Feb. 1, 2014
• Compete Results
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have received endless support from their upperclassmen throughout the season, and day two of the Big Ten Triple Duals was no exception.
This time, it was junior Aja Van Hout leading the way as the Badgers closed out their meet against teams from Purdue and Minnesota at the Big Ten Tripe Duals. The Madison, Wis. native earned a victory and NCAA B qualifying time in the 400-yard IM (4:18.46) along with a top finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.03), a season best.
For the women’s team, two freshmen followed Van Hout in the 200-yard backstroke to make it an all-Wisconsin top three finish in the race. Madeline Hazle placed second (2:02.12), while Emma Paulson was right behind in third (2:02.13).
Other top individual finishes included Ivy Martin’s victory in the 100-yard freestyle (49.31), an NCAA B qualifying time. Also contributing to the women’s success was senior Rebecka Palm, taking third in the 100-yard butterfly (55.30), and sophomore Anna Meinholz, third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.38).
The women’s relay squads also dominated their respective races on the day, earning victories in both the 200-yard (1:30.90) and 400-yard (3:21.34) freestyle relays.
At the end of the second day’s competition, the women defeated Purdue 183-168 while falling to Minnesota 202-149. The men fell to Purdue 230-122 and Minnesota 227-125.
"I thought we raced hard today. I’m not too wrapped up in the end result," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "The important thing in the coming weeks will be the preparation and being precise.
"We need to be sure that we’re being consistent in our preparation and being precise in what we do. The name of the game is consistency, and I feel pretty good about where we are."
On the men’s end, junior Drew teDuits once again emerged as a top performer, earning an NCAA B qualifying time and winning the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.35). Also earning an NCAA B cut was fellow junior Nicholas Schafer, who placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:59.22).
Austin, Texas native Josh Anderson rounded out the men’s top individual performances with a third-place spot in the 400-yard IM (3:59.49).
In the relays, the men had a solid day, finishing second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:02.71). They also placed third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.81.
"As far as our schedule, it’s the toughest in the nation, and there’s no rest for the weary," Hite said. "The next two meets will allow us to do some different things but also continue to work on our preparation. At this point, that’s all it is.
"The heavy lifting, so-to-speak, the hay is in the barn. But we need to work on our preparation and be precise in everything we do. If we’re going to be assassins, we’ve got to be very, very precise in what we do, and we’re just not there yet. But we don’t have to be there yet, and I challenge the team that we need to have a sense of urgency."
The Badgers return to the pool on Fri., Feb. 7 as they travel to Milwaukee for a dual meet. Competition begins at 3 p.m. C.T.