The University of Wisconsin swimming and diving team fared well during the second day of competition at the Texas Invitational, as three swimmers captured automatic NCAA berths in helping both squads maintain their top-six standings.
The 20th-ranked mens team remains in sixth. The No. 11 women kept their third-placing standing but narrowed the gap to second by 56 points.
Carly Piper (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and Susan Johnson (Toledo, Ohio) each earned their second NCAA A times of the meet, while Amalia Sarnecki (Ann Arbor, Mich.) picked up her first as the Badgers have accumulated seven over the past two days.
Johnson also broke her own UW record (54.14) in the 100-yard backstrokethe event in which she got the NCAA A timewith a time of 53.66 in the preliminary round. Her 53.70 was tops in the final round.
Meanwhile, Tim Liebholds fourth-place time of 3:48.97 met an NCAA B standard as well as broke the previous school record of 3:50.28, set in 2002. Liebhold improved by almost two seconds from the prelims, when he missed the record by .06 seconds.
We swam much better today, head coach Eric Hansen said. We have high expectations and met some of our goals today, but again were looking to be better tomorrowwe believe we can be.
Piper was the first Badger swimmer of the day to get an NCAA bid, grabbing second with a time of 1:47.08 in the 200-yard freestyle. The senior co-captain took seventh in a similar event (200-meter freestyle) at last years NCAA championships.
One event later, the 100-yard breaststroke, Sarnecki claimed third by reeling off a time of 1:01.65.
In diving, Amanda Witte (LaGrange, Ill.) paced the squad with an eighth-place finish in the 1-meter finals (243.40 points).
Amanda had an outstanding performance, diving coach Josh Seykora said. She had probably one of the best days of her career, as she made the finals for the first time.
The Badgers conclude competition tomorrow with the 200-yard back, the 100-yard free, the 200-yard breast, the 200-yard fly, the 1650-yard free and the 400-yard free relay.
Note: Arizonas Simon Burnett, who hails from the United Kingdom, broke a 17-year-old record in the 200-yard freestyle with his NCAA- and U.S. Open-best time of 1:32.22.