Vikings take third at LU Triangular

Tyler Gasper

It was a tough weekend for the men and women of Lawrence University’s swim teams, as they came in third behind Lake Forest and Carroll University at the Lawrence Triangular. Head Coach Andrew Fleek noted that there was a bright side, as both teams had some standout performances at the event.

“I was very happy with our performances at the double dual against Carroll and Lake Forest,” said Fleek. “Though we lost, we had some very fast swims from Taylor Winter, Hannah Gabriel, Peter Brengel and Caleb Stellmach.”

Fleek’s statement was quite accurate. On the women’s side, Winter took second place in the Women’s 1,000-yard freestyle after finishing the event with a time of 11:05.62. Winter also took second in the 500-yard freestyle after swimming for a time of 5:22.87. Gabriel took first place in both the Women’s 100-yard freestyle and the Women’s 200-yard freestyle with final times of 57.12 and 2:01.06 respectively. A women’s relay team comprised of Gabriel, Julia Heller, Chelsea Hameister and Jenna Budde also took third place in the Women’s 200-yard freestyle relay.

For the men, Brengel just missed taking first place in the men’s 100-yard backstroke. Brengel finished just behind Carroll University swimmer Alberto Degiovanni, with a time of 56.75 — which secured him second place in the event. Brengel also took fourth place in the men’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.76. Stellmach took second place in the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle after swimming the entire race in 11:20.46, while also taking fourth in the men’s 500-yard freestyle with a final time of 5:27.18.

Although the teams may not have done quite as well as they might have hoped in the Lawrence Triangular, Fleek said the teams feel optimistic about the upcoming Wisconsin Private College Championships at Carthage this weekend.

“We feel very confident going into the Wisconsin Private College Championships and are looking to repeat our second place finishes from last year,” said Fleek.