Badgers with strong showing at California dual meet


Nov. 1, 2013

Men's Results | Women's Results

BERKLEY, Calif. -- Following a strong start to the season, junior Ivy Martin continued to flex her muscles against a national-power program, as the University of Wisconsin swimming and diving team traveled West to battle California on Friday.

Martin once again stole the show, earning a pair of first-place finishes and two ‘B’ cuts against a Cal women’s squad that finished in the top three at last season’s NCAA championships.

The UW women’s team dropped a 163-111 decision to the Bears.

Martin, a junior, earned the top time in the 50 (22.53) and 100-yard freestyle (49.86), and also went on to swim the first leg of the team’s second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:23.70).

Aja Van Hout also put on a strong performance for the women in Friday’s dual meet. The junior took second in both the 1000-yard freestyle (10:05.97) and 200-yard I (2:04.53).

"I thought Aja and Ivy did very, very well today," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "Ivy continues to be one of the best swimmers in the country, and Aja helps us in so many different ways. I just thought they did a terrific job racing today." 

Sophomore Anna Meinholz rounded out the women’s performances as she took second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.55), her season-best.

The UW men’s squad fell 151-131 to the No. 2 California men.

For the men, Nick Schafer was the top performer. The Carina, Australia native recorded two season-best times, picking up a win in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.10) and taking second in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.92).

"On the men’s side, Nick Schafer was awesome today and did a great job," Hite said.

The men’s squad also picked up third-place finishes from Nick Caldwell in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:26.47), Brett Pinfold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.32) and Drew teDuits in the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.30).

"For Drew teDuits to go 1:45 in the 200-back is really outstanding," Hite said of teDuits' third place performance.

In the diving well, freshman Andrew Suchla garnered a victory on the 1-meter board with a score of 314.18, while sophomore Logan Knauss followed up with a second-place finish with a 277.50 score.

"I thought we competed fairly well today," Hite said. "It’s always tough swimming outside and traveling half-way across the country. We knew that we needed to be at our absolute best to compete. We were just a little bit off in some areas. I think we’re a little bit more tired than we were two weeks ago, which means we’re doing our job. But overall I thought they competed very well.

"We’re excited to be competing against the best,' Hite said of the experience at Cal. "That’s what we want, so that’s what we’re going to get. I just couldn’t be more proud of the kids today and the way they competed."

Wisconsin heads to Stanford on Sat., Nov. 2 to finish out their trip to California. Competition begins at 1 p.m. C.T.

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