May 14, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- As the majority of the campus winds down for the end of the school year, Badgers senior swimmer Daniel Lester will embark on a journey only a select few will experience in their lives.
Following a successful run this past season at the NCAA championships and a dominant performance at the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in early May, Lester was named to the Australian National Team and will compete at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian from July 10-16.
“I am very happy and excited to have made the Australian World University Team,” Lester said. “Representing my country has always been a dream and is also one of the many reasons I am in the sport.”
Lester inked his name in the Australian record books at the EnergyAustralian Swimming Championships on May 2 where he finished second in the 100-meter butterfly (52.14), the eighth-fastest time in that event in Australian swimming history.
The Brisbane, Australia native earned NCAA All-American accolades after his seventh-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Lester's time of 1:43.60 was the second- fastest in UW history, as he now owns both of Wisconsin’s top times in the event.
“It is a great honor to represent your country on an international stage and a great accomplishment for our program to send an athlete to the World University Games,” UW swimming and diving head coach Whitney L. Hite said. “At Wisconsin, we take pride in swimming fast, both short course at the NCAA championships, and long course at large international meets like the World University Games.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Dan and his accomplishment.”
In 2013, Lester guided the Badgers to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA championships, the fifth-best finish in Wisconsin history.
Lester will join former Badgers teammate and fellow senior Michael Weiss at the 2013 World University Games. Weiss was named to the U.S. squad in September.
“It is exciting that the Badgers will have two swimmers representing two different countries at one international meet,” Lester added. “It speaks to the quality of the program here at Wisconsin and also shows the depth and growth of the team as a whole.”