Nov. 2, 2012
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Despite a valiant effort, the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s swim and dive programs were unable to overcome PAC-12 power, Stanford, falling to the Cardinal at the Avery Aquatic Center on Friday.
“Today I thought we swam really well and, most importantly, I thought we competed really well from start to finish,” UW swim and dive head coach Whitney L. Hite said. “This was probably our best meet yet from top to bottom.
“We had over 35 season-best times which are always good to see so we’re just getting better.”
Despite a season-best performance from senior Michael Weiss in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.45), the No. 25 Badger (3-3) men fell to No. 3 Stanford, 184-104, while the No. 21 women (3-3) were outlasted, 159-130, by the No. 5-ranked Cardinal.
Freshman Jenny Holtzen carried over her strong performance from the Minnesota dual meet, winning the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:01.99. Teammates Ruby Martin and Hannah Ross won the 100 free (57.36) and 200 back (1:59.87), respectively, while junior Rebecka Palm stole the show in the 100 fly, winning the event in impressive fashion in a time of 55.57.
Aja Van Hout rounded out the Badgers’ top performers as the sophomore won the 400 individual medley in a time of 4:22.60. Wisconsin earned a crucial 16 points in the 400 IM, as senior Monika Stitski (4:25.56) and junior Jennah Haney (4:28.07) finished just behind Van Hout, respectively.
Aside from his season-best performance and first-place finish in the 200 free, Weiss also took home the top spots in the 500 free (4:26.97) and 400 IM (3:54.33). Teammates and fellow freshmen John Bushman (4:00.97 and Josh Anderson (4:04.30) rounded out the top three spots in the 400 IM, earning Wisconsin the three-man sweep of the events’ point total.
“The freshmen are doing well -- they’re really starting to figure it out,” Hite said. “The times that Michael swam today were phenomenal.
“There’s a reason why he’s on the ‘A’ U.S. National Team and it’s because of performances like this. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that type of overall performance in one day before.”
Sophomore Drew TeDuits also had a great outing, falling in the 200 back (1:47.69) by three-tenths of a second.
Wisconsin continues its West Coast swing on Saturday, Nov. 3, as it visits top-10 California at noon (CT).
“Stanford is an example of a program we want to become and we need to have that exposure to retain that elite status,” Hite added. “Doing what we’ve done in the past is fine but exploring and competing against the best that’s what makes you better.
“If you look at our schedule it’s arguably the toughest schedule in the country and that just means we’re going to be ready at the end which is the most important thing.”