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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin winters are sudden and serve as a cruel reminder that each year state residents are obliged to endure at least 2-3 months of freezing cold temperatures, snow and the occasional blizzard.
Aside from the obvious perks of enjoying a week and a half of sunshine and sandy beaches, this makes the annual nine-hour flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Hawaii each December that much more bearable for the University of Wisconsin swimming and diving squad.
Prior to head coach Whitney L. Hite taking over the reins of the program in 2011, the Badgers would travel to the Aloha State for a few weeks to train and enjoy the sun. Hite continued the tradition but slightly changed the focus and objective behind the opportunity.
"I view it as a business trip," Hite explained. "We go there with the mindset of getting better, whether it's getting stronger in training, faster in speed.
"There's a lot of development going on and it's a great opportunity for team bonding as well."
Hite uses the time spent away from campus to measure each student-athlete's progress at this point in the season, while also continuing to stress the idea of growth and getting better during grueling practices and training sessions.
"A lot of people think we go out there to lay on the beach," Hite added. "As (UW Senior Administrator) Terry Gawlik saw this year we worked out hard -- really hard."
Aside from escaping Wisconsin's below zero temperatures, the Badgers were able to refocus their energy to powering up for the final stretch of the season, which continues this weekend at Christiansburg, Va., for a two-day meet against Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.
The team used their time in Hawaii to emphasize improving on last season's Big Ten championships finish and gaining momentum heading into the NCAA meet in March.
"I think that's the thing that has changed since I've been here," Hite said. "We made it clear why we made this trip and the team realizes the goal is to get better."
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Although practice has yet to begin for the University of Wisconsin swimming and diving team, there was good reason to be up at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning...and it didn't involve any type of aerobic activity.
The four Badgers (Ivy Martin, Michael Weiss, Drew teDuits & Nick Caldwell) recently named to the 2013-14 U.S. National Team, were invited to join Lindsay Veremis as guests on Wake Up Wisconsin, a daily show that appears during the mornings on WKOW.
The short trip to the west side of Madison consisted of a short stay in the main newsroom and brief tour of the WKOW studio. Below are a few tweets from the morning of the interview:
The 2012-13 season was monumental for the University of
Wisconsin swimming and diving program.
Not only did more than a dozen Badgers earn all-american
honors, but the men's squad crowned its first individual NCAA champion (Drew
teDuits) in over five decades and the women's team saw Ivy Martin set a Big Ten
record in the 50-yard freestyle en route to her Big Ten championship.
It was fitting that the Badgers capped off the 2013 academic
year with another memorable moment: a visit from Workaholics star, Anders Holm.
Holm, a 2003 graduate of UW and former member of the swim squad,
stopped by the team's facilities on Friday afternoon to visit with the coaches
and student-athletes. The Comedy Central comic
was in town to deliver the 2013 commencement address at all four ceremonies over
the weekend, but found time to reconnect with his former team and many of the
student-athletes who were in his shoes just 10 years ago.
@BadgerSwimDive chronicled the visit, while many of the
student-athletes quickly turned to Twitter to show their gratitude for Holm.
Here is an archived account of the afternoon's events, including a video of the
comedian hitting the pool for a relay race with members of the coaching staff:
In the eyes of Wisconsin swimming and diving head coach Whitney L. Hite, the
2012 women's swim team is the perfect combination of the old and the new. After
graduating five NCAA qualifying student-athletes last season, including
recently-named U.S. National A Team member and 2011-12 Big Ten champ (100
breast and 200 medley relay), Ashley Wanland, the Badgers will look to build on
the leadership of their nine seniors and improve across the board.
"We lost a lot of points last year, but I don't think it's
rebuilding, I think of it more as reloading," Hite said. "We're bringing in
some good freshman but most importantly I feel like all of our returners are
better than they were last year at this point."
Highlighted by senior co-captains Hannah Ross and Ruby
Martin, Wisconsin will attempt to make an even bigger jump than it did last
season, finishing fourth at the Big Ten championships following a seventh-place
finish in 2010-11, and a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The women's squad begins its season in East Lansing, Mich.,
on Sept. 28, as it will swim against Michigan State before traveling to Ann
Arbor the following day to compete against national-power Michigan.
"I don't think I've ever been associated with a team that's
had meets in September, so that's a very early start," Hite said. "And
certainly in traveling to take on Michigan State and Michigan, we're facing a
great test right off the bat."
