UIC Picks Up Backstroker Luke Wiesner for Fall 2021

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Luke Wiesner of the West Chicago Sharks is staying close to home with a commitment to the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames. He’s a senior at West Chicago Community High School.



  • 50 back – 23.45
  • 100 back – 50.02
  • 200 back – 1:51.14
  • 50 free – 22.21

A pure backstroker, Wiesner dropped his lifetime bests (above) in March of 2021, the 100 at the Illinois high school conference championships (there was no State meet due to COVID-19) and the 200 at the Illinois Senior Champs. Wiesner competed at the 2020 IHSA State meet, placing 22nd overall in the 100 back prelims.

Wiesner has really taken down his lifetime bests since the pandemic hit. As of March 2020, he was 51.77 in the 100 and 2:02.59 in the 200, so he’s whittled down his 100 by almost two seconds and his 200 by over ten seconds.

The now-graduated Danny Sivak led the UIC Flames in backstrokes last season, going 48.31 in the 100 and 1:46.12 in the 200 at the 2020 Horizon League Championships. Wiesner would’ve been #2 on the roster in the 100 and #4 in the 200 back. At Horizons, he would’ve made B-finals in both backstroke events.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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