Badgers show steady progress in final day of dual meet


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Oct. 19, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. – After a solid outing on Friday in the University of Wisconsin swimming and diving teams’ home debut, the Badgers returned to the pool Saturday in what was their most complete overall showing of the season.

Overall, eight Badger swimmers claimed individual victories in their respective events.

“I thought we did a great job of competing today,” UW head coach Whitney Hite said. “I was very pleased with the progress that we’ve made.

“We’re closing the gap on one of the best teams in the Big Ten. We’re not exactly satisfied with where we are, but for October 19th, I thought we did a very nice job of competing.”

The men’s squad fell 220-150 to Minnesota, while the women finished with a 218-152 score against the reigning Big Ten champion Lady Gophers.

The Badger men picked up another pair of individual victories along with four second-place finishes. After winning the 200-yard backstroke yesterday, junior Drew teDuits continued to dominate with a win in the 100-yard backstroke (48.77). teDuits also placed second in the 400-yard IM (3:59.77).

Junior Nick Schafer rounded out the men’s side as he finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.11).

The men also ended the day with two close second-place finishes in the relays. With a time of 3:19.99 in the 400-yard medley relay, the Badgers fell just 0.18 seconds short of the winning time while their 3:00.24 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay was 0.31 seconds shy of first-place.

Brett Pinfold continued to show that he’s one of the freshmen to keep an eye on in the Big Ten with a win in the 100-yard freestyle (45.26) along with swimming the anchor leg of the 400-yard relay medley.

“Brett Pinfold beating Derek Toomey in the 100 free was outstanding,” Hite said. “I thought our 400 free relays were really good. The freshmen men are making moves.”

The Badger women earned three individual victories on the day along with five second-place finishes. Junior Aja Van Hout picked up her second individual victory of the meet with a 4:22.68 finish in the 400-yard IM, as well as a second-place spot in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:53.74).

“I thought Aja did a terrific job today with the 400 IM win and in the mile,” Hite continued. “She was real good on the relay too. That’s a leader on our team stepping up big time and doing what’s best for the team.”

Junior Ivy Martin showed further consistency with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle (49.77), her second of the meet.

The Badger women’s third individual win of the day came in the 100-yard breaststroke as sophomore Anna Meinholz finished with a time of 1:04.75. Sophomore Annie Tamblyn took second in the 100-yard backstroke (56.64) and senior Rebecka Palm earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (55.28) to wrap up the women’s individual events.

The women’s team also finished second in both the 400-yard medley (3:46.57) and freestyle (3:23.05) relays.

On the diving end, Andrew Suchla was the Badgers’ top finisher. The freshman placed second on the 1-meter board with a score of 317.93.

“I just think the future for us is very good,” Hite added. “We’re going to be better than we were today. I challenge the team each time out to be better than we were. I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

The Badgers return to the pool Fri., Nov. 1 as they travel to California to take on the Golden Bears. UW follows that up with a meet at Stanford on Sat., Nov. 2. Friday’s competition starts at 3 p.m. C.T. 

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