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Wisconsin relay teams dominate day two of meet at Virginia Tech

Nick Schafer

Jan. 18, 2014

Complete Results | Dual Scores

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. --  After a solid collaborative effort on the first day of a meet at Virginia Tech, the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams once again put together an all-out team effort on Saturday, the final day of competition.

The Badgers swam away with six event wins and 25 top-five finishes to close out the meet against teams from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Harvard (men) and Miami (women). The women finished the meet in front of Virginia Tech 203-164 and Miami 252-101 while falling to Virginia 139-225. The men were beat out by Virginia 127-240, Virginia Tech 105-264 and Harvard 145.50-221.50.

Highlighting the Badgers’ true team effort was the performance of their relay squads, which picked up five top-three finishes on the day.

The women dominated their respective relays, picking up a victory in both the 200-yard medley (1:41.92) and 200-yard freestyle (1:32.27) relay races. The ‘B’ relay quartet also held its own in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in fourth with a time of 1.36.96.

The women also placed second in both the 800-yard freestyle (7:27.92) and 400-yard medley (3:44.82) relays.

On an individual level, junior Ivy Martin remained the epitome of consistency with top finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (54.94) and 50-yard freestyle (22.68), an NCAA B qualifying time. Freshman Chase Kinney finished in second place behind Martin in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.59.

Aja Van Hout continued to prove herself as a team leader, finishing second and earning an NCAA B cut in the 400-yard IM (4:19.10) and finishing third in the 200-yard IM (2:03.80). The Madison, Wis. native also contributed to the success of the relay races, swimming in two.

Sophomore Anna Meinholz rounded out the women’s top individual performances with a third-place spot in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.54).

On the men’s end, juniors Nick Schafer and Nick Caldwell were the day’s top performers, garnering victories in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.08) and 500-yard freestyle (4:27.30), respectively. Caldwell also finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.55).

Freshman Cannon Clifton finished out the men’s top individual races with a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (21.08).

In the relay races, the men picked up four top-five finishes, coming in third in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:39.49) and fourth in the 400-yard medley relay (3:50.80).

"The men’s 800-free relay I thought  really stepped up and did what we call ‘relay up’," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "All of them were faster on the relay than they were individually, and that’s what I’m looking for, for people to step up and be faster."

In the diving well, freshman Andrew Suchla added a 26th top-five finish to Wisconsin’s record, finishing fifth on the 1-meter board with a score of 302.00.

"It’s fine-tuning at this point," Hite said. "I feel really good with where we are. We’ve done a hell of a lot of work, and we’ve been challenged in a lot of different ways. I really feel good with where we are at this point. It’s just time to sharpen it up.

"We've talked about not getting too wrapped up in the times or what our dual meet record is. I know that this team is going to be really, really good at the end, and that’s kind of just how we do things. We put in the work. We are going to be battle-tested, and we’re going to be tough." 

The Badgers return to the pool on Fri., Jan. 31 as they compete in the Big Ten Triple Duals in West Lafayette, Ind. Competition begins at 5 p.m. C.T.

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