Senior captain Anna Trinidad led the way for the Badger women's swimming and diving team, while freshman Scott Rice led the way for the Badger men, on day one of the Texas Invitational at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Trinidad took third in both the 200-yard freestyle relay, and the 200-yard IM. The 200-yard freestyle relay team, including teammates Sarah Hernandez, Amalia Sarnecki and Jackie Vavrek, posted an NCAA B time of 1:31.86. Trinidad also earned an NCAA A time of 2:00.60 in the 200-yard IM.
Junior Andrea Wiesner, who took second in the 200-yard IM, also earned an NCAA A time of 2:00.06, while senior Sarah Hernandez earned an NCAA A time of 53.63 in the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly.
The Badger women also earned several NCAA B times. Freshmen Jen Illescas took third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:48.62, while senior Emily Carpenter took seventh with a time of 4:52.48.
Sarnecki and Hernandez earned NCAA B times as well. Sarnecki took fifth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:02.15 and Hernandez received fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.99.
The men were led by Rice, who earned 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay, along with teammates Kyle Sorensen, Tom Molzahn and Mike Desautels, in a time of 1:22.38. Rice also placed 12th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.21.
Molzahn also had a strong showing in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 4:30.01.
I was really pleased with the 'A' cuts we achieved tonight, said head coach Eric Hansen. We are off to a good start, but we have a lot of work to do.
Divers Josh Bonner and Amanda Witte both earned 10th place in the prelims, missing the finals by just a few points. Amanda is diving with an injury, so I was very proud of her effort tonight, said diving coach Josh Seykora. I am also proud of how Josh came back and finished strong in tonights meet.
Competition continues tomorrow, with prelims at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m.