June 11, 2012
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. -- A total of six Badger swimmers claimed first-place finishes at the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational over the weekend, while nine other UW swimmers claimed top-three finishes.
Held at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., the Swimvitational served as a final tune up for the Badgers that will be attending the U.S. Olympic Trials which are being held in the same venue on June 25-July 2.
Michael Weiss led the way, claiming two first-place finishes in the 400-meter IM (4:27.33) and the 400 free (4:00.20). Weiss also raced to a time of 2:06.97 in the 200 IM, finishing second to Olympic gold medalist Darian Townsend.
Rebecka Palm had a strong showing at the Swimvitational, claiming three top-three finishes and posting three personal-best times. Palm won the 200 fly in 2:16.38, topping her previous personal best by five seconds, and placed second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.25. She also finished third in the 200 free with a personal best of 2:03.39. Palm also record a personal-best time in the 100 free, finishing in 57.20.
The other first-place finishers include Brittany Kimmitt in the 200 breast, Monika Stitski in the 400 IM and Ashley Wanland in the 100 Breast.
Kimmitt posted three personal-best times at the meet, including a time of 2:31.45 to win the 200 breast. Her other personal bests included a time of 1:11.29 in the 100 breast and a time of 2:21.69 in the 200 IM.
Stitski won the 400 IM by almost a full three seconds, finishing in 4:50.78 which was also a personal best. Stitski also claimed two sixth-place finishes in the 400 free (4:20.46, a personal best) and the 200 IM (2:23.01).
Wanland won the 100 breast, beating three-time Olympian Amanda Beard in the process, with a time of 1:08.74. She also claimed third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:33.30.
Rebecca Thompson took home two top-three finishes, placing second in the 50 free (25.55) and third in the 100 free (56.63). Her time in the 50 free was just .35 seconds behind first place. Both times were also personal bests for the senior.
Marcus Guttmann placed second in the 1500 free with a time of 16:10.91 and took fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.27. He also claimed fifth in the 400 free, clocking in at 4:03.53.
Drew TeDuits raced to a second-place finish in the 200 back, setting a new personal best with a time of 2:04.03. TeDuits finished second to Olympic silver medalist Matt Grevers and beat the 2012 NCAA 200 back champion Cory Chitwood.
Along with TeDuits, Hannah Ross finished second in the 200 back on the women's side with a time of 2:17.33, just .28 seconds behind first place.
Other notable finishes for Badger swimmers include: Danielle Beckwith taking fifth in both the 400 free (4:20.39) and 800 free (8:57.95), Aja Van Hout finishing fifth in the 400 IM (4:59.27), fifth in the 200 IM (2:20.57) and eighth in the 50 free (26.84), Ivy Martin finishing fourth in the 50 free (25.94), and Paulina Gralow finishing sixth in the 100 breast (1:12.49).