The University of Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team racked up three top-five performances, five NCAA B times and six new top times after day one of the Big Ten championships at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Today was a great start to what we want to do, said head coach Eric Hansen. As a group, we showed guts.
Leading the way for the men was the 200-freestyle relay team of Kyle Sorenson, Tom Molzahn, Michael Desautels and Dan Rowlands, who finished fifth in their event with an NCAA B time of 1:20.11, crushing their previous top time of 1:22.38. Meanwhile, the 400-yard medley relay team of Tommy Gregory, Eric Johnson, Rice and Desautels finished eighth, earning an NCAA B time of 3:17.15.
Molzahn had another fine performance, finishing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with an NCAA B time of 4:22.71, beating his fastest time this year by almost eight seconds.
I was pleased with Molzahns and Kyles performances, said Hansen. Our relay teams also had a great night.
The other three new top times came in the 50-yard freestyle, as Sorenson took seventh place with an NCAA B time of 20.31, and Desautels earned 16th in 20.89. Scott Rice finished 14th in the 200-IM with an NCAA B time of 1:49.56, two seconds faster than his previous best.
The diving squad did not qualify anyone in the 1-meter top 16; however, diving coach Josh Seykora mentioned that he was impressed with Kelly Todds performance.
Kelly started out strong and just had a rough last two dives, said Seykora. Kelly is setting himself up to be a player in the upcoming years.
UW now sits in seventh place with 80 points; Minnesota leads with 187.5 points.
The Badgers return to action tomorrow, with the prelims beginning at 11 a.m. CT, and finals at 6 p.m.