The Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team earned a pair of top-eight finishes and a NCAA B time, on the final day of competition at the Big Ten Championships Saturday night at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The Badgers were led by the 400-yard relay team of Michael Desautels, Tom Molzahn, Kyle Sorensen and Scott Rice. The team earned sixth placed, and finished with an NCAA B time of 2:58.39, beating their previous top time by just over three seconds.
In addition, Rice had another top performance in the in the 200-yard butterfly, placing seventh, with a time of 1:51.03.
I was happy with Scott Rices performance tonight, said head coach Eric Hansen. He had a great meet overall.
Meanwhile, three UW swimmers finished in the top-24 of the 200-yard backstroke. Mike Hopkins finished 12th (1:49.10), Ben Bruce placed 18th (1:50.54) and Nick Fulton earned 20th (1:50.77). All three swimmers notched their fastest times of the year.
I thought the team swam well this weekend, but we need to continue to build on what we have, mature, and put in a huge summer, said Hansen.
The diving team did not qualify anyone for the platform finals; however Justin Bonner was UW's high finisher, as he took 18th in the prelims with 253.55 points, setting new school record.
Diving coach Josh Seykora singled out Kelly Todd as having a good meet. Kelly approached this weekend with tenacity. He has a bright future and will help keep the program moving in the right direction, said Seykora. It was disappointing to walk away empty handed. We need to make the proper adjustments, rise up to the standard, and train harder.
Wisconsin ended the meet in seventh place, with 214 points. Indiana won with 760.5 points, while Minnesota took second (652) and Michigan grabbed third (525).
The Badgers will now wait to see if any of the NCAA "B" times get accepted as qualifying marks for the NCAA championships, held March 23-25 in Atlanta