Jan. 31, 2014
• Complete Results
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- It was a mixture of both familiar and new for the Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams as they competed against ranked teams from Purdue and Minnesota at the Big Ten Triple Duals. While performances of the relay squads and senior leadership continued to prove key for both teams, new youthful faces also made a mark on day one of the meet.
At the end of the first day's competition, the Wisconsin men trail Purdue 137-68 and Minnesota 135-70. The women's squad is neck-and-neck with Purdue, trailing 102-101, while falling behind Minnesota 133-70.
Highlighting the men's top performances of the day, junior Nicholas Schafer took home the sole first-place finish, swimming a time of 55.40 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Fitchburg, Wis. native Drew teDuits maintained consistency with a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (49.15), and sophomore Ryan O'Donnell followed close behind in third place with a time of 49.94.
Freshman newcomer Matt Hutchins worked to make his mark as a Badger, swimming to a third-place spot in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.34), beating his previous time by three seconds.
The men's squad held its own in the relays, finishing second in the 800-yard freestyle (6:41.29) and third in the 200-yard medley relay (1:30.78).
On the women's side, junior Ivy Martin shined, earning a victory and NCAA B qualifying time in the 50-yard freestyle (22.49) while also swimming the anchor leg of the women's 200-yard medley relay race victory (1:40.73).
The women garnered two other victories on the day, this time coming from their youth. Freshman Dana Grindall won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.89, and sophomore Anna Meinholz finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.60). Another sophomore, Annie Tamblyn, rounded out the women's top individual performances with a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (56.41).
In the diving well, freshman Andrew Suchla emerged as Wisconsin's top performer, finishing third on the 1-meter board with a season-best score of 329.45.
Competition at the Big Ten Triple Duals resumes on Sat., Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. C.T.