March 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Senior Michael Weiss earned his second first-team All-America honor of the weekend Friday, finishing second in the 400-yard individual medley at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
Weiss was one of three Badgers to finish in the top 12 Friday, with senior Dan Lester placing 11th in the 100-yard butterfly and sophomore Drew TeDuits finishing 10th in the 100-yard backstroke. Lester and TeDuits were both named honorable mention All-Americans for their finishes. For Lester, it was his second honor in as many nights.
"I told the men today that we had three scoring swims for Wisconsin," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "And I would argue that it's been at least a decade since that's happened."
As a team, Wisconsin moved up two spots to 15th place at 48 points. The Badgers are the fifth-highest scoring Big Ten squad at the championships and just eight points out of 11th place.
"We're fighting for a top-15 finish and possibly as high as 12th," Hite said. "It's been a long time -- it's been a long, long time since we've done that at Wisconsin."
A night after placing sixth in the 500-yard freestyle, Weiss claimed his top finish ever at an NCAA championships -- second place in the 400 IM. Weiss entered the weekend with the top time in the country at 3:39.17 and just narrowly missed that mark finishing in 3:39.61 Friday.
"Thirteen months ago, the guy wasn't on anyone's radar; nobody knew who he was," Hite said of Weiss. "Now he's on the U.S. National Team and has his second top-eight finish of the meet."
Georgia freshman Chase Kalisz won the event with a time of 3:38.05. Weiss has now scored 31 points for the Badgers through two days. In fact, if Weiss was his own team, he would sit in 22nd-place overall in the standings.
TeDuits broke his own school record in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday with a time of 45.99. The mark crushes the old record of 46.81 which TeDuits set last month at the Big Ten championships.
"That kid just keeps getting faster," Hite said. "First time he gets to the meet and he's scoring points. There are not a lot of people doing that in this country."
Meanwhile, Lester just narrowly missed a school record with a time of 46.28 in the 100-yard butterfly finals. The performance followed a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley the night before.
"I told Dan today I was super proud of him," Hite said. "For him to come back and score in two events -- and I think he can score tomorrow - I am just really happy for him."
Sophomore Nick Schafer swam to a 30th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 53.98, his third-fastest time of the season and just .41 seconds off the school record.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Wisconsin finished 23rd at 6:28.43 -- the second-fastest time for the Badgers this season. Weiss led off the relay with a split time of 1:36.44, the third-fastest time in a 200-yard freestyle on the team this year.
Michigan remains atop the leader board with 336 points, followed by California at 301.5.
The Badgers finish the NCAA championships Saturday with three more events, including the 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard butterfly.
The Badgers are searching for their top performance at an NCAA championships since a ninth-place finish in 1960.
Preliminaries start at 10 a.m. (CT) with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. (CT). The finals will be broadcast live on ESPN3.