Oct. 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Junior Ivy Martin was the star of Wisconsin’s show today as the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming teams closed out their first meet of the season against national power, Georgia.
After taking the 50-yard freestyle yesterday, Martin continued her dominance by capturing another first-place finish and B cut in the 100-yard freestyle (49.09) for the women’s squad. She also anchored a second place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:47.32). Junior Aja Van Hout finished out the women’s top performances, placing third in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:52.14).
“Ivy is really getting better,” UW head coach Whitney Hite said. “She’s really putting herself in that elite class and starting to break away from the pack in terms of work ethic and performance."
The men’s squad fell 179-139 to Georgia, while the women finished with a 182-136 score against the reigning NCAA champion Lady Bulldogs.
On the men’s side, the Badgers showed further success in relays as they raced to victory in the 400-yard medley relay (3:18.32). Second and third places finishes by freshmen Cannon Clifton (45.06) and Brett Pinfold (45.39) in the 100-yard freestyle along with a third-place finish by Drew teDuits in the 100-yard backstroke (49.63) highlighted Wisconsin’s top performances of the day for the men’s squad.
“Overall, I think this weekend was a really big success,” Hite added. “I appreciate Georgia hosting us and I think this is a really good starting point for the team.”
The Badgers return to the pool Friday, Oct. 18, as they welcome Big Ten Conference rival Minnesota to the UW Natatorium for their first and only home dual of the season. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.