Klumb earns meet honors

This past weekend’s men’s and women’s swimming squads had plenty of ups and downs.

The NIU men’s team successfully defended the Illinois Benedictine College Invitational Crown on Friday before losing to Wisconsin-Madison 65-47 on Saturday. The women’s team lost to Iowa State on Friday to complete its regular season.

In the men’s IBC championship, NIU racked up 139 points, well ahead of runner-up College of DuPage at 69 with the remainder of the field including: Triton, 40; Harper, 38, and host IBC, 37.

Todd Klumb earned “Swimmer of the Meet” honors for having taken three individual first places in addition to swimming on both of NIU’s winning relay units. Bryan Hanania was also singled out receiving the “Most Dominant” title having captured both the one and three-meter diving blue ribbons.

“We were, unfortunately, just average today,” Coach Dave Clark admitted after the loss to Wisconsin. “We had a lot of close swims, unfortunately, we didn’t win them often enough.”

Women’s Coach Mike Burt is one to see the silver lining even after the Huskies lost a 134-103 dual-meet to ISU. So where’s the silver lining?

Well, as Burt noted, take away the Cyclones’ 32 points in diving and its a one-point win. Not only was Iowa State’s one-two-three finish uncontested, NIU’s lack of divers even erased the possibility of scoring any points in those two events.

To go along with the Huskies’ ability to score points in the swimming events, the NIU record book underwent two revisions. Stacey Hartzer erased the 1,000-yard freestyle mark of 10:33.72 she set earlier this season with a faster 10:27.44 clocking that earned one of her two, and one of NIU’s six individual event blue ribbons. Hartzer also won the 500-yard style.

Jenny Wendell claimed NIU’s other record with a 200-yard freestyle triumph of 1:53.78. Wendell also won the 100-yard butterfly while Kimberly Bell ruled the 200-yard individual medley and Kristin Scholz touched first in the 100-yard backstroke.