The University of Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team posted a convincing win Friday, defeating in state rivals University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with scores of 152.5-89.5, and 18855, respectively.
The men won nine of 13 events led by senior Eric Wiesner (Montrose, Calif.) taking first in three events. The team showed strength by having a swimmer finish in the top three in all events.
Wiesner was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team, winning with a time of 3:33.45 consisting of Nick Bennet, Will Weeks and Scott Speer. Wiesner also won both the 50-yard freestyle (20.94) and the 200-yard backstroke in 1:51.02.
For not having team leaders Tim Liebhold and Adam Mania, I was pretty happy with the performance,said head coach Eric Hansen. We are a very young team, and there are a lot of things we need to do to get ready for our next meet.
Sophomore Tom Molzahn won two events, the 200-yard IM (1:56.80) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.38). Taylor Mathis took first in the 1000-yard freestlye (9:58.40), while Michael Hamm finished first in the 200-yard freestyle. Also winning events for Wisconsin was Nick Bennet in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.35) and Brett Koerten in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.11).
Joey Weber of the Pheonix was the lone individual swimmer with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.62. Along with Weber, the UW-Green Bay 400-yard freestyle relay team won with the time 3:14.55.
Twin brothers, Josh and Justin Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa.) performed well in their first collegiate diving meet. In the 1-meter competition, Josh took second place with a score of 220.95 and brother Justin finished third with 214.82.
UW-Green Bays Phillip Zumstein won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions with scores of 232.45 and 232.70, respectively.
The Badgers continue to practice in preparation for their next meet Oct. 22-23 in Iowa City, Iowa against the Iowa Hawkeyes.