UW-Oshkosh strives for its top performances of the season at the WIAC Swimming & Diving Championships from Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 20-22) in Brown Deer.
UW-Eau Claire is serving as the host institution for the 52nd version of the men’s championship and 43rd annual women’s event.
Last year, UW-Stevens Point captured its 14th straight men’s title. The Pointers totaled 779 points to surpass UW-La Crosse’s second-place score of 769. UW-Whitewater placed third with 711 points, UW-Eau Claire fourth with 606, UW-River Falls fifth with 229 and UW-Oshkosh sixth with 151.
Dalton Anderson expects to contend for a few individual titles. He ranks second in the WIAC with times of 50.35 in the 100-yard butterfly and 1:57.80 in the 200-yard individual medley.
Anderson won the 100-yard butterfly at last season’s WIAC Championship and the 200-yard butterfly during 2011.
On the women’s side, UW-La Crosse is attempting to take its third straight league crown. The Eagles earned first last year with 910.5 points, while UW-Stevens Point listed second with 695. UW-Whitewater took third with 652 points, UW-Eau Claire fourth with 641.50, UW-Oshkosh fifth with 199 and UW-River Falls sixth with 149.
The Titans will be led by Katie Challoner, who ranks second in the conference with her 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:06.25.
Britney Hilgendorf aims for high finishes in three events. She ranks seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle at 18:34.39. Hilgendorf stands 14th in both the 400-yard individual medley (4:56.05) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.77).
By Jon Feyen