Category: Swimming

The Week Ahead: January 9-15

APPLETON, Wis. — It is a big weekend at Alexander Gymnasium as the Lawrence University basketball teams play four games in the historic venue. Lawrence takes on Cornell College on Friday night, and the Vikings face Illinois College on Saturday afternoon. Lawrence track also opens its season on Friday as the Vikings travel to UW-Oshkosh for a meet at Kolf Sports Center.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Opponent: Lawrence at UW-Oshkosh

When and Where: Friday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m., Kolf Sports Center, Oshkosh, Wis.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: Lawrence opens its season at the alma mater of its coach, Jason Fast. Fast was a member of UW-Oshkosh’s 2002 NCAA Division III national championship cross country team. He later served as an assistant coach at Oshkosh before taking over the cross country and track programs at Lawrence.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2-9, 0-6 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Cornell (8-3, 6-0 MWC)

When and Where: Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Cornell

The Series: The series, which started in the 1988-89 season, is tied 7-7. Lawrence put together a seven-game win streak against the Rams from 1989-06, and Cornell has won the last six meetings.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Illinois College (8-3, 5-1 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Illinois College

The Series: Illinois College has a 21-18 lead in a series that started in the 1991-92 season. The Lady Blues have won the last seven meetings.

Fast Fact: Lawrence played one its best road games of the season this past Saturday at Monmouth. The Vikings trailed by just six points with less than five minutes remaining before the Scots pulled away. A big stat for the Vikings was a 38-29 edge on the glass, and that’s the first time Lawrence has out-rebounded an opponent this season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (4-6, 4-2 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Cornell (5-6, 3-3 MWC)

When and Where: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Cornell

The Series: Cornell holds a commanding 61-29 lead in a series that goes back to 1924. The Vikings are 3-3 against the Rams since Cornell rejoined the Midwest Conference.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Illinois College (3-8, 0-6 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Illinois College

The Series: In a series that started in 1985-86, Lawrence holds a 35-10 advantage over the Blueboys. Lawrence has won 11 straight and 23 of the last 25 against Illinois College.

Fast Fact: Junior forward Ben Peterson continues to be hot from beyond the 3-point line. Peterson went 7-for-13 from 3-point range in two games this last week for a 53.8 percent clip. On the season, Peterson ranks eighth in all of NCAA Division III in 3-point shooting at 52.9 percent.

HOCKEY (4-8-1, 3-4-1 NCHA)

Opponent: Lawrence at Aurora (3-10-0, 3-5-0 NCHA)

When and Where: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m., Fox Valley Ice Arena, Geneva, Ill.

Webcast/Live Stats: Lawrence at Aurora

The Series: Lawrence holds a 2-0 edge in a series that started last season. The Vikings defeated Aurora 7-0 and 6-4 in the 2015-16 season.

Fast Fact: Lawrence is coming off a pair of tight losses to Concordia (Wis.), the second-place team in the NCHA South Division. Lawrence rookies Carson Knop and Matt Beranek both scored their first collegiate goals in last Friday’s 4-3 loss at Concordia.

SWIMMING

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Illinois Tech

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., Boldt Natatorium.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: This is the final home meet of the season for the Vikings, who are facing former Lawrence star Kyle Griffin, now in his third season as the coach at Illinois Tech.

Witter, Charlow both win twice as Lawrence women tie, men fall to UW-Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Paige Witter and Travis Charlow both won a pair of individual events Saturday as the Vikings tied and lost at UW-Oshkosh.

Witter won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.28 and took the top spot in the 500 freestyle in 5:28.33. The Lawrence women tied UW-Oshkosh 115-115.

Charlow won the 100 freestyle in 51:35 and grabbed first in the 200 freestyle in 1:55.07. Oshkosh edged the Lawrence men 99-83.

Charlow also teamed with Max Stahl, Christian Bell and Tom Goldberg to win the 200 medley relay in 1:43.95. Stahl also won the 100 backstroke in 59.25 seconds. Liam Wulfman was the other winner for the Vikings as he took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.43.

Sarah Schweickart and Elise Riggle both won events and swam on a winning relay for the women. Schweickart took first in the 200 IM in 2:23.81, and Riggle won the 1,000 freestyle in 11:35.18. Schweickart and Riggle teamed with Emei Thompson and Bridget Duero to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.64.

Eryn Blagg and Emmi Zheng also picked up wins for the Vikings. Blagg won the 100 freestyle in 56.97 seconds, and Zheng took the top spot in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.92.

Results

The Week Ahead: January 2-8

APPLETON, Wis. — It’s a full week of games for nearly all the winter season teams as basketball tips off 2017 with games on Monday afternoon. Lawrence gets back into Midwest Conference play with games against Knox and Monmouth this week. Lawrence hockey returns to Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play with a series against Concordia (Wis.), and the Lawrence swimmers travel to UW-Oshkosh on Saturday.

