November 5, 2013

Three Blugolds Named WIAC Athletes of the Week

EAU CLAIRE, 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.

Selected this week were women's diver Amanda Baker (So.-Hudson, Wis.), men's swimmer Alex Card (Sr.-Prior Lake, Minn.) and football player Joel Sweeney (Sr.-Tomah, Wis.).

Competing against Northern Michigan University and Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Nov. 2, Baker won the one-meter dive and took second in the three-meter.  She won the one-meter with a score of 264.65, while taking second in the three-meter with 273.15 points.  Both marks were NCAA qualifying scores.

Card led the Blugolds to a 174-120 victory over Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Nov. 2, as he won two individual events, while he was part of two winning relay teams.  He took first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.73 and won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.42.  The 400-yard medley relay team of Young, Card, Molander and Rose won with a time of 3:40.66 and the 200-yard freestyle relay team that featured Epperly, Card, Molander and Rose took first with a time of 1:30.17.

Sweeney finished the game at UW-Stout with 192 yards rushing on 33 carries and three touchdowns, the second time this season he has had three touchdowns in a game. He had a big play near the beginning of the fourth quarter, running 70 yards for a touchdown to get the Blugolds back within 11 points.  The run tied for the 15th-longest in school history and was the longest run of Sweeney's career (previous best was 65 yards against UW-River Falls on Nov. 10, 2012).  He moved into third place on the Blugolds' all-time career rushing yards list with 3,726 yards.

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