COLUMBUS, OHIO – Twelve individual and relay performances matched NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards for the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams Saturday at the Ohio State Invitational.
The men stand in sixth place while the women finished Saturday in fourth place after two days of competition.
Seven individual and relay events for the Badger women met NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards Saturday night.
“With a large freshmen class there’s a lot of learning going on, but as I’ve always said, I’m not worried about the team standings or anything like that," UW head coach Whitney L. Hite said. "I’m more concerned with how this sets us up for the spring semester and I think we’re doing the right things and we’re doing them the right way.”
The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Ruby Martin, freshman Kate Criter, junior Rebecka Palm and sophomore Ivy Martin turned in a top performance with a fifth-place finish (1:40.18).
Palm also swam to a ‘B’ standard time of 54.14 in the 100-yardfreestlye, good for seventh place.
Sophomore Aja Van Hout claimed a sixth place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 4:16.27 while senior Monika Stitskialso turned in a ‘B’ standard time of 4:18.01, good for 14th place.
Freshman Anna Meinholz finished eighth with a time of 1:02.46 in the 100-yard breaststroke while senior Hannah Ross finished 12th in the 100-yard backstroke (54.99).
“The results today weren’t super spectacular but for where we are and for what we do as a program, I think we’re doing alright," Hite added.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin ‘A’ team of Rebecka Palm, Van Hout, senior Laura Miller and sophomore Ally Loper rounded out the day for the Badgers with a ninth- place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:18.93).
The Wisconsin men grabbed another five ‘B’ qualifying times, with senior Michael Weiss claiming two. Weiss took eighth in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 2:52.70. Weiss also helped the Badgers to a sixth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Senior Dan Lester, junior Tyler Hines and senior Austin Cox joined Weiss in a time of 6:36.65.
A pair of freshmen also turned in top performances in the 400-yard individual medley. Josh Anderson placed 13th (3:53.43) and John Bushman finished 14th with a time of 3:53.99.
Sophomore Drew TeDuits added to the Badgers’ scoring with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (48.59).
“I don’t think we’re discouraged -- we know how hard we have been working," Hite said. "Some people are having a tremendous amount of success and others are improving each time out.
"We just have to keep working hard and the positive results will come with it.”
The Badgers finish competition Sunday afternoon.