Badgers break two school records, earn NCAA qualifying time


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Feb. 27, 2013

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BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- The Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team set two new school records and qualified a relay team for the NCAA Championships the Big Ten Championships Wednesday in Bloomington, Ind.

The Badgers grabbed a new school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of6:23.98, good for fourth place.

The time also bested the team’s previous season top mark by nearly 15 seconds and earned the relay team a spot in the NCAA Championships at the end of March.

“The 800-free relay was simply outstanding,” head coach Whitney Hite said.

The relay team consisted of seniors Michael Weiss, Dan Lester and Garrett Mulcrhone along with junior Tyler Hines.

The time beat the old school record of 6:26.07 set last season by Weiss, Lester, Mulchrone and Wes Lagerhausen.

Weiss also won himself a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle, leading off the 800-free relay. His time of 1:34.66 beat his old school record of 1:34.99 set just over a year ago.

“Two school records out of one race, you can’t ask for more than that,” Hite said. “They made the ‘A’ cut, just a great job of racing. Just really, really proud of them and the way they competed tonight.”

Wisconsin finished ninth in the 200-yard medley relay as well on Wednesday, the only other event of the evening. The sophomore trio of Drew teDuits, Nicholas Schafer and Damon Zito teamed up with Lester to finish in a time of 1:27.54, besting the team’s previous season low by over two seconds.

“We had two really great relays,” Hite said. “Drew’s leadoff on the medley was great. There aren’t too many guys in the country that can go that fast, so just a great sign of things to come.”

Michigan won both relay events Wednesday to take an early lead in the Championships with 80 points. The Badgers finished the day with 48 points, just six points out of fourth place.

“I think with just two events, we’re just backing out of the driveway,” Hite said. “Certainly it bodes well. We swam well tonight; we’re going to swim well the entire weekend.”

The Big Ten Championships will continue over the next three days, concluding on Saturday. Thursday’s action will begin at 10 a.m. CT with preliminary rounds, followed by finals at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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