Oct. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman newcomer Brett Pinfold had an impressive showing in the Badgers first meet of the season as the Wisconsin swimming and diving teams battled perennial national power, Georgia.
The men’s squad trailed 130-54, while the reigning NCAA champion Lady Bulldogs picked up a 129-55 lead over the Badger women.
“I thought we did a really good job today,” UW head coach Whitney L. Hite said. “You have to realize you’re competing against the best.”
In his first meet as a Badger, Pinfold dominated with an 18-point individual performance for the men's squad. He topped the charts in the 50 (20.74) and 200-yard freestyle (1:38.68) events, placing first in both events for the men's squad. Pinfold also raced the anchor leg of UW's second place finishes in the 200 and 800-yard freestyle relays.
The Badgers also placed second in the 200-yard medley relay.
Aside from the relays, three juniors captured second-place finishes to round out the men's top performances, with Drew teDuits in the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.65), Nick Caldwell in the 500-yard free (4:27.82) and Nicholas Schafer in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.87)
“The men’s team is a top ten team; they’re good,” Hite said, “They’ve got some superstars and so for us I thought it was a great opportunity to see how we measure up.”
On the women's end, the Badgers garnered a pair of wins from juniors Aja Van Hout in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.39) and Ivy Martin in the 50-yard freestyle (22.38). Martin also helped race for second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley (1:43.39) and 200-yard free (1:32.54) relays. Sophomore Anna Menholz rounded out the women's top performances, coming in second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.00).
“The women’s team at Georgia is the best, they’re defending national champions and they’ve been the dominant team during the last fifteen years in the NCAA,” Hite added. “For us to measure ourselves against the highest is a good thing and I thought that we competed well.”
“We’ve got a good team and there is potential to be better. We will get better but I also know that we’re not at that level yet. Fortunately we’ve got time. But to come here and compete, we did a nice job.”
The meet will continue against Georgia on Saturday, with diving competition starting at 9 a.m. CT.