Grete Baker Leads Omaha Past WIU for First Dual Win

by SwimSwam 0

November 03rd, 2018 College

Omaha at Western Illinois

  • Omaha def. WIU 210.5-101.5
  • Results
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Nov. 2, 2018

Courtesy: Omaha Athletics

MACOMB, Ill. – The Omaha swimming and diving team tallied its first dual meet win of the season at Western Illinois.

Omaha surged past the Fighting Leathernecks by a score of 210.5-101.5.

“After an early morning practice and a six-hour bus ride, I thought our team performed very well tonight,” said head coach Todd Samland. “With this being our third meet, we wanted to put swimmers in some different events and I was happy with the outcomes. Western Illinois has some very talented athletes which made for some exciting races.”

Grete Baker led the way for the Mavericks with wins in 1,000-yard freestyle (10:56.06) and in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.76). In the 200-yard freestyle, Kylie Vermeire (1:58.83) and Lauryn Schieffer (2:00.68) finished first and second, while Kirsten Kracke tallied a top finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.37.

The duo of Lizzy Giese and Bethany Gatlin finished first and second in the 200-yard butterfly with times of 2:13.15 and 2:15.00. In the 50-yard freestyle, Rachel Morrow won the event with a time of 24.80, followed by Madison Ewald in second with a time of 25.32.

Vermiere tallied another event victory in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:13.93, while Morrow earned her second win of the meet in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:14.39.

Jacquelyn Gaworski, Annika Clinton and Emma Weis garnered the top three spots in the 3-meter dive with scores of 217.73, 215.63 and 201.60, respectively.

Omaha capped off the event with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay as the team of Morrow, Abraham, Vermiere and Kracke finished with a time of 3:39.05.

The Mavericks continue the road slate Saturday, Nov. 3, at Illinois State with a 2:30 p.m. start time.

Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics

MACOMB, Ill. – Erica Hagen earned a pair of individual wins in Friday’s (Nov. 2) dual meet against Omaha from Brophy Hall. Western Illinois lost to the Mavericks 210.5-101.5.

“Omaha was a very tough team to compete against,” said head coach Greg Naumann. “They’ve always been very strong within The Summit League, and they proved it tonight. This was a different meet for us given that we didn’t have the men’s events to give us a bit more rest. We were out the gate strong leading by a small margin after the 50 free. UNO is more accustomed to this format, so they were able to finish the meet out stronger than us. We had some great swims and close races that we were able to pull out to win. We had some individuals swimming races that we wanted to get some times on going into our midseason resting meet at IUPUI in two weeks. This created a couple of lineup issues that we needed to do as we look at the bigger picture.”

Hagen capitalized in the meet’s third event, winning the 100-IM with a 1:00.40 time. She later earned a victory in the 100-fly with a touch of 59.42.

Laramie Reed earned first place in the 100-breast (1:08.98) and Casey Roberts narrowly took first in the 100-free by .05 with a sprint of 54.61. The Leathernecks’ 400-medley relay squadron of Madison Chao, Hagen, Miranda Mathus and Marissa Purdum won by .02 with a time of 4:04.04.

Alexis Dreyer notched a pair of second-place touches. The Arnold, Mo., native placed second in the 1000-free (11:07.91) and second in the 200-back (2:14.71). Mathus also collected second in the 100-back (1:01.02).

Western Illinois next competes at the House of Champions from Nov. 16-18 in Indianapolis.

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