Zheng, Wulfman pace Vikings on second day of MWC Championships

Zheng, Wulfman pace Vikings on second day of MWC Championships

GRINNELL, Iowa — Lawrence University swimming stars Emmi Zheng and Liam Wulfman led the Vikings Saturday on the second day of the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell College.

Zheng posted a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke to pace all Lawrence finishers on the day. Zheng finished second in 1:07.49, less than a second behind top finisher Lauren Dalecky of Lake Forest College, who won in 1:06.53.

Danielle Millin and Paige Witter both captured third-place finishes. Millin was third in the 100 backstroke in 59.48 seconds, and Witter grabbed third in the 100 butterfly in 59.50 seconds. Elise Riggle swam to fourth in the 400 individual medley in 4:44.99.

Lawrence also got a pair of third-place finishes from its two relays. The 800 freestyle relay of Witter, Eryn Blagg, Bridget Duero and Emei Thompson took third in 8:00.47. The 200 medley relay team of Miller, Zheng, Witter and Blagg were third in 1:50.77.

Lawrence is in third place in the team standings with 379 points. Grinnell leads at 672.5.

Wulfman led the men by taking fourth in the 100 backstroke in 53.69 seconds and seventh in the 100 butterfly in 53.78 seconds.

Tom Goldberg grabbed fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 59.97 seconds, and Travis Charlow was eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.69.

The 200 medley relay team of Wulfman, Goldberg, Charlow and Christian Bell took third in 1:38.57. The 800 freestyle relay team of Charlow, Wulfman, Max Stahl and Jordan Spalding was third in 7:23.38.

Lawrence moved up to third place in the team standings with 236.5 points, and Grinnell is first with 636.