Second Big Ten record falls on final day of NCAA meet


March 22, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- With one day of competition left at the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, the members of the Wisconsin women's team were determined to close out the 2013-14 season on a strong note and exceed expectations. With that in mind, the Badgers nearly mirrored their Thursday evening's performance, breaking a second Big Ten Conference and school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

After setting the conference record in the 200-yard freestyle relay on the meet's first day of competition, the quartet of junior Ivy Martin, junior Aja Van Hout, freshman Chase Kinney and senior Rebecka Palm teamed up for another record-breaking performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay. A swift time of 3:13.85 in the event's preliminaries broke the previous conference record of 3:14.53 and earned the squad a spot in the A finals, where it placed eighth overall (3:14.90).

Martin also took one last shot at the 100-yard freestyle, in which she set the Big Ten record earlier in the season. The Madison, Wis. native went on to finish 10th-place overall, swimming a time of 48.02 in the event's B final, good for seven points. Martin racked up 22 total individual points for the Cardinal and White.

Wisconsin finished the nation-wide meet in 13th place with 78 team points. Out of Big Ten teams, the Badgers finished third behind Minnesota (136.5) and Indiana (118).

Select members of the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team will conclude their season at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas. Official NCAA coverage of the event can be found here.

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