CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Wisconsin swimming and diving head coach Whitney Hite has said repeatedly this season that his team is right where they need to be. The Badgers appeared to prove their coach right Friday night in Charlottesville, Va. with four swimmers posting NCAA qualifying times in competition against Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Senior Hannah Ross, sophomore Ivy Martin, sophomore DrewTeDuits and senior Dan Lester all recorded NCAA ‘B’ qualifying times in the first day of the two-day competition against the Hokies and Cavaliers. A ‘B’ qualifying time puts the swimmer in consideration for NCAA Championship competition.
The women trail UVA 83-48 after one day but hold a 78-53 advantage over VT. The Men trail Virginia 92-39 and Virginia Tech 86-45.
For the women, Ross won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.58, just .07 seconds off her season-best, recording her third NCAA qualifying time this season.
Sophomore Ivy Martin placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 49.81, her best performance in the event this season. Her sister, senior Ruby Martin, placed second in the event.
Meanwhile, freshman Jenny Holtzen took third in the 1650-yard freestyle with her second-best time this year, 16:48.70. Freshman Colleen Konetzke and sophomore Carolina Palm took fourth and fifth in the event.
Senior Paulina Gralow grabbed a second-place finish, recording a time of 2:18.31 in the 200-yard breaststroke, with freshman Anna Meinholz placing third in the event. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ivy and Ruby Martin, sophomore AjaVan Hout and senior Laura Miller placed second with a time of 3:22.21—the second-best time in that event for the women this season.
For the men, sophomore Drew TeDuits grabbed the title in the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.52), also claiming his third ‘B’ qualifying time in the event this year. Senior Dan Lester took second place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:47.84—also his third ‘B’ qualifying time in that event this season.
Meanwhile, sophomore and newcomer Nick Schafer placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke. The Brisbane, Australia native and mid-season transfer finished with a time of 2:01.45.
The men also recorded their second-best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay this season. Lester, senior Michael Weiss, senior Garrett Mulchrone and sophomore Damon Zito turned in a time of 3:03.72, good for fifth place.
The Badgers return to the pool to wrap up competition against Virginia and Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon.