Petersen led the Blugolds in scoring twice this weekend as they split wins at the season-opening UW-Platteville Gabe Miller Tip-Off Classic. Friday in a 76-40 victory over Emmaus Bible College (Iowa), Petersen tied for a game-high 13 points while also leading Eau Claire with four steals. Saturday he finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, both of which were game-highs, but the Blugolds came up just short to Goshen College (Ind.) 79-73. For the week, he went 13-for-22 from the field (59.1 percent), including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc, and also went 7-for-10 (70 percent) from the free throw line. Petersen also pulled down 12 rebounds and finished with five assists and five steals.
Olszewski helped the Blugolds remain undefeated on the season (7-0-1) as he scored three of the Blugolds’ eight goals against third-ranked St. Norbert College this weekend. Friday in a 5-3 win for Eau Claire, Olszewski got the Blugolds on the board in the second period at 1:41 to bring the Blugolds within one goal. The Blugolds then scored two more to take a 3-2 lead and never trailed the rest of the night. Saturday, in a 3-3 overtime tie against the Green Knights, Olszewski again scored the Blugolds’ first goal of the night at 9:51 in the first period to tie the score and then scored again at 6:59 in the second to tie the game at 2-2. Picking up three points this weekend, the Blugolds are now in first place in the NCHA with a 5-0-1 record. This is the first time since 1982 the Blugolds haven’t lost a game through their first eight to start the year, and it was the first time since 1995 St. Norbert didn't win at least one game of a weekend series against Eau Claire.
Badilla won both the one and three-meter dives as the Blugolds competed against UW-River Falls and UW-Oshkosh at home Saturday. He won the one-meter event with 291.55 points, a national qualifying mark, and took first in the three-meter with a score of 313.45. As a team, the Blugolds defeated both the Titans and Falcons.
Card was part of four wins, two individual and two relays, Saturday as the Blugolds took first place facing UW-River Falls and UW-Oshkosh. He won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.18 seconds and also took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.00. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, he was part of the Blugolds’ team that won with a time of 1:29.69 and swam in the 200-yard medley relay, which Eau Claire won with a time of 1:39.94. As a team, the Blugolds defeated both the Titans and Falcons.
In two games this weekend, Lewis averaged 18 points per game as she led the Blugolds in scoring both nights of the UW-Eau Claire Tip-Off Classic. Friday in the Blugolds’ season-opener against Northland College, a team the Blugolds beat 69-41, Lewis had a game and career-high 18 points as she went 8-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Saturday she scored a team-best 18 points but the Blugolds fell to Simpson College (Iowa) 70-52. Lewis was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line against the Storm and also tied for a team-high six rebounds Saturday. For the week, she shot 57.7 percent (15-for-26) from the field, 6-for-7 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line, pulled down nine rebounds and finished with seven assists.
Facing seventh-ranked UW-River Falls this weekend, Turner and the Blugolds tied both games, one on the road and one at home. Friday in River Falls, Turner saved 31 out of 32 shots as the Blugolds tied River Falls 1-1 in overtime. Eau Claire led most of the night but the Falcons scored the game-tying goal with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation. Saturday night in Eau Claire, Turner stopped 38 out of 40 shots as Eau Claire tied the Falcons 2-2 in overtime. The 38 saves tied for the 15th most saves in a single game in program history.
Competing at the Augsburg Open on Saturday, Poirier won the 165-pound bronze division. He recorded three straight pins to win the title. Against UM-Duluth’s Connor Pariseau in the opening round, Poirier won by fall at 2:41 and then pinned another Duluth opponent, Ryan Silbernick, in 4:31 to advance to the championship match. To win the title, Poirier pinned Ivan Alvorez in 5:20.
Baker picked up four wins this weekend as the Blugolds competed at home twice. Friday against MSU-Moorhead, Baker won the three-meter dive with a score of 252.45 and the one-meter with a mark of 240.25. Saturday facing MSU-Moorhead, UW-River Falls and UW-Oshkosh, Baker took the top spot in the three-meter with a score of 261.00 and was first in the one-meter with 252.40 points. The marks she achieved this weekend were the highest of the season.
Reilly was part of four victories this weekend as she won three individual events and one relay event. Friday against MSU-Moorhead, she won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.55 and also took first in the 400-yard individual medley with a mark of 4:54.16. She also swam third in the 400-yard medley relay and the Blugolds went on to win the event with a time of 4:08.72. Saturday against MSU-Moorhead, UW-River Falls and UW-Oshkosh, Reilly won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:22.99, almost two seconds in front of the rest of the field. She was also fifth in the 200-yard individual medley and was part of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team.