Sept. 4, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Juniors Drew teDuits, Ivy Martin and Nick Caldwell, along with 2013 UW graduate Michael Weiss, were all named to the 2013-14 U.S. National Swimming Team roster, USA Swimming announced on Tuesday.
“To have one athlete named to the U.S. National Team is a great achievement, but to have four Badgers have the opportunity to represent their country is an honor,” UW head coach Whitney L. Hite said. “I believe each of the four are more than deserving of spots on Team USA and will be great additions to what looks to be a loaded group of highly competitive swimmers.”
Of the four, Weiss and Martin earned top honors at the 2013 World University Games and 2013 U.S. Open, respectively. Weiss who also competed with Team USA at the FINA World Championships earlier this year in Kazan, Russia, earned gold in the 400-meter individual medley at the World University Games, achieving the honor in just his second international meet.
Martin capped off her summer with a gold-medal performance in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2013 U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif., in August. The junior earned a Big Ten title in 2013 and was also named an NCAA All-American.
“This bodes well for the direction our program is looking to move to,” Hite said. “It is always great to be able to represent not only your country but the entire state of Wisconsin on the national and international stage.”
teDuits and Caldwell will be the headliners for the Badgers’ men’s team in 2013. The 2013 NCAA champion in the 200-year backstroke, teDuits will join Ryan Lochte, Tyler Clary and Ryan Murphy, among others, on the squad’s 200 backstroke corps.
Caldwell, a transfer from Florida, was a member of the USA Junior National Team and 2010 Junior Pan-Pacific Team, capturing gold in the 400 free at the 2010 Pan-Pacific Junior Championship in Maui, Hawaii.
“Being named to the national team means you are the elite of the elite,” Hite added. “I couldn’t be more proud of Ivy, Michael, Drew, and Nick.
“They embody what our program represents and I am thrilled for them and this program.”
Wisconsin’s four student-athletes ties for second most U.S. National Team members of any combined program in the country.