Swim team competes at College Showcase

Neal Hogden, Managing Editor

The UW Oshkosh swim and dive team participated in the Wisconsin College Showcase last weekend in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
The meet was a non-scoring meet so no team scores were recorded during the event.

UWO sophomore Matt Wilke led the Titans as he recorded second-place finishes in both the one- and three-meter dives.
Wilke said his key to placing well every week lies in his practice habits.

“My major goal is just to stay out of my head as much as I can,” Wilke said. “I know for me, that was probably my biggest weakness last season. Diving is all a mental game, like a lot of sports are, that’s something in every practice and every meet I’m constantly trying to improve on.”

Sophomore Jarrett Lieder continued his strong 2018 campaign with a 14th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

Top-10 finishers for the women were senior Sydney Challoner in three events and sophomore Jennifer Lutz.

Challoner finished in seventh place in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley and ninth place in the 100-yard breaststroke to pace the Titans.
Challoner said competing against Division I athletes and taking top 10s in those events are what she strives for.

“My goal is to be top 10 in every event,” Challoner said. “Especially competing against D-I athletes, it’s good to see where I’m at competing against them.”
Challoner said hard work in practice and pushing herself is key to putting her best swims together for meets.

“[It takes] hard work in practice every day,” Challoner said. “You have to make sure you push yourself, even if someone next to you isn’t going the speed you want to go.”
Lutz swam to a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:25.80.

Head coach Christopher Culp said he was proud of how his team performed at the Wisconsin College Showcase.

“This was probably the best Wisconsin [College] Showcase meet that we’ve had since I’ve been the coach,” Culp said. “We supported one another really well; we were engaged the whole meet. … I thought we raced really well, and typically at this time of the season you never know what you’re going to get. But we raced well and the whole bus ride home, I was in a good mood.”

The Titans’ next event will be a dual-meet with Carroll University on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Albee Hall pool.