Titans fall short to Warhawks


Lydia Sanchez

The UWO swim and dive team combined for four first-place finishes despite the 164-68 loss to the Warhawks.

Colan Treml, Sports Writer

The UW Oshkosh men and women’s swim and dive team lost a well-fought meet to UW-Whitewater 164-68 on Friday in Albee Hall.

The Titans combined for four first-place victories as well as a collection of second-place finishes, topping off a successful night for the swim and dive team.

UWO secured first place in the 400-yard medley relay as freshman Hannah Cunningham, freshman Alex Schuster, sophomore Jennifer Lutz and junior Sydney Challoner powered their way to a 4:15.62 finishing time. Challoner also took first place in the 400-yard individual medley posting a 5:00.80 time.

UWO sophomore Matt Wilke took first place in both the men’s one- and three- meter dives, posting scores of 288.83 and 304.72, respectively.

Throughout the night, six Titans secured second-place finishes including one in the men’s 100-yard freestyle by junior Michael Gerondale and another in the women’s 200-yard fly by Lutz.

The other second-place finishes were captured by sophomore Jarrett Lieder in the men’s 500-yard free, Challoner in the women’s 500-yard free, Schuster in the women’s 50-yard free and Cunningham in the women’s 100-yard free.

Despite losing the overall meet on Friday, the Titans had some impressive feats and put together several incredible races and dives.

Schuster and her 400-yard medley relay team started the meet by putting together a great first-place victory.

“There’s always the hope that you start the meet off on the right foot and the [400-yard medley relay] helped set a positive tone for the team and rest of the meet,” Schuster said. “We feed off of each other’s energy, and the mood for that race was to hit the water and dominate.”

Along with this, Challoner said she raced in an event she hadn’t swum in over three years and still managed to pull out the victory.

When asked how she felt heading into the race, Challoner said she was calm and collected.

“I came into the meet on Friday with an open mind,” Challoner said. “I knew that I was swimming events I haven’t swam since high school and really had no expectations for myself. This took a lot of pressure off of my races and allowed me to do well in the 400 individual medley.”

Head swim and dive coach Christopher Culp said he was happy with how the Titans competed during the meet.

“I was pleased,” Culp said. “Traditionally, Whitewater is typically large in numbers, and I think we didn’t let that distract us from racing. Whitewater may be twice our size but we can certainly still be competitive.”

The UWO swim and dive team takes action again on Saturday as they take on several teams at the Lawrence University Gene Davis Invitational.