Dec. 2, 2012
• Final Standings | Sunday Final Results
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Facing their biggest tests yet, the Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams proved they can compete with the best this weekend at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus.
The Badgers faced four men’s teams in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Coaches top-10 and seven women’s teams in the top-20 in the competition.
“I would say overall we swam very well,” head coach Whitney L. Hite said.” We did a nice job overall. A nice job competing and racing.”
The men finished sixth out of nine teams with a score of 387. Florida took the title with a score of 837. The No. 25 women finished fourth out of seven with 400 points while host Ohio State claimed the top spot with a score of 1,306.
On the final day of competition Sunday, the Badger men and women each claimed four individual and relay NCAA ‘B’ standard qualifying times.
“I would say top to bottom we did very well,” Hite said. “I would probably say almost 75 percent of the swimmers had lifetime best times at some point, and that’s pretty darn good.”
For the women, freshman Jenny Holtzen continued to show the country that she is one of the best young long-distance swimmers in the NCAA, turning in a sixth place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of16:25.58.
Two other Wisconsin women swimmers also claimed qualifying times. Senior Hannah Ross took 10th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:58.49, while junior Rebecka Palm placed sixth with a time of 49.82 in the 100-yard freestyle.
Meanwhile, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Palm, senior Ruby Martin, sophomore Aja Van Hout and sophomore Ivy Martin took fifth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:19.74).
For the men, sophomore Drew DeTuits grabbed the second second-place finish for Wisconsin in the invitational, competing in the 200-yard backstroke. DeTuits’ time of 1:42.89 was just .04 seconds behind Ohio State’s Steve Zimmerman.
Freshman John Bushman took sixth place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:59.49, while senior Dan Lester turned in a time of 1:45.05 in the 200-yard butterfly, good for fourth place.
The men also placed high in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Lester, senior Garrett Mulcrhone, senior Michael Weiss and sophomore Damon Zito place seventh with a time of 3:01.00.
“That was the great part of coming here,” Hite said. “We saw really good competition. So it was a great test for us for sure.”
The Ohio State Invitational caps off Wisconsin’s competition for fall semester. The Badgers will head back to the pool after the new year when they travel to Hawai’i Jan. 5.
Women - Team Scores
1 University of Florida University of Florida 837
2 Stanford University Stanford University 815
3 Ohio State University Ohio State University 589
4 University of North Carolina University of North Carolina 563
5 Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame, University of 440
6 Wisconsin, University of, Madi Wisconsin, University of, Madi 387
7 Indiana University Indiana University 147
8 Purdue University Purdue University 99
9 University of Texas University of Texas 54
Men - Team Scores
1 Ohio State University Ohio State University 1,306
2 University of Florida University of Florida 997. 50
3 University of North Carolina University of North Carolina 575. 50
4 Wisconsin, University of, Madi Wisconsin, University of, Madi 400
5 Indiana University Indiana University 305
6 Stanford University Stanford University 97
7 Purdue University Purdue University 65