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Nationally Ranked Eagles Glide Past Titans

Melissa Harvey (Jr. • Kingsford, Mich.) and Samantha Sommers (Jr. • Suamico) each posted a victory as the UW-Oshkosh swimming and diving team lost a 197-41 decision to UW-La Crosse on Saturday (Jan. 15) in Albee Hall.

The Eagles, ranked 19th in the NCAA Division III, took first place in 11 events. Rachel Helgeson dominated the freestyle competitions, winning the 200-yard swim (2:02.60) and the 500-yard contest (5:22.76).

Harvey bested four UW-La Crosse challengers to capture the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.73. In the 100-yard butterfly, Sommers was the only Titan in the top five as she won with a mark of 1:01.48.

UW-Oshkosh’s lone second-place performance came from Emily Shandley (So. • Oak Creek) with her 25.70 in the 50-yard freestyle. Three Titans posted a finish of fourth, including Harvey with her 2:03.54 in the 200-yard freestyle. Leanne Bowen (So. • Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) compiled 181.12 points on the three-meter diving board and Hannah Forcey (Fr. • Appleton) clocked a 5:50.43 in the 500-yard freestyle.

The Titans’ next event is the UW-Stevens Point Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 21-22).