Following home meets against UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay,
the Badgers will travel to Minnesota before making the trip west to take on
Stanford and California, two of the country's top programs, on separate dates.
Hite, who compiled this schedule with the hopes of preparing
his student-athletes for the Big Ten and NCAA championships in February and
March, has stocked the 2012 slate with trips to Stanford, USC and California,
"If you look at our overall schedule, it's stronger than it
was last year," Hite stated. "My main concern is making sure that everyone is
prepared when we get to the Big Ten and NCAA meets."
Following a home meet against Northwestern on Nov. 8, the
Badgers will hit the road for a dual with Big Ten foe Ohio State in Columbus,
Ohio. Hite believes this is the premiere meet of the fall semester and believes
his squad will bode well after a few days of rest. The Ohio State Invitational
will provide a good measuring stick of where the team is and where they want to
be heading into the holiday break and the new year.
With a semester of swimming under their belts, the team will
train in Hawaii for 10 days while taking on the University of Hawai'i on Jan.
5. The big test comes seven days later, when the Badgers head back to the mainland
to take on USC in Los Angeles.
"I feel that meet is really important in terms of getting us
back into our racing mode," Hite said. "And if you want to be the best, you
have to seek out the best and that's exactly what we're trying to get across to
In what will be UW's final tune-up for their last home meet
and the Big Ten Championships, the Badgers will swim against perennial-powers
Virginia and Virginia Tech on Jan. 25 and 26, respectively, before heading home
for their final home meet, the Big Ten Quad Duals, on Feb. 1-2. After finishing
its season at home in early February, the women will make the trip to
Bloomington, Ind., on Feb. 20-23 for the Big Ten Championships. Those who swim
and qualify will move on to the 2012 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
"I think overall the depth of this team is better this year
on the women's side," Hite said. "And that's how you get better. In my opinion,
if everyone is improving then the team benefits as a whole."
Badgers to WatchDiving:
After earning all-state honors all four years during her prep
career, Wyoming native Kari Campbell will be looked at to carry the torch in a
rather dominant event for the women's squad. Senior Roxanne Fitter is the veteran
of the diving group and has made huge strides as she looks to finish strong in
her final season in cardinal and white.
"We are looking for our freshman to step up this season,"
women's dive head coach Anton Slobounov said. "Kari Campbell has the right
tools and natural ability to impact our team right away. Out staff is
excited to see how she performs this year."
backstroke should be a strong event for UW this season with senior co-captains
Ross and Martin anchoring the group. Martin, a 2011 First Team All-American and
First Team All-Big Ten honoree, will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships
for the second-straight year. NCAA
finalist Hannah Ross will also be a vital piece to the puzzle for the Badgers.
The Martin sisters highlight the spring freestyle squad. Sophomore Ivy Martin
is one of the more promising second-year returners to look for in 2012. Rebecka
Palm has emerged as a premier sprint freestyle swimmer, while freshman Annie
Tamblyn will add some depth for UW in the event.
Senior Laura Miller will lead the group after competing in the 200 IM at the
2012 NCAA Championships. Monica Stitski will also be a premiere IM swimmer,
having narrowly missed the final round of races in the 400 IM at last year's
NCAAs. NCAA qualifier Aja Van Hout will also be a marquee performer in the IM this
season for the Badgers.
Freshman Jenny Holtzen will carry the load in the distance and mid-distance events,
and Monika Stitski and Aja Van Hout will also add to the strong mid-distance
group in 2012.
Rebecka Palm leads the way in the butterfly and will serve as one of the
leaders of the junior class this season. Palm received all-american recognition
last season following her effort in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA
the breaststroke, depth is the name of the game and fortunately for the Badgers
they have a solid core of swimmers to lead them in this event. UW's top
returner is Paulina Grawlow, while LSU transfer Emily Schwabe will be expected
to make a huge impact from day one. A trio of freshmen, Anna Meinholz, Kate
Criter and Courtney Fosse, will all be asked to step in and provide depth right
away in the breaststroke event.
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).
Each year, Wisconsin Athletics submits its top men's and women's athletes for the prestigious Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year awards, presented annually by the Big Ten Conference.
The Badgers' nominees are considered to be the UW Male Athlete of the Year and UW Female Athlete of the Year award winners.
