Four Badgers earned NCAA qualifying times today as the University of Wisconsin womens swimming and diving team sits in third place while the men are in sixth after the first day of competition at the Texas Invitational.
Adam Mania (Hickman, Neb.) led the way with his win in the 200-yard IM. The senior co-captains time of 1:45.74 surpassed the automatic bid time of 1:46.69 and broke the previous UW record of 1:46.99, which Mania held.
Finishing second in their respective event were Carly Piper (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and Anna Trinidad (Colorado Springs, Colo.). In the 500-yard freestyle, the former swam to a time of 4:42.25, more than three seconds faster than the required time. The latter, meanwhile, posted a time of 1:59.92 in the 200-yard IM.
Susan Johnson (Toledo, Ohio) was the other Wisconsin swimmer to lock up a bid, which occurred in the preliminary round of the 100-yard fly with her time of 53.64. Her time of 53.82 placed second in the final round.
I felt like we had a lot of highlights, but we could have been more consistent as a whole, head coach Eric Hansen said. Well make some adjustments and hopefully be even better tomorrow.
Several other Badgers tallied NCAA B standards, including Tim Liebhold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who had a third-place time of 1:46.83 in the 200-yard IM.
The UW divers did not fare as well, as none of the members of the team advanced to the finals. Cassie Kubly (Middleton, Wis.) took 17th in the semifinal round of the 3-meter with 387.10 points.
On the womens side, I expect us to bounce back tomorrow, diving coach Josh Seykora said. As for the men, I think we can get a top-eight finish.
Overall, the womens swimming and diving team has 214 points, trailing Arizonas 281 and Texas 279. The men have 126 points; Texas holds the lead with 266.
The Badgers continue competition at the tournament beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow with the preliminary rounds of the 400 IM, the 200 free, the 100 breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 medley relay. The finals, which include the 800-yard freestyle relay, will take place at approximately 6 p.m.