March 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Whitney Hite always expects the most of his student-athletes and holds each swimmer to the highest standard but even he was taken aback by his team's performance on Thursday during the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Wisconsin was projected to earn no more than 25 points on day one of competition and after six events, the Badgers sit in 11th place with 37 team points.
"We were great today," Hite said. "Ivy Martin was phenomenal and took a huge step in her growth as a student-athlete."
After taking a two-hour exam earlier in the day, Ivy returned to finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.03. She also anchored the 400 medley relay team to a 12th-place finish (3:36.03).
"(Ivy) should've shot a commercial today because she embodies what it truly means to be a student-athlete," Hite added. "To end the night with a great relay and for Ruby (Martin) to start it off with the second-fastest 100-yard backstroke was awesome."
Senior Hannah Ross competed in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in a time of 2:00.16.
"Today was out big day but we have a huge relay in the morning. Going into the championships we knew that most of our points were going to come from relays and we've done a great job of doing what we needed to do to remain competitive up to this point."
The NCAA championships resume tomorrow with preliminary races beginning at 10 a.m. (CT) and finals set to start at 7 p.m.