The University of Wisconsin swimming and diving teams wrapped up the Big Ten Duals today in West Lafayette, Ind. The women's team swept their competition, while the men lost both of their duals.
The 8th ranked women beat Minnesota, 207-146; Illinois, 234-119 and Purdue, 210-143. The 18th ranked men fell to Minnesota, 268-85 and Purdue, 212-141. After both days of competition, the women won a total of 14 out of 16 events, winning all the swimming events.
Leading the way for the women was junior Anna Trinidad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) taking first in three events on the second day of competition. Trinidad took first in the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.77) earning an NCAA "B" time, was part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.31) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:25.44).
"Our women proved that they can be better than ever before," said head coach Eric Hansen. "They have the potential to have their best year as long as we stay healthy."
The men's team struggled and was not able to win an event on the second day of competition, but had a strong performance from senior Eric Wiesner (Montrose, Colo.). Wiesner took third in the 100-yard freestyle (45.34), second with the 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:22.51) and second with the 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:01.17).
Concluding the diving competition, Cassie Kubly (Middleton, Wis.) took fifth on the 3-meter board with a score of 430.60, while Ben Raznick (Boulder, Colo.) took eighth on the 1-meter board (241.45) for the men.
"Cassie dove very well and had one of her best weekends," said head diving coach Josh Seykora. "With our young team we are almost to the place we need to be for the Big Ten Championships."
The Badgers will next be in action on Friday, Feb. 4th at the UW-Natatorium starting at 5 p.m. The teams will compete in an intra-squad scrimmage to help them prepare for the Big Ten Championships.