Western Illinois Women Nab First Win of the Season vs. Truman State


  • Jan. 25, 2020
  • Hosted by Western Illinois
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results



  1. Western Illinois 111
  2. Truman State 103


  1. Truman State 114
  2. Western Illinois 84


MACOMB, Ill. — Western Illinois swimming and diving honored the program’s seven total seniors and five of them won events in a dual meet against Truman State on Saturday (Jan. 25) inside Brophy Hall. The Leatherneck women’s squad registered its first victory as a team this season.

“I was very happy with today’s results,” head coach Scott Johannsen said. “We got to recognize our seniors and thank them for their contributions. It was a fun day.”

Brennan Bladel took first place the 100-back (52.56) and fellow senior Connor Owens won the 100-breast (1:00.47).

Adam Peterson was victorious in the 50-free (21.22) and Tyler Cunningham grabbed the top spot in the 200-free (1:49.01). Despite those individual wins, Truman State won the men’s dual by a score of 114-84.

For the Western Illinois women, senior Miranda Mathus logged first in the 100-back (1:02.6). Her teammate Olivia Leslie finished in second place with a time of 1:02.81.

At the diving platform, Samantha Kessinger won for 1-meter diving (198.30) and Keelie Shuck had the best mark at 3-meter diving (183.90).

On Senior Day, Casey Roberts netted first place in both the 50-free (25.05) and the 100-free (56.34) en route to a 111-103 dual win over the visiting Bulldogs.

Both the Leatherneck men’s and women’s teams travel across the state to Charleston, Ill., for events on Saturday (Feb. 1). The men have a dual with the host Panthers while the women are participating in a tri-meet with both Eastern Illinois and Butler (1 p.m. start).


MACOMB, Ill.—The Truman men’s swimming team concluded their regular season with a victory over Western Illinois 114-84.

The team of Brenden Harris, Mark and Mike Franz and Lliot Gieseke finished first in the 200 medley relay again today with a time of 1:34.91. Riley Olson finished first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:26.16. In the 100 butterfly Justin King came in first with a time of 53:10 and Michael Franz came in just behind him in second place with a time of 53:42. John Breen won the 100 freestyle with a time of 48:39. Connor Neils won the 500 freestyle at 5:00.16 and in the last even of the day Michael Franz, Breen, Gieseke and Jack McKenzie finished first in the 200 freestyle relay.

The team will be back in action at the GLVC Championships in Crawfordsville, Ind. from February 12-15.


MACOMB, Ill.—The Truman women’s swimming team closed their regular season slate with an incredibly close defeat against Western Illinois 111-103.

For the second straight day, the team of Emma Brabham, Natalie Galluzo, Kaylee Sisson and Maggie Hickey finished first in the 200 medley relay with a final time of 1:51.15. Galluzo also finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.46. Maddie Wilson finished second in the event at 2:01.95. Allison Garrett won the 100 IM at 1:01.81 and Sarah Nelson finished second at 1:02.43. Brabham won the 100 butterfly at 1:00.62. Truman took the top three places in the 500 freestyle with Megan Mensinger finishing first, Brooke Beahan second and Sisson third.

The team will be back in action at the GLVC Championships in Crawfordsville, Ind. from February 12-15.

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