LU Sports-VikingBasketball-PMS294WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2-7, 0-4 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Knox (5-4, 2-2 MWC)

When and Where: Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Knox

The Series: In a series that started in the 1989-90 season, it is all tied at 19-19. Knox has won the last five meetings, and Lawrence’s last victory was a 93-92 win at Knox during the 2013-14 season.

Opponent: Lawrence at Monmouth (1-8, 1-3 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m., Glennie Gymnasium, Monmouth, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Monmouth

The Series: Monmouth holds a 20-11 lead in a series that started in the 1988-89 season. The Scots have won the last 16 meetings, and Lawrence’s last wins came courtesy of a season sweep during the 2006-07 campaign.

Fast Fact: Lawrence sophomore forward Leah Reeves had a trio of big games during the Vikings’ recent nonconference schedule. Reeves averaged 16.7 points while shooting 55 percent from the floor to go with 5.7 rebounds in her last three games. Reeves, who scored a career-high 24 points vs. Widener, has taken over the team lead in scoring at 10.0 points per game.

LU Sports-VikingBasketball-PMS294MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-6, 2-2 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Knox (1-8, 1-3 MWC)

When and Where: Monday, Jan. 2, 3 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Knox

The Series: In a series that goes back to 1925, Knox holds a slim 61-59 advantage, but the rivalry has been dominated by Lawrence over the past 15 years. The Vikings have won 10 straight over Knox and 26 of the last 29 meetings dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Opponent: Lawrence at Monmouth (2-7, 2-2 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 7, 3 p.m., Glennie Gymnasium, Monmouth, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Monmouth

The Series: Monmouth has a 70-40 lead in a series that started in 1926, but Lawrence has had the better of the rivalry over the last decade-plus. Lawrence is 19-5, including a 12-game win streak mixed in there, against the Scots since the start of the 2002-03 season.

Fast Fact: Junior forward Ben Peterson averaged nearly a double-double in the Vikings’ two games at the JustAGame Field House against a pair of WIAC foes, including unbeaten UW-Whitewater. Peterson averaged 12 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in those two games and is now averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Senior forward Mitch Willer shot 65 percent from the floor in the last two games, and his shooting percentage actually went down. He’s hitting at a 67.1 percent clip from the floor while averaging a team-high 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.

HOCKEY (4-6-1, 3-2-1 NCHA)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Concordia (Wis.) (7-4-1, 4-3-1 NCHA)

When and Where: Friday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Ozaukee Ice Center, Mequon, Wis.; Saturday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Appleton Family Ice Center.

Friday Webcast: Lawrence at CUW; Saturday Webcast: Lawrence vs. CUW

The Series: Lawrence holds a 13-5-2 lead in a series that started in the 2007-08 season. The Vikings are 3-0-1 in their last four meetings with the Falcons.

Fast Fact: Both of these teams are off to strong starts early in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association season. Lawrence is tied for second place in the North Division, and Concordia holds down second place in the South Division.

LU Sports-VikingSwimDive-PMS294SWIMMING

Opponent: Lawrence at UW-Oshkosh

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m., Albee Hall, Oshkosh, Wis.

Fast Fact: Lawrence swept the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week honors after the Vikings’ meet in Florida before Christmas. Danielle Millin was the women’s winner and Christian Bell took the men’s honor as the Vikings split a dual meet with Urbana University.

Millin, Bell sweep MWC Swimmer of the Week honors

Christian Bell
Christian Bell
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Danielle Millin

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Danielle Millin and Christian Bell have swept the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week awards.

Millin (Monona, Wis./Monona Grove) won the women’s award, and Bell (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) captured the men’s honor. This is the first time Millin and Bell have won MWC Swimmer of the Week honors.

Millin, a senior, won two events and took second in another at the Fun in the Sun Classic in Venice, Fla., on Dec. 14.

Millin won the 50-yard backstroke in 30.58 seconds and swam on the winning 200 medley relay team, which took first in 1:59.09. She also grabbed second in the 50 freestyle in 26.69 seconds. Led by Millin, Lawrence defeated Urbana University 71-41.

Bell, also a senior, took one first and posted two other top-three finishes at the Fun in the Sun Classic.

Bell tied for first place in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.10 seconds. He also was part of the 200 medley relay team that placed second in 1:46.66 seconds. He also grabbed third in the 50 butterfly in 26.93 seconds. Lawrence was edged at the meet by Urbana University 62.33-38.67.

Lawrence takes a break for the holidays and returns to action on Jan. 7 when it travels to UW-Oshkosh for a dual meet.

