Oct. 13, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. -- It is nearly mid-October and as unfamiliar as the early start may be to UW's second-year swimming and diving head coach Whitney L. Hite, the Badgers are already four meets in and looking true to form.
Wisconsin displayed another dominating performance against Green Bay in its latest dual meet, as the Badger men defeated the Phoenix 142-93, while the women nearly matched that score with a 140-94 victory at the UW Natatorium on Saturday.
"I thought we showed good effort today -- I wasn't too concerned with times," Hite said. "This is our fourth meet and it's October 13. I think, more than anything, we are gradually improving each day and each meet and that's what needs to continue to happen.
"We are now in that mode of racing -- we know what to do and we kind of know the flow of a meet. With a young team those things are always important."
Senior Dan Lester guided the Wisconsin men with a pair of solid performances in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle. Lester completed the 200 free in a time of 1:42.92 and saved his best for last, winning the 100 in 46.43, nearly an entire second ahead of second-place finisher Tyler Evans of Green Bay.
Lester also paced the 200 medley relay to a first-place finish, anchoring the group and finishing with the fastest split of his other three teammates.
"We saw success from a bunch of different people in different events," Hite said. "Obviously Dan [Lester] was the star of stars, but we were able to juggle our line-up and put people in different events to see what we have overall."
The women saw a wealth of dominant performances en route to their second-straight team victory. Newcomer Colleen Konetzke won the 200 yard butterfly in a time of 2:10.07, while Ivy Martin and Monika Stitski took the 100 (51.13) and 500 yard freestyle (5:00.51) events, respectively.
Freshman Ryan O' Donnell's win in the 200 yard backstroke (1:53.80), along with sophomore Damon Zito's first-place finish in the 500 free (4:42.70), put the cap on an overall good day for Wisconsin as a team, as it prepares for a tough stretch of road dual meets.
"We still have a ways to go," Hite said. "Looking at our next three dual meets -- we have three great tests and that's exactly what you want.
"I've said it before, if you want to be the best, you have to go out and beat the best and we're getting better but we still have some work to do."
Wisconsin will have a week of competition off before traveling to Minnesota to take on the Gophers on Friday, Oct. 26.