The Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team defeated UW-Green Bay 140-95 Friday at the UW Natatorium in the opener to the 2005-06 season. Freshman Scott Rice led the Badgers with wins in the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. Sophomore Brett Koerten also picked up two victories for Wisconsin, claiming the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke.
It was fun to see everyone compete for the first time this season, especially the huge group of freshman we have, Eric Hansen, Wisconsin head coach, said. Obviously, it shows we have a lot of work to do. We werent very fast, but we came together as a team. We are starting a week earlier than we have before, so we arent quite where we need to be. We open the Big Ten season next Thursday things will start to come together.
Rice, a native of Des Moines, Wash., won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:53.83. Junior co-captain Tom Molzahn (Barrington, Ill.) finished second in the event (1:53.98). Rice picked up his second win of the day in the 500-yard freestyle with a mark of 4:42.54.
Scott had two first place finishes today, which was very impressive, Hansen said.
Koerten finished the 200-yard IM in 1:58.00 and also won the 200-yard breaststroke with a mark of 2:11.55. Molzahn picked up a win of his own in the 1000-yard freestyle, crossing the finish line with a time of 9:39.42, almost 11 seconds in front of the second-place finisher.
Freshman Kyle Sorensen (Palatine, Ill.) earned the first win of his Badger career in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing the event in 21.63. Michael Desautels (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Mike Hopkins (Wilmington, Del), both freshmen as well, won the 100-yard freestyle (47.09) and 200-yard backstroke (1:54.25), respectively.
The Wisconsin squad made up entirely of freshman, including Nick Fulton (New Brighton, Minn.), Rice, Eric Johnson (Federal Way, Wash.) and Desautels, won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:36.86. Hopkins, Tommy Gregory (Cedarburg, Wis.), Will Weeks (Tucson, Ariz.) and Sorensen finished second in the event with a mark of 1:38.11.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Molzahn, Gregory, Dan Rowlands (Sheboygan, Wis.) and Sorensen also earned first-place honors, finishing the event in 1:26.26.
Sophomore Josh Bonner led the Badgers on the boards with a second-place finish on the 1-meter (228.90) and a second-place finish on the 3-meter (211.58).
We have a lot of work to do but we are light years ahead of last year, Josh Seykora, head diving coach, said.
Wisconsin will play host to in-state rival UW-Milwaukee and Big Ten foe Iowa at 4 p.m. Thursday in the UW Natatorium.