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October 22, 2010

2010-11 Season - Johannsen continues to build program

Molly Clennon is one of the top returning swimmers for the Vikings. She had the best time on the squad in three freestyle events last season. Clennon also turned in the top showing in the 100 breaststroke and is fourth on the all-time list in that event.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Head coach Scott Johannsen enters his third season at the helm and is excited about the many talented swimmers that are in the pool.  “We have a lot of quality swimmers in the program this season,” he said.  “We are still young, but we have true swimmers out here that are capable of competing at a high level.”  Johannsen’s men’s team turned in a 3-2 mark in dual meets last season and also placed fifth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship meet.  The women were 4-1 in dual meets and took fourth at the CCIW championship meet.

The Viking men finished second or third in all five invitational meets a year ago, while the women won the Augustana Invitational and Principia Invitational.  Seventeen letter winners return in the program and “they will all contribute to our depth this season,” said Johannsen.

Sophomores Chris Greaves (Morris HS, Morris, Ill.) and Marcus Julian (Lake Park HS, Itasca, Ill.) are the leading returners on the men’s squad.  Both scored on four relay teams at the conference meet last season.  Julian was also a top 10 finisher at the CCIW championship meet in the 100 backstroke and 200 breaststroke with Greaves notching a top 10 showing in the 200 butterfly.  Both of them were also on the record setting 200 medley relay that now holds the best mark in school history with a time of 1:38.64.  “They both know what it takes to be up there on the medal stand at conference,” said Johannsen.  “Hopefully, they can share that with the newcomers,” he added.

Greaves finished his freshman campaign with the fastest time on the team in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle races.  He also had the best time in the 200 butterfly.  Greaves is now fifth on the all-time list in the 200 freestyle, seventh in the 500 freestyle, and ninth in the 200 butterfly.  Julian compiled the top time on the squad in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in addition to the 200 individual medley.  He is fifth on the all-time list in the 100 breaststroke, sixth in the 200 breaststroke, and 10th in the 200 individual medley.

Juniors Robert Flynn (Bartlett HS, Bartlett, Ill.) and Denny Wind (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) will be the captains for the men’s team this season.  Flynn was third in the three meter diving event and fourth in the one meter diving event at the CCIW meet last season.  Wind was a member of the top 800 freestyle relay squad a year ago.  “Robert is a real take charge guy and Denny is a terrific teammate,” said Johannsen.

On the women’s side, sophomores Molly Clennon (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) and Emma Regnier (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) are both coming back from a strong year in the pool last season.  Clennon finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke and swam on three top-five relay teams at the conference meet.  Regnier took 10th in the 100 butterfly and was also a part of two top-five relay squads at the CCIW meet.  “I look for both of them to be a part of record setting performances this year,” said Johannsen.

Clennon finished up the season with Augustana’s top time in the 100, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events.  She also held the top time in the 100 breaststroke and is now fourth on the all-time list in that event.  Regnier had the best time in the 100 and 200 butterfly events and is now seventh on the all-time list in the 100 race.  She also compiled the fastest time on the squad in the 200 breaststroke.

Senior Tanya Walter (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) also returns after winning both the one meter and three meter diving events at the CCIW meet last season.  She will serve as a team captain this year alongside junior Alissa Giedd (Freeport HS, Cedarville, Ill.).  Giedd was a member of the fastest 200 freestyle relay team last year.  “Tanya and Alissa will both be good leaders for our team this season,” said Johannsen.

Another strong freshmen class will also help the Vikings continue to climb the ladder in the CCIW.  “We have a terrific group coming in this year,” said Johannsen.  There are several newcomers that will play a role in our success this season,” he said.  Johannsen highlighted Justin Reppy (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) and Hillary Ferguson (Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) as the top individuals.  In all, there are five freshmen on the men’s side and seven in the women’s program.

Johannsen’s theme for the season is to “re-write the record books.”  “This group is capable of breaking around 10 records with the men and three or four with the women.  We have a new record board this year, and I am excited to watch our current student-athletes put their names on this list,” he said.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand