Nov. 8, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Senior Michael Weiss extended his unbeaten streak to 16-straight events as the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both handled Northwestern with ease in a pair of dual victories at the UW Natatorium Thursday.
The men claimed a 162-129 victory with the women taking all but three events en route to a 173-121 win.
Weiss’ three top finishes Thursday propelled the men to a win over the Wildcats. Weiss has yet place lower than first in any individual event this season and won all three events against Northwestern handedly.
Weiss began the evening with a win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.59), beating his next closest opponent by over four seconds. He followed that up with a 4:31.85 time and win in the 500-yard freestyle and capped the evening with a victory in the 400-yard individual medley (3:53.89), winning by over eight seconds.
Also claiming multiple wins in the pool for the men were sophomore Drew TeDuits, freshman John Bushman and senior Dan Lester.
TeDuits claimed the top spots in both the 100-yard backstroke (49.86) and 200-yard backstroke (1:47.90). Bushman meanwhile continued his impressive freshman season sweeping the breaststroke events. Bushman claimed a win in the 100-yard breaststroke by just .02 seconds (57.96) while taking the 200-yard title with a time of 2:05.48.
Lester took home the 100-yard freestyle title with a time of 46.57 while also claiming victory in the 100-yard butterfly (49.07). Lester just missed a third win Thursday night, taking second place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.28—just .02 seconds off the pace.
The Badger women won all but three events Thursday night, with sweeps in both relay events and top finishes from nine different swimmers.
Senior Ruby Martin, freshman Anna Meinholz, junior Rebecka Palm and sophomore Ivy Martin led Wisconsin to a title in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:44.47. Both Martins, Palm and senior Laura Miller then took home the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.22).
Ivy Martin went on to claim two more titles, winning the 100-yard freestyle (50.93) and just edged her sister Ruby in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.06. Ruby Martin did take home an individual title though, claiming a win in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.79.
Meanwhile, senior Paulina Gralow took home a pair of top finishes by sweeping the breaststroke events. Gralow won the 100-yard breaststroke by a time of 1:04.66 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.88.
The victories over Northwestern were the second for both squads this season over Big Ten opponents, having previously defeating Michigan State. Both squads are also a perfect 3-0 this year at home, having defeating both Green Bay and Milwaukee earlier this season.
The Badgers take the next three weeks off from competition before traveling to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Ohio State Invitational Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.