Three Titans garner WIAC honors

Three Titan athletes received Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors this week.

Senior football player Taylor Ripplinger, junior swimmer Sydney Challoner and sophomore swimmer Jarrett Lieder all earned the awards for their performances from Oct. 8-14.

Ripplinger, a safety for the UWO football team, received the award for his five-tackle performance against UW-Platteville. Ripplinger also recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown in the 31-10 win.

His career stats include three interceptions and 93 total tackles over his four-year career.

Challoner used two individual wins and a fourth-place relay finish at the dual-meet in Eau Claire to earn her WIAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week award.

Challoner took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. She also participated in the 200-yard medley relay that came in fourth place.

The senior’s time of 1:12.19 in the 100-yard butterfly was only 12 hundredths of a second slower than her fastest time in the event last season.

Challoner said she would like to break a school record before she graduates.

“Individually, my goal is to break the 200 IM school team record and to place top eight in all of my events at conference,” Challoner said. “As a team I believe that the women’s team has a great chance to be competitive with Stevens Point just like last year and would love to beat them again this year.”

Lieder also won two races against UW-Eau Claire, earning him the WIAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week award.

Lieder won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle. He also swam with the 200-yard freestyle relay team to help them earn third place.

Lieder said he aims to place first at the conference meet later in the year and would like to break records as a team.

“Personally, I’d like to win my events at conference,” Lieder said. “As a men’s team we have some more records in mind that we would like to break.”