With UW teams experiencing success across the board during the 2010-11 season, it's as difficult a job as ever to narrow the field to just one deserving student-athlete on both the men's and women's sides of competition.
The winner of UW's awards will be announced Friday, but you can read profiles on each of the nominees who were not selected today. Then, make your own decision and vote in our polls on Facebook to determine the fans' choice for the Badgers' top athletes in 2010-11.
(Yes, it's pretty easy to figure out who will be announced as winners Friday...)
The 29th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Gabe Carimi started 49 games throughout his Badger career. A 2010 consensus first-team All-American, Carimi became the second Badger to win the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. He is just the eighth Badger to earn unanimous, consensus first-team All-America honors.
Last season Carimi was a key cog in an offense that led the Big Ten and averaged a school-record 41.5 points per game (fifth in the country), including 45.2 points per game in Big Ten play, second-best in conference history. UW also led the Big Ten and ranked 12th in the country in rushing offense, nearly becoming the first FBS team in history to have three running backs go over 1,000 yards in the same season.
At left tackle, Carimi lined up against some of the best defensive linemen in the country, including All-Americans Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, Cameron Heyward of Ohio State and Adrian Clayborn of Iowa. He was just the third player in Badger history to earn Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors.
Earlier this month, Carimi was named Wisconsin's male Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient. He graduated in May with 3.13 grade-point average in civil and environmental engineering and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Landon Peacock capped off his senior season for the Badgers in style with a come-from-behind performance that gave him the win in a dramatic men's race at the 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championship.
The Morley, Mich., native claimed his first individual Big Ten title by a half-second, out-leaning Indiana's Andrew Bayer at the finish line for the win. Peacock clocked in at 23 minutes, 40.8 seconds, while Bayer was second in 23:41.3.
The victory made Peacock UW's 27th individual conference champion and led the way for the Badgers to secure their 12th-consecutive team crown in the first-ever Big Ten championship held at their own Zimmer Championship Course.
Sitting fifth heading into the course's finishing chute, Peacock charged past teammate Mohammed Ahmed and Minnesota's Ben Blankenship and trailed only Bayer with 30 meters to go. He finally hunted the Hoosier down at the line to become UW's first individual titlist since Matt Withrow in 2007.
He went on to earn first-team all-region honors with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional -- as UW won its eighth-straight team title -- and then scored All-America laurels for the second time in his career with a 20th-place showing at the 2010 NCAA Championship.
In track, Peacock was unable to defend his 2010 Big Ten title in the 5,000 meters as an injury sidelined him for the duration of the indoor season. However, he came back outdoors to finish fifth at the Big Ten meet in the 5,000 and then posted a personal-best time of 13:42.90 in the event at the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Despite the outstanding time, which would have won the other preliminary-round heat in Eugene, Ore., as well as both sections of the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round site, Peacock did not advance to the NCAA championships due to regional qualifying procedures.
Anchoring the blue line for the Badgers in the 2010-11 season, Justin Schultz completed his sophomore campaign as the nation's top-scoring defenseman with 18 goals and 47 points. His 18 goals were the most by a blueliner in the nation since 2002-03 and was just one shy of the UW single-season record for a defenseman.
Schultz had a remarkable sophomore season and did not go more than two games without a point. He scored the opening goal of a game five times and led the Badgers with 14 multi-point games.
The All-American was also named Defenseman of the Year by Inside College Hockey, WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-WCHA, was one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and earned a spot on College Hockey News' national first team.
On Nov. 27 against Michigan State, Schultz became the sixth Badger defenseman in program history -- and the first since 1991-92 -- to record a hat trick. He was also the sixth Wisconsin defenseman to lead the team in points.
Schultz was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after scoring the overtime game-winner in a 6-5 victory over Canisius on Jan. 8, snapping UW's 26-game overtime winless drought. He tallied three assists against Alabama Huntsville on Oct. 17 and had a total of three multi-goal games on the year.
In part to Schultz's efforts, Wisconsin ranked No. 8 nationally in goals-against average at 2.39. The Badgers also had the nation's top-scoring defensive corps, with a combined 120 points from the blue line.
Dorcas Akinniyi continues to haul in hardware every time she heads to a championship meet. The Carrollton, Texas, native added to her collection in 2011 with All-America honors both indoors and outdoors.
Akinniyi has qualified for the NCAA championships in all five seasons -- indoor and outdoor combined -- in which she's been eligible. After this season, she has also collected an All-America award four times.
