Lengel, Smith take titles at MWC Championships

Lawrence diving action Maddy Smith
Maddy Smith won the 1-meter diving at the Midwest Conference Championships.

GRINNELL, Iowa -- Lawrence University standouts Erin Lengel and Maddy Smith both won titles Saturday at the Midwest Conference Championships at Osgood Pool.

Lengel grabbed first in the 200-yard freestyle as Lawrence placed four swimmers in the top eight in that event. Smith won her first conference title as she grabbed the top spot on 1-meter diving.

Lawrence went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle for the second consecutive year as Lengel won the title in 1:56.49. Lawrence teammate Bridget Duero finished second in 1:59.37. Lawrence's Mandy Marsh was fourth in 2:01.46, and Mae Grahs was eighth in 2:04.06.

Lengel also snatched third place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.73.

Smith took the title on the 1-meter board with a score of 382.70 as she topped Lake Forest College's Lizzie Johns, who was second with a score of 369.55.

Lawrence's 800 freestyle relay team of Duero, Marsh, Grahs and Lengel placed third in 8:10.34. The 200 medley relay team of Lengel, Elise Riggle, Marsh and Laurel Soderquist took fourth in 1:54.80. Riggle also placed fifth in the 400 individual medley in 4:53.69.

Lawrence is in third place in the team standings with 314.5 points. Lake Forest is in first with 648.

A pair of Lawrence men broke their own school records on Saturday.

Anton Hutchinson broke his mark in the 200 freestyle as he swam to second place in 1:42.62. Hutchinson was edged by Lake Forest's Graeme Witte, who won in 1:42.29.

Liam Wulfman also beat his own record in the 100 butterfly as he took fourth place in 51.49 seconds. Wulfman also placed fifth in the 100 backstroke in 52.83 seconds.

Tom Goldberg grabbed fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 59.22 seconds, and AJ Ulwelling was sixth on the 3-meter board with a score of 180.35.

Lawrence's 200 medley relay team of Hutchinson, Wulfman, Goldberg and Davis Wukovits took third in 1:36.59. The 800 freestyle relay team of Wukovits, Wulfman, Hutchinson and Charlie Phillips was fifth in 7:12.22.

Lawrence is in fifth place in the team standings with 248 points, and Grinnell College leads with 616.5.