Lawrence swimmers split at Fun in the Sun Classic

VENICE, Fla. — The Lawrence University swim teams split their dual meet Tuesday with Urbana University at the Fun in the Sun Classic.

The Lawrence women topped Urbana 71-41, and the Blue Knights downed the Lawrence men 62.33-38.67.

Leading the way for the Lawrence women were event winners Danielle Millin and Emmi Zheng. Millin grabbed first in the 50-yard backstroke in 30.58 seconds, and Zheng was the top finisher in the 50 breaststroke in 33.33 seconds.

The women’s 200 medley relay team of Millin, Zheng, Paige Witter and Eryn Blagg also took first in 1:59.09.

On the men’s side, the top finishers for the Vikings were Travis Charlow and Christian Bell, who finished in a three-way tie for first place with Urbana’s Phi Bryce in the 50 freestyle in 24.10 seconds.

Results

Witter, Riggle lead Vikings to third at Pioneer Classic

GRINNELL, Iowa — Paige Witter and Elise Riggle both posted runner-up finishes Saturday to lead the Lawrence University women’s swim team at the Pioneer Classic at Grinnell College.

Witter grabbed second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.58 as she was edged by Ripon College’s Emma Goral, who won in 2:14.06. Lawrence’s Sarah Schweickart took seventh in 2:28.03.

Riggle swam to second in the 1,650 freestyle in 19:23.19 with Carroll University’s Sarah Schulz winning in 19:19.06.

Riggle also took third in the 200 backstroke in 2:20.92 with teammate Danielle Millin finishing fourth in 2:21.37. Riggle posted a fourth in the 400 individual medley in 5:01.02 with Millin grabbing sixth in 5:05.31 and Schweickart taking eighth in 5:11.30.

Witter was a workhorse for the Vikings as she took third in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.34 and swam on every relay.

Witter was part of the 800 freestyle relay that was edged by Grinnell for the title. Witter, Eryn Blagg, Emei Thompson and Bridget Duero finished in 8:18.95, and Grinnell won it in 8:18.22.

The 200 medley relay of Witter, Millin, Blagg and Emmi Zheng took third in 1:56.31, and the 400 freestyle relay of Witter, Blagg, Millin and Thompson was third in 3:52.20.

Zheng posted a pair of top-six finishes as she took fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:39.00 and sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.91. Blagg took fifth in the 200 freestyle in 2:04.35, and Lizzy Garcia-Creighton was seventh in the 100 freestyle in 57.21 seconds.

Lawrence finished third in the team standings with 656 points. Grinnell won the title with 1,466.5.

On the men’s side, the top finishers were the 200 medley relay team of Max Stahl, Tom Goldberg, Christian Bell and Liam Wulfman, who finished eighth in 1:43.87. Lawrence finished ninth in the team standings with 219 points. Grinnell won the title with 1,364.5.

Results

Witter paces Vikings on opening day of Pioneer Classic

GRINNELL, Iowa — Paige Witter’s runner-up finish led the Lawrence University swimmers on Friday at the Pioneer Classic at Grinnell College.

Witter raced to second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of of 5:22.11 and was nipped by Grinnell’s Beth Tsuha, who won in 5:21.40.

Lawrence’s 400 medley relay team of Witter, Emei Thompson, Emmi Zheng and Danielle Millin took third in 4:14.64. The 200 freestyle relay team of Millin, Thompson, Eryn Blagg and Lizzy Garcia-Creighton grabbed fourth in 1:45.25.

The Lawrence women are third in the team standings with 142 points. Grinnell leads with 366.

On the men’s side, the top finishers were the 200 freestyle relay team of Travis Charlow, Max Stahl, Christian Bell and Tom Goldberg, who finished eighth in 1:32.19.

Lawrence is in ninth place with 30 points, and Grinnell leads with 377.

Results

The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University hockey team jumps back into Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend, and the men’s and women’s basketball team begin Midwest Conference play this week.

LU Sports-VikingSwimDive-PMS294SWIMMING

Event: Grinnell Pioneer Classic

When and Where: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Grinnell Natatorium.

Webcast: Pioneer Classic

Fast Fact: The Lawrence women are off to a great start this season with a 2-0 mark in dual meets. The Vikings downed Ripon 137-67 and pounded Beloit 157-31. Senior Paige Witter has already picked up Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week honors this season after her performance in the All-Wisconsin Showcase to start the season.

LU Sports-VikingBasketball-PMS294WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2-0, 0-0 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Illinois College (2-2, 1-0 MWC)

When and Where: Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m., Sherman Gymnasium, Jacksonville, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Illinois College

The Series: Illinois College holds a 20–18 edge in a series that started in 1991-92. The Lady Blues have won six straight, and Lawrence’s last victory was a 56-53 victory at Alexander Gymnasium in the 2012-13 season.

