2011-12 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 15 (Dec. 5-11)

December 12, 2011
Men's Basketball - Jordan Petersen, Guard, 6-2, 185, Junior, Strum, Wis./Eleva-Strum
Petersen led the Blugolds in scoring in one out of two games as the Blugolds split wins against conference opponents. In Wednesday’s 73-63 victory over UW-Platteville, Petersen led the Blugolds with six assists while he pulled down six rebounds and scored 11 points, going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Saturday against UW-Whitewater, the Blugolds came up just short 68-59, but Petersen led the team with 20 points. He also had four steals, four rebounds and two assists.

December 12, 2011
Men's Diving - Nick Badilla, Junior, Appleton, Wis./North
Badilla won both the one and three-meter dives this weekend as the Blugolds beat UW-La Crosse 123-117. He won the three-meter with a score of 324.95 while winning the one-meter with a score of 275. Both marks were national cuts.

December 12, 2011
Men's Swimming - Alex Card, Sophomore, Prior Lake, Minn.
Card helped the Blugolds to a 123-117 victory over UW-La Crosse on Saturday with two individual wins while he was also part of a winning relay team. Card took the top spot in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:00.60 and followed with a top finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 48.13. He also led off the winning 800-yard freestyle team and had one of the top times in the conference this season in his 200-yard portion of the race. The Blugolds won the relay with a time of 7:17.45, almost nine seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

December 12, 2011
Men's Swimming - Alex Strom, Sophomore, Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata
Strom played a key role in helping the Blugolds to a 123-117 victory over UW-La Crosse on Saturday. He was fifth in the 200-yard IM, but then had to swim the 500-yard freestyle and come back one event later to swim the 200-yard breaststroke. The team needed Strom to get at least fourth in the 500 free to help the cause, and he took third and followed with a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke. His strong swims helped set the Blugolds up for the win as the Blugolds’ 800-yard freestyle relay team won the final event of the day to edge the Eagles.

December 12, 2011
Women's Basketball - Callie Halama, Forward, 5-11, Senior, Independence, Wis.
Halama played a key role in helping the Blugolds stay undefeated in WIAC play as they beat UW-Platteville 71-62 Wednesday and followed that with a 75-70 over 21st-ranked UW-Whitewater on Saturday. In Saturday’s game, she recorded a double-double with a career-high 23 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. She was 9-for-12 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Against Platteville, she scored 19 points, the second highest total for the Blugolds as she went 7-for-7 from the free throw line and 6-for-8 from the field. She also pulled down six rebounds. For the week, Halama also finished with three assists and one steal.

December 12, 2011
Women's Hockey - Allison Malecek, Forward, 5-4, Junior, Maple Plain, Minn./Delano
Malecek, who is a team captain this year, helped lead the Blugolds to a 3-3 overtime tie with UW-Stevens Point Saturday while the Blugolds fell just short 1-0 Friday. Malecek worked extremely hard both games and had four shots on the weekend. Even though she did not score a goal, she helped set the tone for the team’s play.

December 12, 2011
Wrestling - Mat Rieckhoff, Sophomore, Wausau, Wis./D.C. Everest
Rieckhoff went 2-0 this week at 184 pounds as the Blugolds competed twice in Minnesota. At St. Olaf on Thursday, he picked up the Blugolds’ lone victory as he defeated his opponent 4-2. Saturday at Itasca Community College, he won by major decision, 11-1. Rieckhoff has won four straight matches and improves to 9-4 on the season.

December 12, 2011
Women's Swimming - Nicole Dorvinen, Senior, Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port
Dorvinen raced to first in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle races as well as the 200-yard butterfly this weekend against UW-La Crosse. Dorvinen recorded a time of 2:10.63, a pool record, in the 200 fly and of 5:16.36 in the 500-freestyle. She won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:44.58 with a 27 second margin of victory.