She posted her best-ever NCAA finish with an outstanding fourth-place showing in the pentathlon at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, racking up a school-record total of 4,254 points to earn her first All-America laurel of the year.
That performance came on the heels of her second-consecutive conference title in the pentathlon at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships, where she scored 3,929 points.
Moving outdoors, Akinniyi earned a berth directly to the NCAA championships by virtue of her heptathlon score of 5,352 points at the Mt. SAC Relays Multi-Events in April. She also qualified for the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Round in the open high jump for the second-straight season.
At the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Akinniyi piled up 5,554 points -- just 30 markers shy of her lifetime-best score -- to finish sixth in the heptathlon and secure the fourth All-America honor of her career. A career-best 3,469 points on the opening day of the two-day, seven-event competition propelled Akinniyi to another top-eight finish.
After taking a year off to compete with the U.S. Olympic Team in the 2010 Winter Games, Hilary Knight returned to Wisconsin for her junior season, leading the nation with 47 goals and helping the Badgers to their fourth NCAA championship.
Third in the nation in points with 81 on the season, the alternate captain now sits in third place on the UW all-time career-scoring list with 202 points.
Knight tallied a career-best 20-game point streak that spanned from Dec. 10 to Feb. 26, tying for the second-longest steak in UW history. In 41 games, she recorded 25 multi-point games, including three five-point efforts and four hat tricks. With her 47 goals, Knight scored more goals than four NCAA Division I teams did all year.
Knight was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week twice, once after tallying five points against RPI on Oct. 2 and lastly on Jan. 5 after having back-to-back four-point games against Northeastern and Mercyhurst at the Easton Holiday Showcase.
Scoring just 47 seconds into the Fill the Bowl contest at the Kohl Center, Knight tallied the first of three goals as the Badgers downed Minnesota, 3-1, in front of 10,668 fans on Jan. 29. Her game-winning goal against Bemidji State on Feb. 4 marked her 100th career tally.
She led UW with two points, including the game-tying goal and an assist on the game-winner, against Minnesota Duluth in an NCAA regional game on March 12. She went on to record three assists at the Frozen Four, including two in a 3-2 win over Boston College on March 18 in the national semifinal game.
On the national stage, Knight represented the United States as a member of the Women's Under-22 Select Team at the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival and a three-game series against Canada.
Knight tallied three points for the U.S. Women's Select Team in the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup in St. John's, Canada, where Team USA placed second.
After winning the national title with Wisconsin, Knight scored the game-winner in overtime against Canada as the U.S. Women's National Team claimed gold in April's 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland.
Maggie Meyer capped off a brilliant career at Wisconsin by becoming the first national champion in program history when she won the 200-yard backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Championships in March. Meyer finished the NCAAs as a six-time All-American and was an 11-time All-American for her career.
With seven honorable mention All-America honors in career as well, Meyer tied for the second-most All-America accolades in school history with 18.
The 2011 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, Meyer won five of the six events she entered at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, bumping her career total to 10 conference titles. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native swept the 100 and 200 backstroke events, then recorded relay wins in the 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley.
She set four school records as a senior, bringing her career total to six. Meyer also set a Big Ten record in the 200 medley relay.
In addition to setting the school record in the 200 back, Meyer also lowered the mark individually in the 100 back (51.66). In the relays, Meyer was a part of record-setting teams in the 200 medley relay (1:35.71) and 400 medley relay (3:31.73).
Meyer dominated the backstroke events in 2010-11, going undefeated in the 200 backstroke and winning 10 of 11 races in the 100 back. All told, Meyer won 38 out of possible 57 races she entered during the season either as an individual or as a member of a relay unit.
Despite becoming the first swimmer in school history to win a national championship, Maggie Meyer's daily workload in the pool hasn't lessened to any appreciably degree.
That's because she has her eyes fixed on the next goal; or rather THE gold, the gold medal. Meyer's complete focus has turned to the 2012 Olympics in London, England.
"Having that title," she said of her victory in the 200-yard backstroke last March, "really has given me a little more confidence going into this next step of my swimming career. Having it under my belt has made me feel more capable and confident with my potential and what's to come in the next year."
Would she have felt the same way about her Badger career without an NCAA title?
"Absolutely," she said. "I've always been very much invested in the process and thinking about what happens at the end of it as a bonus. I got a lot out of being a student-athlete at the UW-Madison. I got more out of it than I could have dreamed and I absolutely would have been fulfilled if I hadn't won."
Meyer's backstroke championship was a culmination, more than a coronation. It culminated four years of commitment and sacrifice. "It was a very special moment I will always cherish," she said.
In the context of leaving a legacy as an accomplished college athlete - the Big Ten's Swimmer of the Year, no less - she wants to be remembered for "being focused, dedicated and well-balanced."
One other thing she wants people to know. "That I really earned that title," she added.
As she prepares for London, Meyer is now training twice a day Monday, Wednesday and Friday; once each on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her only void has been school.
"I've been trying to think about another focus," said Meyer, who got her undergraduate degree from the UW in the spring, "because I really worked hard at trying to get a good balance between athletics and academics. That's a reason why I was so successful in both."
She can see herself doing many things. Maybe she will do volunteer work in the community. Maybe she will join a book club. Or, maybe she will reconsider going to grad school.
Mostly, she can see herself swimming in London; a most reachable goal.
"I'm working for it," Meyer said.
Wisconsin senior Maggie Meyer took part in a video interview on Swimming World's The Morning Swim Show last Friday.
Over the five-minute interview, Meyer talks about her performance at the Texas Invitational, her technique, her chances at the NCAA championships and much more.
Watch the full interview below.
Results | Saturday night's finals (video)AUSTIN, Texas
- On the morning of the final day of competition at the Texas Invitational, the Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams captured five more NCAA 'B' consideration times.
In addition, six Badgers earned a spot in Saturday night's 'A' finals, while 36 total swimmers advanced to the finals in their respective events.
Senior Maggie Meyer, having already set the school record in the 100-yard backstroke this weekend, broke the school's mark in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday morning. Her time of 1:54.39 goes down as the fastest time of the day and tops the old UW record of 1:54.95, which Meyer set at the NCAA Championships last season.
Meyer was one of two swimmers to pick up an NCAA consideration time and a spot in the 'A' finals in the 100-yard freestyle. Both Meyer and Beckie Thompson each won their heats, doing so in times of 49.08 and 49.39, respectively.
Junior Ashley Wanland earned a spot in the 'A' finals for the second night in a row as she earned a 'B' time of 2:12.42, the fourth-fastest time swam in the 200-yard breaststroke.
On the men's side, Dan Lester and Marcus Guttmann both punched their tickets to the 'A' finals in the 200-yard butterfly. Lester picked up a 'B' time with a 1:44.12 showing, while Guttmann came in at 1:49.64.
Saturday night will feature three Badgers in the 1650-yard freestyle event, though all earned a spot in the finals and did not compete in the preliminaries on Saturday morning. Danielle Beckwith is set to compete for the women's team, while Guttmann and Tyler Hines are up for the men.
One relay race is on the docket for the finals, as the 400-yard freestyle relay will close out the Texas Invitational.
The finals start at 6 p.m. with live stats and video available through TexasSports.com. Check back to UWBadgers.com for complete results.
- Less than 12 hours after senior Maggie Meyer broke the school record and picked up an automatic qualifying time as the leadoff of the 400-yard medley relay, she earned another auto bid in the 100-yard backstroke during Friday morning's prelims.
Meyer, who swam the equivalent of the 100 back as the lead leg last night in 51.66, posted a time of 52.44 en route to winning her heat and earning the top seed for Friday night's finals.
In addition to Meyer's 'A' time, four Badgers picked up 'B' times as well during the morning session. In all, the Badgers will have 40 participants in the finals, including seven that are set to compete in the 'A' finals.
Joining Meyer in the 'A' finals of the 100 back is junior Amie Osten. She earned a consideration time by taking second in her heat with a showing of 54.20.
Also earning spots in the 'A' finals were Monika Stitski for the 400-yard IM and Ashley Wanland for the 100-yard breaststroke. Stitski posted a time of 4:19.90, while Wanland swam the seventh-fastest time in the country this year with a mark of 1:00.37.
On the men's side, UW will have three competitors in the 'A' finals for the 400-yard IM as Dan Lester, Sam Rowan and Michael Weiss all finished among the top eight. Lester posted a 'B' time of 3:48.09, while Rowan came in at 3:56.15 and Weiss at 3:57.27.
Friday's finals begin at 6 p.m. and live video will be provided by TexasSports.com. Check back to UWBadgers.com Friday night for complete results.