Oct. 18, 2013
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. – It was a multitude of individual performances that highlighted the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams season opener at Georgia last weekend. During its lone home meet of the season, UW came together for a collective performance as they welcomed Big Ten opponent Minnesota.
After 20 events, the men’s squad trails, 183-103, while the women fell behind, 101-83, to the reigning Big Ten champion Lady Gophers.
“I thought we competed pretty well,” UW head-coach Whitney Hite said. “Minnesota’s a very good team, both men and women. Obviously their women are a top-10 team, and I think that their men are a top-20 team for sure, so anytime you have the opportunity to compete with an elite program like Minnesota it’s nice.
“We did a nice job going toe-to-toe with them.”
On the men’s side, the Badgers earned five victories along with three second-place finishes. Juniors stole the show as Wisconsin earned individual victories from Nick Caldwell in the 500 (4:27.19) and 200-yard freestyle (1:39.47), Nick Schafer in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.28) and Drew teDuits in the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.66).
The men also showed strong performances in the relays as they won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:42.98, just five seconds shy of the Natatorium pool record, set in 2004. The men also finished second in the 200-yard free relay (1:22.51) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:31.71). Freshman Brett Pinfold added a second-place finish in the 200-yard free (1:41.27).
“I was once told that the strength of your team is the 200-free,” said Hite. “The 200-free on the men’s side is very strong.”
The Badger women garnered four victories and five second-place finishes. Ivy Martin once again demonstrated her dominance with a win in the 50-yard free (22.42) as well as swimming a leg of the first-place 200-yard medley relay (1:42.32).
Other individual winners included Aja Van Hout in the 200-yard IM (2:03.12) and freshman Dana Grindall in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.06). Grindall also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.71) during her second meet ever in Cardinal and White.
The women also placed second in two relays, the 200-yard freestyle (1:32.40) and 800-yard freestyle (7:34.33).
“I thought a swing event for us was the 200-yard butterfly,” Hite added. “Dana Grindall really showed some guts and some toughness, which is really what this women’s team needs.”
In the diving well, two freshmen earned the Badgers’ top finishes. Andrew Suchla placed second for the men on the 3-meter board with a score of 357.53 while Ashley Peterson earned a third-place finish in the 3-meter with a score of 301.35 for the women.
The meet against Minnesota continues Saturday, Oct. 19, with diving action beginning at 10 a.m. The Badgers will also celebrate senior day prior to the swim events.