Three Blugolds Earn WIAC Athlete of the Week Honors
MADISON, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – Three UW-Eau Claire student-athletes have been named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Athletes of the Week, WIAC Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations Matt Stanek announced today.
Badilla won both the one and three-meter dives as the Blugolds competed against UW-River Falls and UW-Oshkosh at home on Nov. 17. 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.
Baker picked up four wins during the weekend as the Blugolds competed at home twice. On Nov. 16 against Minnesota State University-Moorhead, she won the three-meter dive with a score of 252.45 and the one-meter with a mark of 240.25. On Nov. 17, 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 were the highest of the season.
Olszewski helped the Blugolds remain unbeaten on the season (7-0-1) as he scored three of the Blugolds' eight goals against No. 3-ranked St. Norbert College (Wis.). In a 5-3 win for UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 16, 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. In a 3-3 overtime tie on Nov. 17, 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 during the 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 UW-Eau Claire.