Former De Pere H.S. women’s swim coach Tara Dowling has joined the Green Bay swimming and diving staff as a lead assistant, first-year head coach Reed Robelot announced this week. Dowling joins the Phoenix after graduating from Northern Michigan University in May with a degree in Health and Fitness Management. She was a three-time captain of the NMU swim and dive team.
UW-Green Bay has named Reed Robelot its next head swimming and diving coach, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie has announced. Robelot joins the Phoenix following a successful five-year stint as an assistant coach with ACC member Virginia Tech, where he helped the Hokies to three-consecutive top-25 finishes for both the men’s and the women’s teams. Robelot takes over from Jim Merner, who announced his retirement on May 8 to cap a successful 25-year career. For more on the coach.
A student-written piece at the website of the national publication Swimming World bids a fond farewell to the 25-year head coach of UW-Green Bay’s Division I swimming and diving program, Jim Merner. “(After) 10 conference championships, 10 runner-up finishes and 11 Coach of the Year awards, (he) will be shelving his clipboard and time sheets for good,” the piece states. It also includes an excerpt from his inspirational “one last letter” emailed to team members after he told them in person that he was retiring. Read more.
After building a pair of strong and successful programs for the Green Bay Phoenix, Jim Merner is retiring following a 25-year mainstay as head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs effective June 30. Merner began his tenure, the second longest of any active head coach at Green Bay, back in 1990, when he was hired as the women’s swimming and diving head coach. Merner reinstated the men’s program in 1992. UW-Green Bay won seven consecutive women’s titles from 2005 to 2011, while also winning titles in 1998 and 2000 and adding a men’s title in 2002. Merner had kind words for past and present ADs including Dan Spielman and Mary Ellen Gillespie. Read more.
Five UW-Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams. The teams, which represent success in competition as well as in the classroom, were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors. Earning academic all-league honors for the Phoenix were women’s basketball’s Megan Lukan, Communication and Business Administration; and swimming and diving’s Claire Friederick, Human Biology; Tanner Nordlund, Business Administration; James Wise (undeclared) and Ryan Korslin, Human Development.
The Phoenix men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed the 2015 Horizon League Championship meet on Saturday, with the women’s squad finishing third while the men placed fourth overall. Read more.
The Green Bay men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to compete at the 2015 Horizon League Championships this week in Milwaukee. The four-day conference meet begins Wednesday, Feb. 25 and concludes Saturday. The Phoenix women posted a 4-5 record in dual meets this season, but had very impressive showings in both multi-team events in which they competed. The men’s squad posted a 3-5 dual-meet record, including a win over in-state rival Milwaukee, a feat not accomplished since the 2008-09 season. Read more.
The Green Bay swimming and diving teams had strong days Saturday at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium. The men’s and women’s Phoenix squads were both victorious in the dual against Cleveland State. The women convincingly beat Cleveland State by a 73-point margin (181-108), and the men won the dual by a total of three points (151-148) after the 32 events were completed. Read more.
The Green Bay swimming and diving teams concluded their participation at the 2014 Horizon League Championships on Saturday, with the women’s squad finishing third and the men’s team placing fifth after four days of fierce competition at Cleveland State. Conference newcomer Oakland won both the men’s and women’s team titles. A highlight of the meet’s final day was an individual championship and school-record performance by junior breaststroker Ryan Korslin. Korslin finished his impressive stretch in Cleveland with two individual titles (100 breast, 200 breast), a relay win (200 medley relay) and four school records to his credit. See a full roundup.
The Green Bay women moved into third place on Thursday, and the men’s squad saw two more school records fall on the second day of the 2014 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships at the Busbey Natatorium. Sophomore Willem Poelmans of Hasselt, Belgium corralled a third-place finish on the men’s side, racing to a new school record in the 200 IM in 1:48.08. The 400 medley relay team of Poelmans, Evan Hill, Ryan Korslin and Rober Miner also set a school record in taking fourth 3:17.26. Read more.