Feb. 28, 2014
• Complete Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After qualifying two relay squads for the NCAA championships on each of the first two days of the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team looked to carry that momentum into the final two days of competition.
On day three, the Badgers were paced by a pair of juniors, as Nick Caldwell and Nicholas Schafer led the way for UW, breaking school records in their respective events.
Swimming in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries, Caldwell posted a school record-breaking time of 1:34.10, passing up the previous school record by 0.50 seconds. The junior went on to finish third in the finals of the event with the second-fastest time in school history, 1:34.41, good for 16 team points.
Following Caldwell in the 200 free A Final was senior Tyler Hines, whose prelim time of 1:35.53 makes him the fourth-fastest in school history. Hines went on to finish eighth in the event (1:37.59), contributing 11 points. Freshman Cannon Clifton was not far behind the two upperclassmen, finishing 11th in the event's B Final with a time of 1:36.44, good for six points. All three swimmers earned NCAA 'B' qualifying marks in the event.
In the second record-breaking performance of the night, Carina, Australia native Schafer passed up his own school record with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (52.88). The NCAA 'B' qualifying time breaks the previous record of 53.57, set by Schafer in 2013.
"We had a great day," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "We had a lot of top-10 times. We just keep fighting, and we're swimming great."
UW gained another fifth-place finish from junior Drew teDuits. Swimming in the 100-yard backstroke, the Fitchburg, Wis., native posted the second-fastest time in school history (46.40) and earned an NCAA 'B' qualifying mark. Sophomore Ryan O'Donnell followed up with a 13th-place finish in the event's B Final, posting an NCAA 'B' time of 48.15.
Rounding out the days's performances was the youthful quartet of Clifton, freshman Brett Pinfold, junior Damon Zito and sophomore Zach Wagner in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team's time of 1:20.19 was good for seventh-place and 24 points.
Wisconsin is currently in seventh place through three days of competition with a team score of 207, just one point behind sixth-place Minnesota (208). Michigan leads all teams (599), followed by Indiana in second (406).
"We're in a dog fight, team-wise right now. Purdue and Minnesota, they're kind of giving it to us, and we're saying, 'Well, maybe we want it'. So we'll find out tomorrow."
The 2014 Big Ten Men’s Championships will conclude on Saturday, March 1 with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. C.T. and finals starting at 5:30 p.m. C.T.
Complete information for the four-day event can be found here.