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WIU's Bladel and Owens Pace Western Swimmers

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The Western Illinois men's swimming and diving team racked up five victories as the women's squad showed improvement in a tri-meet hosted by Valparaiso against the host Crusaders and Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 18.
“Both teams swam hard,” head coach Scott Johannsen said. “We will fine-tune a few things over the next few weeks to get ready for the Summit League Championships. I am looking forward to big things."


Brennan Bladel displayed versatility by winning the 200-Back (1:56.76) and the 400-IM (4:16.48). He narrowly took second place in the 200-Free with a time of 1:45.95.


Fellow senior Connor Owens was victorious in the 100-Breast (1:01.61) and 200-Breast (2:16.08). The event got off to a great start when the 400-Medley relay team edged Eastern Illinois with a final time of 3:37.15.


Adam Peterson netted second in the 50-free (21.88) and Garret Kemp almost brought home an individual win in the 200-Fly (1:59.27) but ultimately placed in second.
On the Western Illinois women's swimming side, senior Miranda Mathus logged third in the 200-Free (2:01.48) and 100-Fly (1:01.55). Mathus claimed second in close 100-Free race touching the wall in 56.11.


Allison Spielman came in second place in the 100-Back (1:02.88) and third in the 50-Free (25.86). In the 500-Free, Alexis Dreyer finished in third place at 5:32.56.



The Leathernecks return home for Senior Night playing host to Truman State on Saturday (Jan. 25) at 1 p.m.