Feb. 28, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three more school records fell for the Badgers as the Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team continued its run through the Big Ten Championships Thursday in Bloomington, Ind.
“We had a heck of a day,” head coach Whitney Hite said. “Really, really great morning and then even better night. To be sitting at sixth place is awesome.”
A day after leading the 800-yard relay team to a new school record and setting an individual record of his own in the 200-yard freestyle, senior Michael Weiss broke his own school record in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday.
Weiss swam to second place in the event with a time of 4:14.07, shattering his old record by nearly three seconds. The time also automatically qualifies Weiss for the NCAA Championships. Michigan swimmer and US Olympic Team member Connor Jaeger won the event with a time of 4:13.44.
“I can’t say enough about Michael’s performance in the 500,” Hite said.” To get second to a U.S. Olympian and setting a new school record is phenomenal.”
The Badgers were not finished rewriting the record books though, taking down two more school records with a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Weiss, senior Dan Lester and sophomore Drew teDuits and Nick Schafer swam to an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:10.29. That time broke the old school record of 3:11.81 set back in 2002.
Additionally, teDuits set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke in the lead-off leg of the medley relay with a time of 46.81. The time broke a 2005 record by .05 seconds.
“The relay was just awesome,” Hite said. “A new school record and teDuits leading off with a school record in the 100 back. That brings our total to five new school records in two days. It just keeps on coming and we’re just doing a great job. It’s a lot of fun.”
Meanwhile, Lester grabbed an 11th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:45.57, an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time.
With the team’s performances Thursday, the Badgers moved up one place in the standings, finishing the day in sixth place with 101 points. Michigan still leads the conference championships with 316 points through two days.
“Well we’re just going to keep it rolling,” Hite said. “We have some good mojo and we’re doing a really nice job of just competing. We’re certainly going to do everything we can to fight for Wisconsin and get as many points as we can and move on to NCAAs with as many people as we can.”
Wisconsin heads back to the pool tomorrow for the third of four days of competition.