The Wisconsin swimming and diving teams performed well on day one of the Big Ten Quad Duals at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, as the women placed in seven of their 10 events, winning three, while the men finished in the top five in six events.
The Badger women ended up with a commanding lead over Illinois, 153-52, but are behind Purdue and Minnesota; the Badger men are also trailing Minnesota and Purdue.
Overall I was pleased with how we performed tonight, head coach Eric Hansen said. Although we are down a bit on both sides, I am confident we will finish strong tomorrow.
Freshman Yi Ting Siow had a standout performance tonight, earning titles in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:03.62) and the 200-yard IM (2:02.56). Those two events also saw Amalia Sarnecki take second (1:04.10 in the 100 breast), Anna Trinidad finish third (2:04.04 in the 200 IM) and Andrea Wiesner claim fourth (2:04.17 in the 200 IM).
Another UW freshman, Jennifer Illescas, had a strong showing, finishing fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:12.39) and third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.23). Senior Emily Carpenter also ended day one on a strong note, finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.54) and third in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:28.98), along with teammates Trinidad, Siow, Susan Johnson.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Sarah Hernandez swam her way to victory with a time of 23.61, and teammate Jackie Vavrek finished fourth at 23.88.
On the men's side, Scott Rice won the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.36) and finished fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.91), along with teammates Eric Johnson, Tommy Gregory and Kyle Sorensen. Sorensen also earned third in the 50-yard freestyle (20.97), while Tom Molzahn finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.76).
Senior Amanda Witte finished fourth in the one-meter board (225.20) and seventh on the three-meter board (227.65) to lead the Wisconsin diving squad. Meanwhile, Laura Davidson finished fifth on the three-meter board (235.49), and Kelly Todd paced the men's side with a ninth-place showing on the one-meter board (190.70).
"I was pretty happy with how we did," said diving coach Josh Seykora. "The team is working really hard and we are only going to improve. Kelly Todd and Amanda Witte both had extremely solid meets."
Competition continues tomorrow at noon.