Nov. 3, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Another dominant day for senior Michael Weiss was not enough as the University of Wisconsin men's and women's swim and dive teams fell to PAC-12 power California at the Spieker Aquatics Complex on Saturday.
"Being able to go back-to-back against two of the best programs in the country is really important for us," UW head coach Whitney L. Hite said. "I'm not as concerned with winning or losing as I am with learning and getting better and I feel like we've gotten better after our performances this weekend."
The No. 25 Badger men's squad fell, 158-125, to No. 7-ranked Cal, while the No. 23-ranked Badger women dropped a 170-110 decision to the third-ranked Bears.
Weiss, who won a trio of events a day ago at No. 3 Stanford, topped the charts in the 200 (1:39.38) and 500-yard freestyle (4:27.26) events, while racing the first leg of UW's 400 free relay (3:07.03) victory.
Senior Dan Lester also gave Wisconsin a pair of wins in the 100 fly (49.13) and the 200 IM (1:51.15), while freshman John Bushman swam a 2:02.48 in the 200 breast to go along with his third-place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.57).
A 12-point effort from sophomore Drew TeDuits, which included second-place finishes in the 200 IM (1:54.28), 100 back (49.80) and the 200 back (1:48.05), rounded out the UW's top men's performances.
On the women's side, after battling Stanford on the road the day before, the Badgers were swept in all 16 events by California, garnering 12 second-place finishes in their fourth loss of the season.
Wisconsin returns home on Thursday, Nov. 9, as it welcomes Northwestern to the UW Natatorium for its third home dual of the season. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
"The biggest challenge for us right now is being consistent," Hite said. "We can get up for the top teams in the country but I've been stressing that we need to be able to show up against everyone, in every meet we have.
"Every team in the Big Ten is good and we want to make sure that we are improving and making strides toward becoming the best in the conference and a meet against a quality program like Northwestern will help us in that journey."