2011-12 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 21 (Jan. 23-29)

January 30, 2012
Men's Indoor Field - Joe Lilek, Senior, Tomahawk, Wis.
Lilek won the shot put this weekend at UW-Stout’s Warren Bowlus Open. He finished with a mark of 53-0.75, tied for the eighth best toss in the nation this season.

January 30, 2012
Men's Indoor Track - Thurgood Dennis, Freshman, Allouez, Wis./Green Bay Notre Dame
Dennis won the 60-meter dash this weekend at UW-Stout’s Warren Bowlus Open. His time of 6.93 seconds is the fifth fastest time in Division III this season.

January 30, 2012
Men's Diving - Nick Badilla, Junior, Appleton, Wis./North
Badilla had a good day on the boards Saturday against UW-Whitewater. He won both the one and three-meter dives, finishing the three-meter with a score of 304.65 while winning the one-meter dive with a mark of 286.95.

January 30, 2012
Men's Swimming - Jake McDade, Freshman, Monona, Wis./Monona Grove
McDade won two events Saturday as the Blugolds competed against UW-Whitewater. After more than 10 minutes swimming in the 1,000-yard freestyle, McDade grabbed a narrow victory with a time of 10:03.07 while the second place finisher from Whitewater finished with a mark of 10:03.80. McDade also won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.18.

January 30, 2012
Women's Basketball - Ellen Plendl, Center, 6-5, Senior, Chippewa Falls, Wis./McDonell
Plendl set a new school record for most blocks in a career this week as the Blugolds won one out of two games. Wednesday in a 61-56 win over UW-Superior, Plendl had a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. She also had four blocks to tie a school record for most blocks in a career. Saturday, Plendl had another double-double but the Blugolds came away with a loss at UW-Whitewater. She reached game-highs in both scoring and rebounding, with 19 points and 12 boards. Plendl also had six blocks, breaking a school record for most blocks in a career with 219. The previous record was 213, set in 1995 by Arlene Meinholz. With 74 blocks for Plendl so far this season, she needs just eight more to break her own school record of 81, which she set last season.

January 30, 2012
Women's Hockey - Casey McMullen, Forward, 5-6, Junior, Minneapolis, Minn./South
McMullen was an offensive leader for the Blugolds this weekend as they defeated and tied Concordia-Wisconsin. Friday night she scored one of the two goals in the Blugolds’ 2-0 shutout. On Saturday afternoon, she scored two goals as the Blugolds and Falcons tied 2-2. Her first goal was unassisted at 7:38 in the second period and the second was a power-play goal, her third of the year. McMullen leads the Blugolds in points and goals this year.

January 30, 2012
Women's Indoor Field - Brittany Frederick, Senior, Green Bay, Wis./Preble
Frederick won the weight throw with a distance of 54-4.75 this weekend at UW-Stout’s Warren Bowlus Open. Her toss is the 10th best distance in the nation so far this year.

January 30, 2012
Women's Indoor Track - Jami Riley, Sophomore, Fairmont, Minn.
Riley took the top spot in the 1,000-meter run this weekend at UW-Stout’s Warren Bowlus Open. She finished with a time of 3:09.57, leading the rest of the field by almost five seconds.

January 30, 2012
Women's Swimming - Nicole Dorvinen, Senior, Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port
Dorvinen helped the Blugolds to a 147-96 victory over UW-Whitewater by winning two events with pool-record times. She came in first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a pool-record time of 10:33.69, almost 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field and more than 10 seconds faster than the previous school record, while also winning the 500-yard freestyle with a pool-record time of 5:10.34. The previous pool record in the 500-yard event was 5:11.28, set by Laura Ladwig in 1982. The previous pool record in the 1,000-yard freestyle was 10:43.98, set by Laura Ladwig in 1981.