Seniors Adam Mania (Hickman, Neb.) and Tim Liebhold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) both added another honor to their resume on the final day of the NCAAs at the University Aquatic Center. Mania earned his third career All-America honor, and Liebhold earned his third honorable mention All-America honor.
Mania and Liebhold both competed in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday. Mania finished in seventh place with a time of 1:43.75, and Liebhold finished in 16th with a time of 1:44.78.
These two guys did an amazing job this weekend, said head coach Eric Hansen. Having both our guys score in all of their events was a great way to finish the season. For only having two swimmers competing, taking 19th place says a lot about how hard these guys worked.
After the final day, Mania and Liebhold combined to score 45 points to give the Badgers their fifth straight top-20 performance at the NCAAs.
Mania finished the three-day meet with two All-America and one honorable mention All-America awards, while Liebhold finished with one All-America and two honorable mention All-America selections.
I am very proud of Adam (Mania) and Timmy (Liebhold), said Hansen. They did a great job, and had some great accomplishments this weekend.
Auburn won the overall team title with 491 points, while Stanford came in second with 414. At sixth with 240 points, Michigan was the highest-placing Big Ten team.
The Badgers have now concluded their 2004-05 season. In a week, several swimmers will compete in the World Championships and World University Games Selection Meet in Indianapolis.