July 20, 2014
• Meet Results || Day One Recap || Day Two Recap || Day Three Recap
MADISON, Wis. -- Ivy Martin posted the third-fastest time by an American this year in the 50-meter freestyle, while Wisconsin Aquatics lapped the competition for the combined team title and stole the show at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center on Sunday.
An all-around outstanding weekend of competition for Wisconsin Aquatics in Iowa City, Iowa, the group dominated the combined team title and tallied 1,539 points to finish well ahead of Nasa Wildcat Aquatics (462) and Minnesota Aquatics (410).
"We had a really good weekend," head coach Whitney Hite said of the group's performance. "We wanted to come out and show what we could do and I thought we performed very well. We got some more people to nationals and that's always a good thing. We're now taking 18 total to nationals, which is a large group. We had over 60 personal-best times at this meet. We broke five team records. We're very pleased with what we accomplished this weekend."
One of the many memorable performances by Badgers came from Martin on Sunday, as the sophomore made a statement in the 50 free and earned her second win of the weekend. Martin clocked in at 25.10 to win the event, followed behind by teammate Chase Kinney (25.81) who finished second.
Martin's time in the 50 free not only went down as a new pool and meet record, it marked the third-fastest time by an American this year. Martin's time trailed only Madison Kennedy (24.78) and Natalie Coughlin (24.97).
"She's in a real good place," Hite said after Martin's performance. "With two more weeks of rest (before nationals), the expectation is she'll be better. Last time she swam (at nationals) in Irvine she had a lot of success."
On the men's side, Michael Weiss earned his third win of the meet posting the fastest time in the men's 200-meter individual medley. Weiss won with a time of 2:04.06 in the final, while teammate Drew teDuits claimed a second-place finish in 2:04.45.
Sean Maloney claimed the 1500-meter freestyle, touching first in 15:59.23. Teammate Nick Caldwell was just behind and finished second in 16:00.12.
The men's "A" relay team also prevailed in the 400-meter medley relay, as Austin Byrd, Jake Mandli, Harrison Tran and Brett Pinfold finished in 3:47.22 to win the event. The "B" relay team of Ryan O'Donnell, Sean Maloney, Matt Hutchins and Damon Zito finished third in 3:52.42.
In all individually, the Badgers came away with 11 new national cuts over the weekend. A total of 18 Badgers have qualified for nationals and will now prepare for the upcoming 2014 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships held in Irvine, California, Aug. 6-10.
"We're excited about the guys and girls that are continuing on to nationals," Hite said. "We know we've got more in the tank. We know that pool. We'll be swimming faster and see what we can do."