Women’s swim team wins LU Triangular

Women’s swimming prevailed while the men fell on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Lawrence Triangular, between host Lawrence University, UW-River Falls and Ripon College.

The men, without senior Charlie Mann, saw themselves up against a formidable foe in the form of Ripon and UW-River Falls. The men’s team was led by senior Evan Flack, who took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.98) third in the 100-yard freestyle (51.01) and first place along with his teammates in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Two other mentionable standouts were sophomore Grant Wilkie and freshman Christian Bell. Bell managed to finish second in the 50-yard freestyle (22.52) and Wilkie came in third in the same event, just behind Bell with a time of 23.67. The men also managed to capture a top podium finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the team consisting of junior Nick Cracker, Flack, Wilkie and Bell. The group finished with a total time of 1:32.40. Lawrence’s second relay team, led by seniors Tom Vogel and Pat Vincent, sophomore Kaleb Cooperman and freshman Dylan Kuper, finished third in the same event.

Lawrence fell to UW-River Falls by a final score of 161-65 and also conceded a win to Ripon, 126-60. The men look forward to having senior Charlie Mann back to bolster team morale in the coming weeks.

The women, on the other hand, crushed their opponents, with a total team score of 142-80 against UW-River Falls, and a 153-41 victory against Ripon. The women’s team has been outstanding this season. They received many Midwest Conference honors last week and stayed consistent in their overall performance. The women’s team won every single event in the Triangular, leaving the competition in their wake. Individual standouts were sophomore Emily Flack with first place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (26.89), 100-yard freestyle (57.48) and the 200-yard medley relay, where her team, consisting of sophomore Haley Cardinal, freshman Paige Witter and senior Hannah Gabriel, won with a time of 1:44.41.

Taylor Winter also shined through with three wins, most notably in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:14.46), crushing her opponent by nearly two minutes. She picked up the top spot on the podium in the 500-yard freestyle (5:27.80) and in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:47.39) accompanied by Gabriel, Witter and freshman Danielle Millin.

You can see your Lawrence University swim team in action again when they take to the waters on Saturday, Nov.16, at the LU Buchanan-Kiewit Center at 12:00 p.m., when they face Ripon and Marquette University.