Kyle Clements didn’t pop any champagne bottles or set off any fireworks, but when Rachel Margis committed to attend UW-Milwaukee two years ago, the Panthers swimming and diving coach was ecstatic.
Clements had closely monitored Margis’ career at Park High School, where she was one of the state’s premier prep divers. He saw someone who possessed talent along with intriguing potential.
“I saw her diving in high school several times and I couldn’t wait to get her here,” Clements said. “Once reality hit and she joined us, we knew we were set in diving. We knew we were in a good spot for our diving for four straight years.
“She hasn’t let us down.”
Margis, who won the WIAA Division 1 state diving championship as a senior at Park, enjoyed a quality freshman season for the Panthers, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 3-meter competition at the Horizon League Championships. Her score of 288.95 qualified her for NCAA zone competition.
This season, Margis has been even better, exhibiting consistency and excellence in both the 1- and 3-meter events. In 1-meter competition, she has finished first or second in six of the Panthers’ eight meets. She had a winning score of 279.82 in a dual meet with IUPUI and, in the process, qualified for NCAA zone competition.
In 3-meter competition, Margis has placed first twice and second thrice. She posted a winning score of 315.75 in a dual meet against the University of Chicago at Chicago. That was a pool record and NCAA zone-qualifying score.
Clements is delighted by the 5-foot-7 Margis’ progress and believes she will make some noise in the upcoming Horizon League Championships Feb. 26-28 at Cleveland.
“There’s a girl at Oakland University (Tricia Grant), who has been at the forefront of divers in the Horizon League,” Clements said. “But Rachel is right there behind her. Rachel looks great right now.”
Besides having a blue-chip diver, Clements said there’s been another perk to having Margis on his team and that’s having the undying support of her parents Nancy and Robert.
“Rachel’s family is great,” Clements said. “They are always at our meets and supply food during them. They are just a constant and great influence on her daughter and our program overall. Like I said, they’re great.”
Josh Cameron (Park) has made an immediate impact with Coastal Carolina.
Cameron, who transferred from Connors State College, has played in all 22 games for the Chanticleers this season, starting 15 of them. His 14.4 points a game is the second-highest average on the team.
Cameron, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, had perhaps his finest game against North Carolina-Asheville when he scored 29 points.
*Pa Patrick Souter (St. Catherine’s) did his part in helping UW-Whitewater upset UW-Stevens Points 81-76 in overtime in a key Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association game Wednesday at Whitewater.
Stevens Point (20-1, 11-1) is ranked No. 1 in the D3hoops.com Division III national poll and Whitewater (18-3, 9-3) is ranked seventh.
Souter, a senior guard, came off the bench and played seven strong minutes, scoring two points, grabbing a rebound and playing some quality defense.
Samantha Logic (Case) has become the University of Iowa’s most indispensable player. That was vividly illustrated again in the Hawkeyes’ 64-56 victory over Minnesota Jan. 29.
Logic played 40 minutes in the game, which is almost par for the course for her. In Iowa’s eight Big Ten Conference games, Logic is averaging 37 minutes.
Logic, a 5-9 junior guard, is averaging 13.8 points — third-best on the team — and has a team-high 158 assists.
* Brette Logic (Case) has provided St. Ambrose (Iowa) University with some solid off-the-bench play.
The 5-6 freshman guard is averaging 3.7 points, 3 assists and 2.1 rebounds for the Queen Bees, who are 19-5 overall and 8-0 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
* Brittany Bahr (Shoreland Lutheran/Sturtevant) has supplied Wisconsin Lutheran with some nice scoring punch off the bench. Bahr, a senior guard, is averaging 7 points in 22.2 minutes a game.
Taylor Bahr (Shoreland Lutheran/Sturtevant) is also on the Wisconsin Lutheran team and has appeared in four games. Bahr, a junior guard, is averaging 10 points for the Warriors (16-3, 14-1 NACC).
The Warriors, by the way, have won 42 of their last 43 NACC games.