It is easy to view sports teams on a year by year basis. The football team did well this year. Track put up a good fight at conference. But sports is far more than that. Sports are everlasting. The volleyball team will be back next year. The soccer team has been coming back year after year. Because of this continuity, echoes of teams gone by resound through the Lawrence athletic community. The swim team is no exception. In a way, Assistant Coach Daniel Martin is an embodiment of these echoes. Martin was a member of the very team he coaches today. In addition to Martin’s swim team, this article speaks of another team, Lawrence wrestling. The wrestling team, like the golf team, no longer exists at Lawrence. Its tradition has been cut short. Its reverberations are no longer heard. The death of a sports team is a tragedy that the entire Lawrence community must work together to avoid.
The LU swimming and diving team went against UW-Whitewater Jan. 13 in their home pool. Hayley Vatch made an impressive showing, winning both the 1000 and 500 freestyle, and Jenni Hair and Meredith Claycomb went 1-2 in the 400 individual medley. Mandy Schlais took the 200 butterfly, and the women clinched the top two spots in the 400 free relay to close the meet with a 145-95 score, their third win over the Warhawks this season. Marissa Vallette won both 1-meter and 3- meter diving for the Vikes.
Despite winning a number of freestyle events, the men fell to Whitewater 129-77. Kyle Griffin took the 1000 free and Brett Cox and Daniel Martin took the top two spots in the 100, while the men’s 400 free relay beat Whitewater to end the meet.
Sophomore Taylor Brengel was named Midwest Conference (MWC) Swimmer of the Week for his 200-yard backstroke performance against Whitewater, swimming a time of 2:05.12, the top time in the conference this season. Brengel also swam the opening leg of LU’s winning 400 free relay.
The Lawrence wrestling team was defeated 43-6 by third-ranked UW-La Crosse at their home WIAC match Jan. 16. Tony Kazik and Joe Austin picked up wins for the Vikes in the 133 and 184-pound weight classes. The Vikings’ Jan. 13 WIAC match-up against UW-Platteville left them dis-appointed by a 29-13 loss. Lawrence gained wins from Sam Laes, John Budi, Joe Austin and Jack Peters.