Youth serves Badgers well at Stanford dual meet


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Nov. 2, 2013

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – A month into the season, the year has been highlighted by top performances from All-Americans Ivy Martin and Drew teDuits, among others.

The University of Wisconsin swimming and diving program showed its true colors on Saturday, displaying its depth as it battled national power Stanford on the road for the second consecutive season.

"I thought we did a nice job today," UW head-coach Whitney Hite said of his teams' performances.

"Again, it’s difficult going against two top teams in the country. Stanford is very well-coached. They’ve got a lot of talent. But we really got everything we could’ve asked for this weekend as far as great performances by our kids and learning. I was just really proud of them and how they competed."

Freshman Brett Pinfold again showed why he is arguably one of the Big Ten’s top newcomers, earning a pair of second-place finishes on Saturday.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Pinfold swam a personal-best time of 45.18 en route to his second-place finish, while missing out on a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.88) by just over a second.

Fellow freshman Cannon Clifton also shined under the California sun on Saturday. Not only did Clifton earn a top finish in the 50-yard freestyle (21.13) but he also paced the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.19) squad to a second-place finish, with the help of teammates Nick Schafer, Pinfold and teDuits.

Damon Zito finished second to Clifton in the 50 free, earning a 21.32 time, just two-tenths of a second off of his personal-best time in the event. teDuits swam to a 50.10 time in the 100-yard backstroke, good for second place.

Despite the wealth of strong performances, the UW men fell, 175-116, to the Cardinal.

"Overall, we weren’t as sharp time-wise as we were yesterday against Cal. That was a little bit expected," Hite said, "but it was a very good experience and a good trip for us.

"It’s something that we can definitely build on. Anytime you can compete against the best, you use it as a measuring stick and see where you are."

On the women’s side, freshman Chase Kinney also displayed a number of solid performances. Aside from helping the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.93) earn a second-place finish, Kinney also swam to a 23.69 in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing third behind Stanford’s Maddy Schaefer and UW’s own Ivy Martin (22.65).

Martin also swam to a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (51.07).

Another freshman, Madeline Hazle, also earned a top-three finish, swimming the 200-yard backstroke in 2:03.95.

"We had some really great performances from our freshmen ladies," Hite added.

The women dropped a 201-85 decision to the Stanford women.

In the diving well, two freshmen put on strong performances against a talent Stanford diving squad. Andrew Suchla placed third on the 1-meter board (326.40) and fourth in the 3-meter (289.50) for the men. Ashley Peterson added a third-place finish on the 3-meter board (287.70).

"The performance of the diving was strong," Hite said. "Stanford has terrific divers, and for Andrew to do as well as he did, and even Ashley. On Friday, it was the ‘diving and swimming team’, and today they really helped us out as well.

"That’s nice to see. I was really proud of the divers yesterday and today and thought they did a great job. Yesterday was awesome from a diving side.”

The Badgers return to Big Ten action on Nov. 15, when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to battle Northwestern.

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