Nov. 11, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's women's swimming and diving teams earn their first conference win against Northwestern, overpowering the Wildcats 163-132. The Badger men fought for a similar result, but came up short 161-121.
The Badgers started the meet striking Northwestern with a one-two finish in the women's 200-yard medley relay. Junior Ruby Martin and sophomore Rebecka Palm joined seniors Ashley Wanland and Beckie Thompson as Wisconsin's `A' relay, posted a NCAA B qualifying time of 1:41.76. The time is the Big Ten's fourth best of the season and NCAA's 13th best this season.
Wisconsin's `B' relay of Julie Calvert, Ivy Martin, Laura Miller, and Amie Osten touched the wall a little less than three seconds later to finish second with a time of 1:44.20.
For the Badger men, Wes Lagerhausen, Dan Lester, Michael Weiss and Garrett Mulchrone finished with a time of 1:32.51 in Wisconsin's `A' relay, less than two seconds away from first place.
Badger senior Danielle Beckwith and sophomore Jennah Haney swept the top spots in the 1000 free, giving Wisconsin another one-two finish early in the dual. Beckwith also owned the 500 free, finishing ahead of the pack with a time of 4:55.69. Freshman Aja Van Hout seized second in 4:58.36.
Only a second behind first, sophomore Tyler Hines finished the 1000 free with a time of 9:33.22 for the Wisconsin men. Fellow Badger Andew Nielsen took third and Austin Cox placed fourth.
Wisconsin went on to dominate the 200 free in both the men's and women's races. Coming off of a stand-out performance in Arizona last weekend, Weiss topped competition once again, finishing first in 1:39.10. Miller also earned the top spot, touching the wall in 1:50.21.
Weiss continued to excel, touching first in the men's 500 free with a time of 4:41.26. Cox and freshman Damon Zito finished in second and third, respectively. Weiss finished the meet undefeated in his individual events, ending with a first place finish in the 400 IM.
With the women still undefeated in their events, Osten led another sweep for Wisconsin in the 100 back, claiming victory with a time of 57.04. Freshman Caroline Palm picked up second and sophomore Trisha Nelson came in third.
Mulchrone scored for the men in the event, missing first by 1.42 seconds. Mulchrone claimed second with a 50.90 finish.
Wanland posted yet another NCAA B qualifying time in the 100 breast, burying her competition with a first-place time in 1:01.77. She repeated her performance in the 200 breast, finishing first with another `B' time of 2:14.72.
Thompson also posted a NCAA B qualifying time in the 50 free. Thompson touched the wall first in 22.82, beating her own Big Ten top-time in the event, and tying the NCAA's fourth-best time of the season. Ivy Martin finished less than a second behind her teammate in 23.27 for second place.
The duo moved on to take the top consecutive spots in the women's 100 free. Thompson, touching the wall in 50.53, finished victorious again with Ivy Martin right behind her in second.
Lagerhausen finished only fingertips after the Wildcats in the men's 100 free, earning second with a time of 45.91, less than half a second behind first.
Badgers' Monika Stitski sustained the women's winning streak in the 200 back, posting a first-place time of 2:04.32.
Lester contributed another "W" to Wisconsin's scoreboard in the 100 fly as the Badgers took the top-three finishes in the event. Lester topped his competitors, finishing in 49.62, trailed by junior Marcus Guttmann in second and junior Brandon O'Donnell in third. Lester also took second in the 200 fly.
In the women's 100 fly, Wisconsin sophomore Rebecka Palm earned first with a time of 56.03.
The men finished strong with one last Wisconsin sweep in the 400 free relay. Wisconsin's `A' relay of Lagerhausen, Lester, Jeff Morris and Mulchrone touched the final wall in 3:03.50, claiming first. The `B' relay of Cox, Keegan Kampschroer, Andrew Nielsen, and Zito came in second, and the `C' relay of Guttmann, Hines, Lambrechts and Alex Riegert took third.
In women's diving, junior Roxanne Fitter took third on both the one and three meter boards.
The Badgers take a break from competition until December, when they will travel to Austin, Texas to take part in the Texas Invitational on Dec. 1-3. Conference action resumes with the Big Ten Quad Duals in January.