March 2, 2013
• Results | Results
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team tracks 22 individual and relay team records. After the Big Ten Championships, which finished Saturday evening following four days of competition, only 13 of those records still stood.
With seven school records already smashed, the Badgers took down two more on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.
Sophomore Drew teDuits won a Big Ten Championship and broke his second school record this weekend in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:39.98. That time, which automatically qualifies teDuits for the NCAA Championships, broke the old school record set in 2005 by nearly three seconds.
“Another really great night for us,” Head coach Whitney Hite said. “Drew’s win was nothing short of thrilling. Anytime you can win an individual Big Ten Championship, it’s awesome. And what a race. I’m just so proud of him. He’s another home-grown kid from Madison, Wis.”
teDuits previously set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke earlier this weekend.
Fellow sophomore Nicholas Schafer also set his second school record of the meet. Schafer, who previously set a new school record in the 100-yard breaststroke this week, broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday. The Australian’s time of 1:55.40 marks an automatic qualification for the NCAA Championship and beats senior Michael Weiss’ 2012 school record by .38 seconds.
“Nick Schafer was awesome tonight,” Hite said.
Weiss, who broke three school records himself at the Big Ten Championships, finished the weekend with a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:55.97).
Meanwhile, senior Dan Lester, who performed phenomenally all weekend, placed seventh in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:45.52.
“The great thing about Dan Lester is you know what you’re going to get out of him,” Hite said praising his senior swimmer. “You’re going to get some big time points. I think a lot of times that gets overlooked. I know what I’m going to get out of Dan Lester and that’s great. That’s the definition of a stud. You don’t have to worry if he’s going to be on. Nope, I know exactly what I’m getting out of Dan Lester and it’s great.”
Lester was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished ninth Saturday. The team that also included Weiss, sophomore Damon Zito and freshman Tyler Hicks, finished with a time of 2:58.62.
The Badgers moved up a spot in the standings Saturday to grab a sixth-place finish at 277 points. Michigan, who led from start to finish, won the Big Ten Championship with 899 points. Indiana finished next closest with 664 points.
“We moved up from eighth last year, scoring 62 more points than last year,” Hite said. “That’s just a heck of a job. Could not be more proud of the guys on the team. It’s a great start for where this program is going and we’ve got four guys that made NCAAs plus another four that we will bring on relays. Last year we had two.”
“It met my expectations,” Hite said of the Badgers’ sixth-place finish this weekend. “I’m the toughest critic and I know I’m tough on the guys. So anytime we can meet my expectations, that’s a success.”
teDuits and Weiss were also named First Team All-Big Ten Saturday evening.
The NCAA Championships begin March 28 in Indianapolis.