Relay puts Badgers on the board at NCAA championships


March 28, 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas -- After breaking a school record by nearly five points at the Big Ten conference championships, the Wisconsin men's 800-yard freestyle relay squad looked to make a similar statement at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.

On the meet's second day of competition, the quartet of freshman Matt Hutchins, junior Nick Caldwell, freshman Cannon Clifton and senior Tyler Hines put the Badgers on the board with their first team points of the nation-wide meet. The squad's time of 6:22.00 was good for 13th place and eight team points.

Caldwell, who recently set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Conference meet, swam in the event's preliminaries. The Sarasota, Fla. native finished with a time of 1:36.25.

Nicholas Schafer also recently set a UW school record in the 100-yard breastroke at the Big Ten championships. The Carina, Australia native finished the 100 breast prelims in 53.73 seconds.

A third junior, Drew teDuits, also competed individually in the 100-yard backstroke prelims (47.04), finishing just shy of his season-best. teDuits, of Fitchburg, Wis., will look to defend his NCAA title in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday.

The NCAA championships will conclude on Saturday, March 29 with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. C.T. and finals set for 7 p.m.

Complete information for the event can be found here.

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