack snagged second place in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.09 and third in the 100-yard butterfly, while Charlie Mann took third place in the men’s 100-yard freestyle. In addition, Peter Brengel nabbed first place in the men’s 200-yard backstroke after swimming for a final time of 2:03.90, while also taking second place in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Finally, the Lawrence men’s 200-yard medley team, consisting of Brengel, Cameron Gmehlin, Pat Vincent and Mann took first place in that event after finishing with a combined time of 1:42.82.

After the performances put forth by both the men and women at this meet, Fleek feels confident that the team will perform well at the Midwest Conference Championships, which will be held Feb. 17-19.

“As a team we had some great performances at the Wisconsin Private College Championships,” said Fleek. “That makes me very confident as we approach the MWC meet.”