Feb. 8, 2014
• Complete Results
GREEN BAY, Wis.-- It was another all-out team effort for the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as they competed in their final dual meet of the season against Green Bay on Saturday afternoon.
After breaking 11 pool records and winning 21 events at Milwaukee on Friday, the Badgers followed up with an equally impressive performance against the Phoenix, winning 23 of 26 events and breaking 11 pool records at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium.
At the end of the day’s competition, the men’s team topped Green Bay 140-98, while the women finished ahead of the Phoenix 140-94.
"I thought we did pretty well," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "There are some different challenges with the pool and the facilities, but those are all positive things. Anytime we get stretched and challenged in different ways, that’s really important for us, and we embrace it.
"I thought overall, it was a good day of racing. It was the last meet for our seniors, and we ushered in a couple good swims by our younger kids in different events, so that is a positive we can take from it."
The men's squad garnered victories from seven individuals along with breaking five pool records and sweeping its two relay races.
Leading the way was freshman newcomer Matt Hutchins, breaking a pool record and winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.54. The Christchurch, New Zealand native also finished first in the both the 500-yard freestyle (4:37.90).
Other record breakers were Cannon Clifton in the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.96) and Nicholas Schafer in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.19).
Rounding out the men’s individual top finishes were Josh Anderson in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:39.10), Drew teDuits in the 50-yard freestyle (21.42), Harrison Tran in the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.38) and Nick Caldwell in the 100-yard freestyle (46.10).
Youth headed the charge in the men's 200-yard medley relay victory as the quartet of Clifton, Jake Mandli, Austin Byrd and Ryan O'Donnell finished with a time of 1:32.78. Winning the 200-yard freestyle relay was the quartet of Damon Zito, Caldwell, Byrd and Ryan Barsanti with a time of 1:23.54. Both relay squads broke pool records in their respective events.
On the women's side, eight individuals and both relay squads picked up top-finishes, along with breaking six pool records.
Picking up pool records for the women were Ivy Martin in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.89), Rebecka Palm in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.08), Aja Van Hout in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.99) and Maria Carlson in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.35), a season best for the freshman.
Other top finishers included Caroline Palm in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:22.04), Dana Grindall in the 200-yard IM (2:06.91), Annie Tamblyn in the 100-yard freestyle (52.49), and Madeline Hazle in the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.49).
The women's relay races were equally dominant, breaking pool records in both the 200-yard medley (1:44.15) and 200-yard freestyle (1:34.46) relays.
In the diving well, Wisconsin was also successful, winning three out of four events. Freshmen Andrew Suchla won on both the 1-meter (344.62) and 3-meter (339.6) board for the men, while fellow freshman Ashley Peterson finished first on the 1-meter board (272.55) for the women.
"This is a fun time in the season, championships, swimming fast and diving well," Hite said. "It’s just an exciting time, and I think we’re going to be primed and ready to go really fast.
"I challenged the team again, ‘You don’t want to just hope you’re going to swim fast or dive well. You have to have an expectation, and you have to be prepared and have a plan.’ Everything leads to Big Tens and NCAAs, and we believe we can be really good at both."
The Badger women’s team returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19 as it heads to the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The men’s team heads to Big Ten Championships the following week with competition beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Ann Arbor, Mich.