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Badgers fall to Minnesota in Big Ten border battle

ON WISCONSIN <b>Freshman Jenny Holtzen shined for the Badger women in the 1000-yard freestyle event.</b>
Freshman Jenny Holtzen shined for the Badger women in the 1000-yard freestyle event.

Oct. 26, 2012

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  -- The Wisconsin swimming and diving team faced its third Big Ten challenge of the young season Friday night, with both squads falling on the road in its border battle at Minnesota. The men dropped the dual by the score of 191-100, with the women falling 183-112 to the Golden Gophers.

“We ran up against a very good Minnesota team and did not come through with our best result today,” UW head coach Whitney Hite said. “When you’re going up against a quality team and you’re not at your best you get these kinds of results.”

The No. 25 Wisconsin men saw a trio of superb performances from senior Michael Weiss in the loss to No. 13 Minneosta. Weiss took the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.09, before claiming the title in the 500-yard freestyle, edging out Minnesota’s CJ Smith with a time of 4:31.30. Weiss finished off his spectacular night with a win in the 400-yard Individual Medley (3:57.14)

Meanwhile, senior Dan Lester took second in 100-yard butterfly (49.09) and freshman John Bushman placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.02.

Junior Tyler Hines took third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of (4:41.37), while freshman Jake Mandli place third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.06).

“I thought we had some decent individual performances,” Hite added. “Jenny Holtzen did very well in the 1000 and Michael Weiss showed why he is a member of Team USA.”

For the women, sophomore Ivy Martin turned in two strong performances, winning the title in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.04, while just missing the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle. Martin turned in a time of 50.88 in the 100, just twelve-tenths of a second off the pace.

Senior Hannah Ross claimed the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.41, and took second in the 100-yard backstroke (56.98).

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin ‘A’ squad of seniors Ruby Martin and Anna Meinholz, along with junior Rebecka Palm and Ivy Martin, placed second in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:43.34. Freshman Jenny Holtzen also took home second, with a 10:02.88 performance in the 1000-yard freestyle.

In the diving well, senior Roxanne Fitter took second in the women’s 1-meter dive with a score of 277.27, while freshman Hunter Atha finished second in the men’s 3-meter dive (300.68).

The Badgers continue their challenging schedule with a trip to West Coast next weekend to take on Stanford and California, respectively, in consecutive days.

“I’m just waiting for the day when we turn the Minnesota meet into a rivalry,” Hite said. “We have a long way to go and fortunately its only October. 

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