Opponent: Lawrence at at Knox (1-2, 0-0 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m., Memorial Gymnasium, Galesburg, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Knox

The Series: Lawrence holds a 19-18 advantage in a series that started in the 1989-90 season. The Prairie Fire has won four in a row, and Lawrence’s last victory was a 93-92 win during the 2013-14 season.

Fast Fact: Lawrence has started the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Lawrence’s 2005-06 team won its first nine games. Junior guard Olivia Hoesley is shooting a solid 47.8 percent from the floor, but Hoesley is hitting a sizzling 66.7 percent of her shots from inside the arc.

LU Sports-VikingBasketball-PMS294MEN’S BASKETBALL (0-2, 0-0 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Illinois College (1-2, 0-1 MWC)

When and Where: Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Sherman Gymnasium, Jacksonville, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Illinois College

The Series: In a series that dates to the 1985-86 season, Lawrence holds a 34-10 advantage over Illinois College. The Vikings have beaten the Blueboys 10 consecutive times and have won 22 of the last 24.

Opponent: Lawrence at at Knox (0-3, 0-0 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Memorial Gymnasium, Galesburg, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Knox

The Series: In a series that goes all the way back to 1925, Knox holds a 61-58 edge over the Vikings. Lawrence has really closed the gap in the series in recent years. Lawrence has won nine straight over the Prairie Fire and 25 of the last 28 dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Fast Fact: The last time Lawrence started the season 0-2 was the 2010-11 season, and the Vikings broke through for its first win that season against Illinois College. Senior forward Mitch Willer is off to a solid start this season, averaging 11 points while shooting 64.3 percent from the floor. Willer blocked a career-high four shots against UW-Stevens Point this past Saturday.

LU Sports-VikingHockey-PMS301HOCKEY (3-5-0, 3-1-0 NCHA)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. No. 3 St. Norbert (8-2-0, 5-1-0 NCHA)

When and Where: Friday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Appleton Family Ice Center; Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Community Center, De Pere, Wis.

Webcast: Friday: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert; Saturday: Lawrence at St. Norbert

The Series: St. Norbert holds a 42-4-0 lead in a series that goes back to the 1986-87 season. Three of Lawrence’s wins in the series came against St. Norbert’s club team in the 1987-88 season.

Fast Fact: Lawrence’s youth is showing its muscle early this season. Only three seniors rank among Lawrence’s top 15 scorers through the first eight games. On the defensive end, rookie goaltender Evan Cline picked up his first career shutout in just his second career start and has a .944 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average through his first three games.

Lawrence swimmers to participate in “Hour of Power”

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University swimming teams will join thousands of athletes from other colleges, high schools and club teams across the country by participating in the 11th annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research.

The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006. The annual swim relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to more than 170 teams and more than 8,000 athletes in recent years.

Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.

In the event’s first 10 years, participating teams have raised more than $630,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.

The funds have been used for a variety of projects that evaluate the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of novel markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecule and cell therapies for resistant disease. Each summer, the University of Chicago also hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, at the University of Chicago Medicine.

All teams are welcome to participate whether or not they fundraise.

As of today, 152 teams encompassing an estimated 7,200 athletes have registered for the 2016 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.

 

Lawrence swimmers split with Beloit

APPLETON, Wis. — Danielle Millin and Paige Witter won two events apiece Saturday to lead the Lawrence University women’s swimming team to a 157-31 dual meet victory over Beloit College at Boldt Natatorium.

The Beloit men edged Lawrence 101-81.

Millin won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.80 and took the top spot in the 50 freestyle in 26.57 seconds. Witter won the 500 freestyle in 5:31.60 and grabbed first in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.46.

Other winners for the Vikings were: Elise Riggle (1,000 freestyle, 11:29.90), Emei Thompson (200 freestyle, 2:05.89), Sarah Schweickart (200 individual medley, 2:24.12), Lizzy Garcia Creighton (100 freestyle, 57.69 seconds), Emmi Zheng (100 breaststroke, 1:11.05)

The women’s 200 medley relay team of Millin, Witter, Zheng and Garcia Creighton won in 1:56.63, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Schweickart, Thompson, Riggle and Bridget Duero won in 1:49.61.

On the men’s side, Liam Wulfman won the 100 butterfly in 59.19 seconds, and Tom Goldberg took the top spot in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.37.

The 200 medley relay team of Wulfman, Goldberg, Max Stahl and Christian Bell won in 1:45.62, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Goldberg, Travis Charlow, Jakob Struble and Jordan Spalding were winners in 1:38.73.

Results