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Challoner Paces Titans At WIAC Championship

Katie Challoner established two school records at the WIAC Championship.
Katie Challoner established two school records at the WIAC Championship.

Katie Challoner established school records during both of her second-place finishes at the WIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship held this past weekend (Feb. 20-22) in Brown Deer.

Challoner set her school records in the breaststroke, marking times of 1:05.14 at 100 yards and 2:23.19 at 200. She was the lone Titan to finish in the top eight of an event.

Britney Hilgendorf swam to three UW-Oshkosh records. She finished 11th in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:45.84 and 12th in the 500-yard freestyle with a swim of 5:15.26. Hilgendorf also ranked ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:04.09. Her time of 10:55.74 after 1,000 yards of the 1,650-yard freestyle set another school mark.

UW-Oshkosh diver Sally Hesby notched a pair of top-10 finishes. She placed ninth with 376.20 points off the three-meter board and 10th with 355.45 points off the one.

Katie Kubisiak owned the Titans' remaining 11th-place finish. She earned her mention with a time of 1:09.18 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Kubisiak also finished 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a performance of 2:30.89.

Other UW-Oshkosh performers finishing 12th were Halle Aldrich in the one-meter diving and Casey Houts in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Aldrich compiled 328.95 points, while Houts posted a time of 18:45.44.

UW-Oshkosh's Colleen Barnstable, Vanessa Jagodinsky and Jackie Wnuk all placed twice in finishes 13 through 16.

Barnstable finished 13th with 290.10 points in the three-meter diving and 16th with 245.90 in the one-meter diving. Jagodinsky marked both finishes in the butterfly, placing 13th with a time of 2:26.00 at 200 yards and 16th with an effort of 1:06.39 at 100. Wnuk finished 15th with a time of 1:12.61 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 16th in the 200-yard butterfly with a performance of 2:31.15.

Aldrich, Houts, Marissa Graff, Sara Keller and Carissa Priebusch achieved other UW-Oshkosh finishes in the top 16.

Aldrich placed 15th with 223.20 points in the three-meter diving and Houts 14th with a with a time of 2:16.20 in the 200-yard backstroke. Graff finished 14th with a time of 19:21.44 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Keller 15th with an effort of 2:26.93 in the 200-yard butterfly and Priebusch 16th with a performance of 26.21 in the 50-yard freestyle.

UW-La Crosse's Brooke Reynolds was voted the Swimmer of the Meet, while UW-Eau Claire's Sara Axness received the Diver of the Meet award. Charlie King of UW-La Crosse was named the league's Coach of the Year.

UW-Oshkosh ranked fifth in the team standings with 253 points. UW-La Crosse compiled 893 points to claim its third straight crown and 14th overall.

UW-Eau Claire finished second in the six-team meet with 687 points, UW-Whitewater third with 665, UW-Stevens Point fourth with 632 and UW-River Falls sixth with 144.