Badger swimmers fall short in Ann Arbor


ON WISCONSIN <b>Ivy Martin won four events for the Badgers Saturday against Michigan.</b>
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Ivy Martin won four events for the Badgers Saturday against Michigan.
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Sept. 29, 2012

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Wisconsin swimming and diving teams both fell to Michigan in dual meets at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday afternoon. The losses mark a split on the weekend for both teams after both the men and women defeated Michigan State on Friday.

The Badger men fell 115.5-172.5 while the women dropped a narrow dual, 143-157.

“On the guys side, we knew that Michigan was a little bit of a better team [than Michigan State],” said head coach Whitney Hite. “I’m certainly pleased with the progress that we’re making.”

Sophomore Drew TeDuits led the way for the men with a pair of wins in the 100-yard backstroke (50.23) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.87). TeDuits edged out Michigan’s Reid Elliott by .02 to take the 100 yard title, while the Badgers claimed the top three spots overall in the 200-yard backstroke. A pair of freshmen—Austin Byrd (1:53.00) and Ryan O’Donnell (1:56.93)—took second and third places, respectively, in the 200.

TeDuits also finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 156.28.

“Drew TeDuits had a great performance today,” said Hite. “And we competed throughout the entire meet regardless of how good or bad we did in the previous event. So there are a lot of positives -- it’s very early in the season.”

Senior Dan Lester also turned in a pair of solid performances for the Badgers Saturday, taking second place in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. Lester finished with a time of 1:51.32, behind Michigan’s Dyan Bosch in the 200, and was narrowly edged out by Bosch again in the 100, finishing with a time of 49.19, just .27 off the mark.

Meanwhile, freshman Logan Knauss shined for Wisconsin in the diving well. Knauss took second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 326.33 and third in the 1-meter dive (273.67).

For the women, Wisconsin won nine of 16 events, but fell by just 14 points to the Wolverines.

“On the women’s side, I thought we did a nice job of persevering and competing,” Hite said. “We fell a little short as far as the overall score went but I thought it was a very positive experience -- the women competed well and raced well and in the end we just fell short, but I’m very proud of the team.”

Sophomore Ivy Martin and junior Rebecka Palm both turned in stellar performances for the Badgers, each claiming four titles.

Martin and Palm were both members of Wisconsin’s first-place 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams. Senior Ruby Martin and freshman Anna Meinholz rounded out the 200-medley team that won with a time a 1:43.18, edging out second place by just .56 hundredths of a second. Ruby Martin and sophomore Ally Loper helped the Badgers to first place in the 400-freestyle with a time of 3:24.90, more than three seconds ahead of second place.

Ivy Martin also claimed titles in the 50-yard freestlye (22.90) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.05), while Palm took first place in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.01) and the 100-yard butterfly (55.95).

Meanwhile, freshman Jenny Holtzen swam a phenomenal race in the 1,000-yard freestyle, leading from start to finish and claiming victory with a time of 10:07.17. Rounding out the victories for Wisconsin were Aja Van Hout, who claimed first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.04,) and senior Hannah Ross, who took the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.48.

“I’m pleased with where we are,” said Hite. “It’s still very early on in the season and this is a great starting point for us. We’re better than we were last season at this point -- that shows improvement and that’s what we want. I thought the most important thing today is that we competed well.”

The Badgers next take to the pool for a pair of home duals against in-state rivals, Milwaukee and Green Bay Oct. 12 and 13.

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