The University of Wisconsin mens swimming and diving team started their two day competition in Iowa Friday night. They are looking to continue their strong start tomorrow, with a 123-80 lead over the University of Iowa after the first days events.
The men got a quick start, finishing in first place in seven of the nine events. Senior Tim Liebhold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) had two first place finishes leading the men to a solid lead tonight. Liebhold won the 100-yard backstroke (50.54) as well as the 200-yard IM (1:51.78).
Co-Captain Adam Mania (Hickman, Neb.) also took first in two events, helping the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Mania, Tom Molzahn (Barrington, Ill.), Mike Swanson (Lancaster, Pa.) and Eric Wiesner (Montrose, Calif.) win with a time of 3:03.93 and finishing first in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.86).
The team swam well in certain races, said head coach Eric Hansen. I am really happy with the progress we made today, and we look to keep on improving.
Other men finishing first, were Swanson in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:38.08), Molzhan in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.84) and Wiesner in the 50-yard freestyle (20.84).
Twin brothers Josh and Justin Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa.) were once again very strong on both diving boards. Josh took first on both boards with a score of 286.20 on the 1-meter, and 253.24 on the 3-meter. Justin took second on the 1-meter (284.56), and teammate Ben Raznick (Boulder, Colo.) took 2nd on the 3-meter board (249.90)
The Bonner boys are taking huge steps forward every week and are really starting to bring what they work on in practice to the meets, said diving coach Josh Seykora. After a head injury last week on the board, Josh Bonner came back and had a big day on both boards.
The team will continue action against the Hawkeyes again tomorrow at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.