Year By Year Highlights
- Wisconsin begins its first year of competition in the four-team Big Ten conference, joining Illinois, Chicago and Northwestern. Ken Templeton wins the conference championship in the 100-yard breaststroke.
- Under the direction of head coach Chauncey Hyatt, the Badgers place third in their first conference meet after finishing the season with a 4-0 record.
- George Taylor finishes first in both the 100-yard breaststroke and backstroke events at the Big Ten meet, as Wisconsin places second.
- George Taylor claims the conference title in the 200-yard breaststroke, Harry Hindman takes over as head coach and the Badgers finished fourth.
- For the third straight year captain George Taylor wins a conference championship in the breaststroke. His victory in the 200-yard event paces the Badgers to a fourth-place conference finish.
- On the strength of a first-place finish by Edwin Schmidt in the 200-yard breaststroke, the Wisconsin swimmers finish fourth in the Big Ten.
- Edwin Schmidt wins the 200-yard breaststroke conference championship for the second straight year.
- The Badgers finish undefeated for the first time since 1912 with a 2-0 record and win the conference championship in the 160-yard medley relay. Captain Henry Biersach won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke, making it the fifth straight year the Badgers championed this event.
- Wisconsin ties for fourth place in the newly expanded seven-team conference, which added Iowa, Purdue and Minnesota. Presley Holmes wins the plunge event with a distance of 34.8 yards.
- John Koch becomes the first Badger to win a national championship, claiming the 200-yard breaststroke title. Joe Steinhauer takes over as head coach and leads the Badgers to a third-place finish in conference.
- Team captain John Koch leads the Badgers to a fifth place finish in conference by winning the 200-yard breaststroke.
- Riding a 5-0 record into the conference meet, the Wisconsin swimmers take second place in the Big Ten, their highest finish since 1913. Johnson Bennett was the Badgers’ top performer with victories in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. The Wisconsin 160-yard relay team also claimed first place.
- Johnson Bennett wins the national championship in the 100-yard freestyle event, becoming just the second Wisconsin swimmer to claim that title. Dick Ratliffe joins Bennett as an all-American, becoming the second and third Badgers to receive the honor. The team finished third in the conference meet with a dual meet record of 2-2.
- For the second straight year the Badgers have a national champion as captain Hugo Czerwonky wins the 200-yard breaststroke race at the NCAA Championships. In addition to claiming the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke, he was also the conference winner in the 150-yard backstroke.
- Wisconsin finishes second in conference for the second time in four years on the strength of the conference champion 160-yard relay team.
- With two individual victories, the Badgers place third at the Big Ten Championship meet. Clarence Hershberger is victorious in the 50-yard freestyle and Winston Kratz touches the wall ahead of the field in the 200-yard breaststroke.
- The Badgers field their third national champion as Winston Kratz claims the NCAA crown in the 200-yard breaststroke. The team finishes fourth in conference with a record of 4-2 in dual meets.
- Wisconsin finishes with a 1-5 record and did not qualify for the conference meet.
- The Badgers place fourth in the Big Ten meet.
- With a 2-3 record, the Wisconsin swimmers had a strong showing at the Big Ten meet, fin
- Wisconsin gets its first win in three years and finished with a record of 2-3. The team also qualifies for the conference meet for the first time since 1930, finishing in seventh place.
- The Badger swimmers fail to qualify for the Big Ten meet, but did manage to win three dual meets (against five losses), the highest team win total since the 1927 team recorded four wins.
- Wisconsin returns to the Big Ten rankings with a seventh-place finish at the conference meet.
- The Wisconsin swimming and diving team amasses its first winning record since 1927 by going 5-3 in dual meets. The team places seventh in the Big Ten.
- Joe Steinhauer enters his twentieth year as head coach at Wisconsin. The Badgers record a 6-2 record and their fifth-place finish in the Big Ten was their best in nine years.
- The Badgers record their first winning record (2-1) since 1939, and also had their highest Big Ten finish (sixth) since that same year.
- Wisconsin finishes with a 4-4 record and places seventh in the Big Ten.
