Two Badgers finish in top 10 at USA Swimming Nationals

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Two Badgers claimed top finishes in their respective races this past week at the 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

On Tuesday, junior Michael Weiss raced to a sixth-place finish in the men's 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:21.50. Weiss qualified for the finals with a time of 4:21.35 in the preliminaries. He also finished 16th in the 400 free.

After clocking-in with a third-place time of 1:08.57 in the women's 100 breast prelims, senior Ashley Wanland qualified for the finals on Thursday evening. Clocking in at 1:08.33, she claimed a fourth-place finish in the finals.

Senior Beckie Thompson claimed a 20th-place finish in the 50 free C finals touching in at 25.79 seconds.

The team of Thompson, Ruby Martin, Danielle Beckwith and Amie Osten swam to a 20th-place finish in the women's 400 free relay with a time of 3:50.45. Individually, Martin raced in the 50 free, while her partners Beckwith competed in the 400 free and Osten swam in the 100 back.

On the men's side of the 400 free relay, the group of Wes Lagerhausen, Marcus Guttman, Garrett Mulchrone, and incoming freshman Andrew Teduits finished 31st overall. Individually, Teduits and Mulchrone both competed in the 100 back and 100 fly, while Lagerhausen swam in the 50 free, and Guttman competed in the 200 fly.

Other Badgers competing in the championships include current junior Paulina Gralow (women's 100 breast) and former Badger Jesse Stipek (men's 100 back).

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That's great for the Badgers, next stop will be the Olympics. Well done Michael and Beckie.

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