The Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team earned three NCAA B times and a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, on day two of the Big Ten championships Friday night at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The Badger men were led by the relay team of Tom Molzahn, Scott Rice, Michael Desautels and Mike Swanson, all of whom collectively earned third place in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Their NCAA "B" time of 6:34.75 relay team crushed their previous best time of 6:39.24 by almost five seconds.
In addition, the 200-yard medley relay team of Tommy Gregory, Eric Johnson, Scott Rice and Kyle Sorenson finished sixth in their event with an NCAA B time of 1:29.25, beating their previous best time by just over three seconds.
We ended the night with a really nice 800-yard relay, said head coach Eric Hansen. Our relay teams are young, and their performances tonight say a lot about their competitiveness.
Other top performances came from Molzahn, who finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle with an NCAA B time of 1:37.50, which was more than two seconds faster then his previous best.
Molzahn, Johnson and Rice had a solid night, said Hansen. I was really happy with the way they competed.
Meanwhile, Brett Koerten finished 11th in the 400-yard IM (3:57.43), while Rice finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly (48.40); both swimmers notched their fastest times of the year.
The diving team did not qualify anyone on the 3-meter board finals. Kelly Todd was UW's high finisher; he took 17th in the prelims with 273.55 points.
Wisconsin now sits in seventh place with 169 points, while Indiana leads the way with 497.5 points.
The Badgers return to action tomorrow, with the prelims beginning at 11 a.m. CT, and finals at 6 p.m.