Both swimming teams fall short to Clark’s Panthers

By Brian Wiencek

As a Huskie, former NIU swimming coach Dave Clark never lost to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Now, in his first year as a Panther, Clark is undefeated against the Huskies.

Clark’s Panthers won on both sides of the coed meet Saturday in Milwaukee. The UW-M men recorded a 128-113 triumph, while the women finished with a 134-103 victory.

Atypical of NIU’s entire season, both the Huskies’ men’s (5-5) and women’s (4-8) squads placed first in six of the eleven events, but fell short on the final score.

The NIU men’s relay team of Craig Hammett, Mark Oostman, Todd Klumb and Scott Adams started things off by winning their fourth 400-yard medley race in a row.

Bryan Hanania placed first in both the one- and three-meter diving events. Art Sanchez took first place in the 50- and the 100-yard freestyles, while Mark Oostman won first in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley.

“Mark (Oostman) and Art (Sanchez) were outstanding as usual,” Coach Jeanne Fleck said.

The women did just as well as Pam Jackson took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.40 and the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.12, just .14 seconds off the school record.

“Jeanne (Kuipers) had a good showing in the 1,000, while Pam (Jackson) just gets better and better,” said Fleck.

Kristin Scholz won the 200-yard freestyle and backstroke, while the diving team swept both events as Jen Horoky won the one-meter dive, and Jen Anderson won the three-meter dive.

The Huskies will prepare for the Mid-Con and NSC conference meets Feb. 26-29 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Aquatics Center.