UW Health Sports Medicine 

Badgers Shine in Hawaii



The mens and womens swimming and diving teams placed in every event in their dual meet against Hawaii on Friday afternoon at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The Badgers swam in 26 events, winning 11 and placing second in eight. As a result, the UW women crushed the Wahine 150-89, while the UW men breezed by the Warriors 106-53.

Minnesota also competed in the triangular but did not directly face the Badgers, who improved to 9-1 (women) and 5-4 (men).

On the womens side, Jennifer Illescas won the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:07.55) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.43) and came in third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.27). Meanwhile, Andrea Wiesner was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.11) and nabbed third in both the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.11) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.17).

Anna Trinidad also finished with a pair of first-place finishes, claiming titles in the 100-yard freestyle (51.72) as well as the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:29.31) along with teammates Susan Johnson, Jackie Vavrek and Amalia Sarnecki. Trinidad also earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:04.10).

On the mens side, Scott Rice earned second-place finishes in the 200-yard IM (1:55.48), the 200-yard butterfly (1:51.69) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:05.12) along with teammates Tom Molzahn, Mike Desautels, and Kyle Sorensen. Sorensen also won the 50-yard freestyle (21.24), while Molzahn finished first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:32.94).

Also leading the men was Michael Hamm, who finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:36.29) and third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.57). Mike Hopkins finished third in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.39), while teammates Eric Johnson (2:07.37) and Brett Koerten (2:08.69) finished second and third in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Senior Amanda Witte and sophomore Justin Bonner led the way for the divers at the Hawai`i Diving Invitational at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Sunday.

Witte ended the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 1-meter board (244.55) and the 3-meter board (235.80), while sophomore Justin Bonner earned second-place in the 1-meter board (247.65) and the 3-meter board (232.75).

Diving coach Josh Seykora noted that both Amanda Witte and Kelly Todd had an exceptional meet. Finishing fourth, behind three outstanding divers, was huge for Amanda. She really did well, especially since she just recovered from two stress fractures, said Seykora. Kelly Todd is really starting to put the pieces together. I was very happy with his diving this weekend.

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