Jan. 17, 2014
• Complete Results | Dual Scores
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- On a day when 12 different individuals and two relay teams earned top-five finishes, it was a clear, collective effort that backed the Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams as they competed on the first day of a meet in Christiansburg, Va. The meet featured teams from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Harvard (men's) and Miami (women's).
At the end of the first day's competition, the Wisconsin women lead Miami 91-35 and Virginia Tech 74-55 but trail Virginia 46-84. The men's squad trails Harvard 53-77, Virginia Tech 46-85 and Virginia 55-76.
"We were pretty much where I expected us to be today," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "We’re in that kind of transition phase. We’ve worked really hard, and the light is at the end of the tunnel as far as rest and things like that. It’s becoming the fun part of the season, and we’re just sharpening up."
As in weeks previous, senior leadership continued to make its mark for both Wisconsin teams.
On the women's side, junior Ivy Martin maintained dominance, finishing first place and earning an NCAA B qualifying time in the 100-yard freestyle (49.54). Freshman Chase Kinney also earned a top-five, earning fourth place in the same event (51.71).
Four other women earned third-place finishes on the day. Making them were Madison, Wis. native Aja Van Hout in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.46), sophomore Jenny Hotlzen in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:55.11), sophomore Anna Meinholz in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.54) and freshman Dana Grindall in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.07).
Senior Rebecka Palm rounded out the women's individual performances, finishing fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.24).
The 400-yard freestyle quartet of Martin, Van Hout, Kinney and Palm also earned a top finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:21.90).
"It was kind of the usual suspects that did well today: Ivy, Aja. They did a really nice job," Hite said. "I thought Aja swam really well. Her 200-back was really a highlight, and our women's 400-free relay was pretty darn good."
On the men's end, juniors dominated as Drew teDuits claimed a victory and earned an NCAA B cut in the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.31). Fellow junior Nick Schafer earned the men's other individual victory with a time of 1:59.91 in the 200-yard backstroke.
Following teDuits in the 200-yard backstroke were Cannon Clifton in fourth place (45.30) and Matt Hutchins in fifth place (45.95).
Sarasota, Fla. native Nick Caldwell rounded out the men's individual races with a fifth-place spot in the 1650-yard freestyle (15:51.36), while also swimming a leg of the men's third place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:02.32).
"Tomorrow is a big challenge in a lot of different ways," Hite said. "We’re going to be getting up early, lots of swimming, lots of racing, and that’s a good thing. I told the team tonight, ‘Tomorrow’s a challenge.’
"It’s good to be challenged, and that’s an important piece of what we do and the message I send to my team. It’s important that we are challenged, whether it be mentally or physically, and the more we challenge ourselves, the better we are at the end of the season. I think that’s been the theme of what we’ve been talking about as a team."
The two-day meet will conclude on Sat., Jan. 18 with competition beginning at 8 a.m. C.T.