The University of Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team posted a convincing win Thursday, defeating Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a triple-dual competition with scores of 162-80, and 201-42, respectively. Junior Tom Molzahn led the Badgers with two individual wins.
Everyone has been training so hard and I'm really pleased with the progress we have made, but we're so young, it's just nice to see everybody come together as a team, Eric Hansen, head swimming coach, said. We swam inspired. We are a totally different team than we were last week because this really meant something to these kids. Especially on the men's side, I think they felt like they had something to prove.
Molzahn (Barrington, Ill.) took a first-place finish in the 200-yard free (1:41.50) and 500-yard free (4:34.89). He also helped lead the 400-yard free relay team to victory (3:07.35), joining freshmen Kyle Sorensen (Palatine, Ill.), Rice (Des Moines, Wash.), and Mike Desautels (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.).
Rice was also a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:28.29), comprised entirely of freshmen, including Mike Hopkins (Wilmington, Del.), Eric Johnson (Federal Way, Wash.), and Sorensen. Both Rice and Sorensen took individual wins in the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.20) and 50-yard free (21.22), respectively.
On the men's side, we are just trying to grow and learn as quickly as we can, and learn, Hansen said. Tom Molzahn has obviously improved. He is one of our team captains and really has leadership in the water. I also think Scott Rice, Kyle Sorenson, and Mike Desautels are really key performers for us right now.
Desautels took first in the 100-yard freestyle (46.77), while Hopkins finished first in the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.82).
On the boards, sophomore Josh Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa.) continued to lead the Badgers, taking first in the 3-meter with a score of 230.33.
I thought we competed well, Josh Seykora, head diving coach, said. Our level of performance is obviously not where we want it to be and our focus was a bit of an issue but we are still headed in the right direction. Compared to last week, I thought we were a lot more focused and we stood up and did what we had been training for.
The Badgers return to action Oct. 28-29 in a dual meet at Arizona.
The next home meet for the Wisconsin men is slated for Nov. 10 against Northwestern.