Badgers close Big Tens with more consideration marks


ON WISCONSIN <b>Senior Jesse Stipek placed sixth in the 200 back, his best-ever finish at the Big Tens in the event.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Senior Jesse Stipek placed sixth in the 200 back, his best-ever finish at the Big Tens in the event.
ON WISCONSIN

Feb. 26, 2011

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The 2011 Big Ten Championships is in the books, and the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team added five NCAA consideration times in Saturday night's finals at the University Aquatic Center.

"I was pretty happy with our whole body of work," head coach Eric Hansen said. "We just missed seventh [place] but we missed on some opportunities.

"The future is exciting with so much strength in our sophomore class, and I feel pretty confident that we can have three sophomores going to NCAAs in individual events. It's something solid we can build on."

One night after breaking the school record in the 100 fly, sophomore Dan Lester was back in the pool on Saturday looking for a similar outcome in the 200 fly.

The Brisbane, Australia started in fourth place after the first 50 yards but worked his way up to third at the halfway mark. He maintained that position at 150 yards, but ultimately ended in fifth place with an NCAA consideration time of 1:44.50.

In the same 200 fly event, Kyle Thompson swam to a first-place finish in the `C' finals, while teammate Chris Wiederecht was right behind him in second.

If the race ends up being the last for Thompson, who is a senior, he went out on a high note. He swam to a career-best time of 1:46.86 to earn an NCAA `B' time. Wiederecht, a sophomore, came in at 1:49.33.

Also in the 200 fly, Marcus Guttmann took eighth in the consolation finals by swimming to a time of 1:49.71.
Like Lester, senior Jesse Stipek also represented Wisconsin in a finals event.

Competing in the 200 back, the University Place, Wash., native earned the best finish of his career at the Big Ten Championships by placing sixth with an NCAA `B' time of 1:45.04. The sixth-place finish bested the 13th-place result he achieved a year ago.

In the 200 breaststroke, Sam Rowan continued his strong performance on the weekend by taking second in the consolation final.

The sophomore was in third place at the halfway mark and again at the three-quarters mark, but used a strong final 50 yards to come in at 1:58.76. The time is a personal-best and an NCAA `B' time and was just .46 off of the school record of 1:58.30 set by Derrick O'Donnell on Feb. 28, 2009.

Competing in the `C' final, Dirk Lambrechts earned a sixth-place finish by touching the wall at 2:03.

Wisconsin closed out the championships by placing seventh in the 400 freestyle relay. Michael Weiss, Wes Lagerhausen, Lester and Tariq Miller finished the event in a `B' time of 2:56.53.

As a team, UW finished in eighth place for the second year in a row.

The Badgers close out their season in exactly one month at the 2011 NCAA Championships, March 24-26, at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Big Ten Championships Breakdown

School Records

- 500 Freestyle: Michael Weiss (4:19.68)
- 100 Fly: Daniel Lester (46.46)

NCAA 'B' Cut Times

- 50 Freestyle: Wes Lagerhausen (20.13)
- 200 Freestyle: Weiss (1:36.30)
- 500 Freestyle: Weiss (4:19.68)
- 100 Fly: Lester (46.46); Garrett Mulchrone (48.09)
- 200 Fly: Lester (1:43.98); Marcus Guttmann (1:46.42), Kyle Thompson (1:46.86)
- 100 Back: Jesse Stipek (48.40)
- 200 Back: Stipek (1:44.94)
- 100 Breast: Matt Pircon (55.08); Tariq Miller (55.13)
- 200 Breast: Sam Rowan (1:58.76)
- 200 IM: Lester (1:45.63); Rowan (1:47.09)
- 400 IM: Rowan (3:47.85)
- 200 Medley Relay: Stipek, Pircon, Lester, Lagerhausen (1:27.02)
- 400 Medley Relay: Stipek, Lambrechts, Lester, Lagerhausen (3:12.55)
- 200 Freestyle Relay: Lagerhausen, Pircon, Weiss, Mulchrone (1:21.19)
- 400 Freestyle Relay: Weiss, Lagerhausen, Lester, Miller (2:56.53)
- 800 Freestyle Relay: Weiss, Lester, Lagerhausen, Miller (6:30.49)

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