June 13, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Few in the college athletics landscape have seen or experienced the rapid ascension to the top of their sport that UW’s Drew teDuits experienced in the pool during his sophomore campaign.
After narrowly missing the NCAA championships during 2011-12, teDuits returned to the water this season and made for certain his hard work would be rewarded. The Madison native earned Wisconsin its first NCAA individual men’s title since 1959, winning the 200-yard backstroke (1:38.27) at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Aside from becoming just the third men’s swimmer at UW to earn an NCAA individual crown, teDuits also won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard backstroke and broke both of UW’s 200 and 100-yard backstroke school records.
teDuits’ rise to the top of the swimming world came to fruition on the second day of the NCAA championships. Along with helping the Badgers earn their best overall finish since 2003, teDuits also swam the sixth-fastest 200-yard backstroke of all-time and the No. 3 mark in NCAA history.