- With their first winning record (5-4) in four years, the Badgers can not finish higher than seventh in conference.
- Wisconsin rides the backs of four all-Americans to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. Don Johnson, Bob Feirn, Alvo Cherne and Gerald Smith mark the first time in school history that the Badgers had more than two all-Americans in the same season. Cherne was also named to the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA) team for his fourth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.
- Head Coach Joe Steinhauer ends his 32-year coaching tenure at Wisconsin with an overall record of 81-114 in dual meets. Steinhauer's best seasons were is in 1922 when his team finished 5-0 and second in the Big Ten, and in 1950 when his team placed 13th nationally.
- John Hickman takes over as head coach and guides the Badgers to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Freshman James Lougee sets a national freshman record with a time of 1:01.7 and took fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke event, and was one of three all-Americans for Wisconsin. Jack Hoaglund and Bob Baker were the other two.
- For the second straight year James Lougee, Jack Hoaglund and Bob Baker are named to the all-American team. After placing seventh in the Big Ten, the Badgers did not score at the NCAA Championships, but their 300-yard medley relay team placed sixth nationally.
- Junior Jack Hoaglund set eight school records and was again named to the all-American team. His third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships helped Wisconsin place 13th overall, tying their highest finish in school history.
- Badger captain Jack Hoaglund completed a career sweep by receiving all-America honors for the fourth straight year. Hoaglund broke three school records and raced to a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships.
- Wisconsin struggles to a 1-6 season and a ninth-place finish in the Big Ten.
- For the second time in school history, Wisconsin places four swimmers on the all-America list en route to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Fred Westphal was the only individual honoree, following his fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle event. Kline Wilson, John Lechner and David Middleton joined Westphal as all-Americans by finishing fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
- The Badgers finish 11th nationally with all-American Fred Westphal placing second in the 50-yard freestyle. Westphal's time of 22.4 seconds was identical to that of the champion, Gary Morris of Iowa. Wisconsin's 400-medley relay team placed sixth in the national finals.
- Wisconsin claims its highest finish ever, placing ninth at the NCAA Championships. Team captain Fred Westphal is named to his third all-American team and is the national champion in the 50-yard freestyle event. In his qualifying trials Westphal swam to an NCAA record time of 21.9 seconds, tying the American record for the event.
- For the second straight season, the Badgers place ninth at the NCAA Championships, equaling their best finish. Sophomore all-American Ron McDevitt scored all of Wisconsin’s points at the NCAA meet by tying for second place in the 50-yard freestyle and finishing fourth in the 100-yard freestyle race.
- After finishing with a record of 3-4 and an eighth-place finish in the Big Ten, the Wisconsin swim team rode the back of junior all-American Ron McDevitt to a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. McDevitt’s fourth-place effort in the 100-yard freestyle was tops for the Badgers.
- Senior Ron McDevitt leads a team with four all-Americans to ninth place in the Big Ten. McDevitt, who earned all-America status for the third consecutive season was joined by fellow Badgers Bill Birmingham, Ron Herms and Nelson deJesus. The four Badgers combined to make up the 400-yard freestyle relay team which placed fourth in the Big Ten.
- With a record of 7-7, the Badgers post their highest win total in school history en route to a seventh place finish in the conference. Graham McMillan received all-America honors for his time of 22.1 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Head Coach John Hickman was elected president of the American Swimming Coaches Association.
- The Badgers swam to their first winning record in ten years with a record of 4-3 in dual meets. The team’s sixth-place finish in the Big Ten was also their highest conference finish since 1957. All-American Robert Blanchard won the Big Ten in the 100-yard breaststroke and also placed eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke and 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Championships.
- Wisconsin returned to the team competition at the NCAA Championship meet by placing 15th nationally. For the second time in as many years junior all-American Robert Blanchard led the team to a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten. Blanchard took third and sixth in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events nationally.
- Hickman’s Badgers finish 10th at the NCAA Championships. Robert Blanchard earns his third straight all-America nomination by winning the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke and taking second in the consolation of the 200-yard breaststroke. John Lindley and Julian Krug also join Blanchard with all-American honors for their efforts in the butterfly and diving events, respectively.
