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Three more Badgers earn national cuts Friday in Iowa City


July 18, 2014

 Meet Results

MADISON, Wis. -- Three more Badgers earned national cuts and another record fell in the pool at the Speedo Champions Series Sectional meet at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center on Friday.

Austin Byrd, Ryan O'Donnell and Brett Pinfold each earned national standards competing in the 100-meter backstroke, qualifying for the upcoming 2014 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships held in Irvine, California, Aug. 6-10.

Meanwhile, Michael Weiss claimed a pair of events and a pool record, while Matt Hutchins had a performance to remember in the 200-meter freestyle.

Early in the day's action, the preliminaries of the 100-meter backstroke set the stage for Byrd, Pinfold and O'Donnell to finish third, fourth and sixth, respepctively, as each earned national cuts. Badgers claimed four of the top six times in the prelims, highlighted by the national cuts of Byrd (56.20), Pinfold (56.42) and O'Donnell (56.95).

Badgers also dominated the prelims of the men's 200 free, claiming six of the top seven times. Matt Hutchins, Nick Caldwell (1:50.75) and Michael Weiss (1:51.70) finished one-two-three and each did so in record time, as Hutchins claimed the top mark and set a then-pool record time of 1:50.38.

For Hutchins, a Christchurch, New Zealand, native, it ranked as the sixth-fastest time this year among New Zealand competitors.

Weiss later bested Hutchins' mark in the men's 200 free finals, however, and claimed one of his two events on the day. Clearing 1:50 and clocking in at 1:49.87, Weiss captured his first event and set a pool record in the process.

Badgers made it a clean sweep of the top five spots in the 200 free finals, as Hutchins finished second (1:50.61), followed by Caldwell (1:50.84), Cannon Clifton (1:53.00) and T.J. Thompson (1:53.18).

Claiming his second event in back-to-back fashion, Weiss got right back in the pool and won the men's 400-meter individual medley by clocking in at 4:24.25. Weiss had also earned a third-place finish the night prior in the 200-meter breaststroke.

The third day of competition at the 2014 Speedo Champions Series in Iowa City, Iowa, resumes Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. CT.

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