Badgers save strongest showing for final day of Texas Invitational

Dec. 7, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's and women's swim teams saved their best performances for last, racing to eight top-eight finishes in the third and final day of the Texas Invitational. This time, it was junior Drew teDuits leading the charge for the Badgers as they competed in Austin, Texas. 

teDuits, a Fitchburg, Wis. native, swam to a second place finish and earned an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the 200-yard backstroke (1:41.16), beating his previous season-best time by more than four seconds. 

Nick Caldwell continued to show consistency after two impressive days at the invite. The junior from Sarasota, Fla. finished seventh and earned an NCAA B Cut in the 1650-yard freestyle (15:23.61), beating his previous season-best time by 30 seconds.

Two other Badger men earned NCAA B Cuts in their respective events. Junior Nicholas Schafer swam to a seventh place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:56.08), a season-best. Freshman Brett Pinfold also swam a season-best in the 100-yard freestyle (44.23).

The men's 400-yard freestyle relay quartet of Pinfold, Cannon Clifton, Caldwell and Damon Zito finished sixth with a time of 2:57.10.

Ivy Martin continued to shine for the Wisconsin women, swimming to a fourth place finish and earning an NCAA B Cut in the 100-yard freestyle (49.03).

Anna Meinholz, a native of Oconomowoc, Wis., swam to eighth place and earned a B Cut in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.27), her best time of the season. Fellow sophomore Jenny Holtzen also grabbed an eighth place finish with a time of 16:41.08 in the 1650-yard freestyle. 

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the women's squad, made up of Martin, Aja Van Hout, Chase Kinney and Rebecka Palm, earned an NCAA B Cut and finished seventh with a time of 3:18.94.

The Badgers will have almost a month off before returning to the pool on Sat., Jan. 4 as they travel to Hawaii for a dual meet.


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