Badgers in hunt at U.S. World Championship trials


Drew teDuits

June 28, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Following two days of competition at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship trials in Indianapolis, Ind., the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming teams have been well represented.

All current and former Badgers competing for a spot on the U.S. National Team have qualified for finals in all of their respective races, although none has yet been able to crack the top-two in their events’ finals, the standard for being named to Team USA.

Drew teDuits’ sixth-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke highlighted Wednesday’s competition. teDuits’ time of 1:56.83 is the sixth-fastest time in the country this year and also the 13th-fastest 200-meter backstroke time in the world.

Former teammate and Badgers alum Michael Weiss had a pair of top-10 performances on Wednesday and Thursday. The Reno, Nev., native earned a top-10 finish in the 200-meter freestyle race on Wednesday after qualifying for the final in a lifetime-best time of 1:48.80.

Weiss followed that up by finishing third in the 400 individual medley race (4:15.75) on Thursday, as he was edged out by Olympic Gold medalist Tyler Clary for second place and a spot on the U.S. National Team. Along with being a personal-best, Weiss’ time also ranks 15th in the world.

Thursday night former Badgers’ All-American Ashley Wanland also took to the waters, finishing fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best time of 31.22.

teDuits, Weiss and Wanland return to the pool on Friday, as Weiss will attempt to earn a spot on Team USA with a dominant swim in the 400-meter freestyle. teDuits competes in the 100-yard backstroke and Wanland is set to participate in the 100-meter breaststroke as well.

On Saturday, Weiss and sophomore Ivy Martin are the lone Badgers set to compete. Weiss takes to the pool for the final time at the World Championship trials to take part in the 200 individual medley, while Martin will swim in the 50-meter freestyle race.

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