- With three all-Americans, Wisconsin places 15th nationally. John Lindley is the Big Ten champion in the 100-yard butterfly, Fred Hogan is the Big Ten runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle and diver Julian Krug finishes fourth nationally in three-meter diving.
- An 8-1 record in dual meet competition highlights one of the best seasons in Wisconsin history. The teams fourth-place finish in conference was the highest since 1926. Capturing 10th place at the NCAA Championships, the Badgers had six athletes named to the all-America team. Three-time all-American John Lindley won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard butterfly, Fred Hogan earned all-American status by placing second in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. Don Dunfield, Jim Hoyer, Julian King and Dan Schwerin rounded out the all-America team for Wisconsin.
- In the final season of head coach John Hickman’s 18-year campaign at Wisconsin, the Badgers finish fifth in conference and place 18th nationally. Fred Hogan received his third straight all-America honor when he placed second and third in the Big Ten in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. Fellow all-American Don Dunfield placed fifth at the NCAA Championships in the one-meter diving competition.
- Jack Pettinger takes over as head coach and leads the team to a dual meet record of 8-4 and a 14th-place finish nationally. Diver Don Dunfield earned all-American honors for the third straight season with his 14th place finish at the NCAA Championship. Captain Doug McOwen is also named to the all-American team.
- Wisconsin divers David Bush and Dick Schulze both received all-America status for their efforts at the NCAA Championship meet. Bush finished third in the three-meter and sixth in the one-meter while Schulze placed 11th from the three-meter height.
- Freshman Murphy Reinshreiber set three school records and finished tenth in the 400-yard individual medley event at the NCAA Championship meet. His records came in that event (4:08.88), the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.23) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.45).
- Wisconsin’s 11 wins is a new season high for dual meets. Murphy Reinshreiber and Gil Cyr score points for the Badgers at the NCAA Championships by each finishing 11th in the 200-yard butterfly and one-meter diving, respectively.
- The Badgers second-place finish in the Big Ten is the school’s highest finish since 1925, and their record of 14-1 in dual meets still stands as the winningest season in Wisconsin history. Paul Jarve sets a new Big Ten record in the 200-yard breaststroke event with a time of 2:08.69.
- Badgers take runner-up in the Big Ten as Indiana wins its 15th consecutive title. Niel Rogers brakes the school record in the 100-yard butterfly (:50.87) on his way to placing third in the conference. The 800-yard relay team of Brad Horner, Jeff Evans, Bruce Preston and Dan Striebel sets a new school record (6:51.52) and places third in the Big Ten.
- Senior Brad Horner earns all-America honors on his way to leading the Badgers to an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. Horner took fifth in the 200-yard butterfly and diver Gil Cyr placed eighth in the three-meter diving competition. Mike Imhoff was the Big Ten champion in both the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke.
- For the fourth straight season Wisconsin places second in the Big Ten. Gunnar Gundersen claims the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke. Jeff Marohl takes second in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, while Mike Imhoff is second in the 100-yard butterfly. The Badgers post 13 new school records throughout the season.
- Sophomore Brett Philips sets a school record and wins the Big Ten title in the 1650-yard freestyle race with a time of 15:34.21. Curt LaCount is also victorious 200-yard butterfly.
- All-American Curt Lacount leads the Badger effort at the Big Ten meet by championing the 200-yard butterfly race. He also takes second in the 100-yard butterfly and Jim Sorenson placed second in the individual medley.
- Wisconsin finishes sixth in the conference as Indiana won its 20th straight Big Ten crown. The Badgers set 17 school records on the year, among them Curt Reynolds, who places fourth in the Big Ten in the 200-yard individual medley.
- Badgers place third in Big Ten on the strength of three individual champions. All-American Lou Kammerer wins the 50-yard freestyle, Kevin Fober is victorious in the 200-yard butterfly and Dave Melville takes first in the 400-yard individual medley.
- Scoring all of the points for the Badgers at the NCAA Championships, diver Chris Chelich takes eighth place in the one-meter diving competition.