MADISON, Wis. -- As the temperatures hit rock bottom outside in frigid Madison, the pool records fell just as fast inside the UW Natatorium this weekend at Big Ten Quad Duals, with the Badgers breaking two more pool records Saturday.
A day after setting a new pool record in the 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Ivy Martin toppled a 15-year-old pool record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.75.
Meanwhile fellow sophomore Drew TeDuits claimed his first UW Natatorium pool record, with a 1:44.88 performance in the 200-yard backstroke, besting the previous 2004 record by .40 seconds. Freshmen Austin Byrd and Ryan O’Donnell placed second and third in the event as well.
“It was great,” head coach Whitney Hite said of the records. “I think regardless if we got pool records or whatever, we just did a nice job of competing and racing and fighting. And that’s the toughness that I’m looking for on the team. It’s not going to be easy.”
As a team, the Wisconsin men defeated Purdue 184-169, while falling to Minnesota 196-157. The women took down Illinois 210-143 and Purdue 200-153, but fell to the Gophers 210-143.
“I thought we did a nice job,” Hite said. “We are better than we’ve been, arguably better than we were at the Ohio State Invite. So we keep getting better and we had some very good performances today. And overall for the last two days, I thought a good success. I was really proud of the way they competed.”
The women claimed a pair of freestyle relays, sweeping the 200-yard and 400-yard relays. Ivy Martin, senior Ruby Martin, junior Rebecka Palm and senior Laura Miller swam both events for the Badgers finishing with times of 1:31.38 and 3:19.82, respectively.
Meanwhile, senior Hannah Ross won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.65, while sophomore Aja Van Hout took second in the 400-yard Individual Medley (4:23.27).
A day after claiming three titles on Friday, senior Michael Weiss took home another, winning the 400-yard individual medley in 3:55.83. Weiss also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:29.35.
Senior Dan Lester claimed a first-place finish with a win in the 100-yard butterfly (48.49). Fellow Aussie and sophomore Nick Schafer took home the title in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.84.
The Badgers now have just under three weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships, but Coach Hite says they are ready for the next level of completion.
“If we look back where we were last year, just in this particular meet, we’re definitely moving in the right direction,” Hite said. “And it’s a process, but we have to celebrate the small successes, and this is a small success. And we’re going to have big successes in a couple weeks.”
The women compete at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Feb. 20-23, while the men compete in Bloomington, Ind. Feb. 27-March 2.