Lieder of the pack

Greg Sense, Sports Editor

Despite both men’s and women’s swim and dive teams finishing fifth in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the event featured some great UW Oshkosh performances.

On the women’s team, sophomore Hannah Cunningham set the UWO record for 100-yard butterfly, recording a time of 58.49 seconds, finishing second place in the event.

Finishing second in the WIAC championship and setting a new school record was the perfect culmination to the season for Cunningham.

“Placing 2nd in the 100 fly was a very proud moment for me.” Cunningham said. “I was proud of all the hard work my team and I put in this season and thankful my parents were there to see it as well. It was a very fun race to be head to head with talented swimmers.”

In addition to Cunningham’s record setting performance, freshman Mariah Marowsky set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a preliminary time of 1:55.18.

Senior Sydney Challoner also had a standout performance at the WIAC championship, finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:10.96 and third in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.

Cunningham and Challoner’s second and third place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly was one of the highlights as both Titan’s ended up on the podium.

“This was the first time I can recall our team having two top three finishers in the same race.” Challoner said. “Which really shows how great our program is getting. The 100 fly is a hard race where everyones near the same time and you just got to get your hand on the wall first and Hannah and I were able to do that together this year which was awesome.”

Junior Jarrett Lieder had a dominant performance for the men’s team, winning both the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:15.46, and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:34.49, setting a new school record.

Lieder said he even surpassed his own expectations for the 500-yard freestyle.

“The 500 was my best race of the meet and after narrowly taking second last year, it felt good to come out on top,” Lieder said. “When I first touched the wall and looked at my time, I was shocked because it was a time that I never thought I would be able to accomplish. It just goes to show we are more capable than we tend to think we are.”

UW-La Crosse finished first in the women’s division of the WIAC championship, and UW-Stevens Point finished first in the men’s division.