Oct. 23, 2011
MADISON, Wis – The Wisconsin women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Dallas, Texas, this weekend to compete against some of the top teams in the nation in the SMU Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Badgers finished sixth with 214.50 points.
Keeping up with the competition, Wisconsin finished close behind its competitors in many of the event finals. In the 50-yard free, Badger senior Beckie Thompson was .04 seconds away from third place, claiming fourth with a time of 23.44. Thompson improved her finish in her next individual event, taking third in the 100 free.
Sophomore Rebecka Palm also came within .04 seconds of her opponent and placed fifth in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 56.57.
Badgers’ Roxanne Fitter represented Wisconsin on the diving boards and claimed second place on the 1 meter with a score of 275.85.
Wisconsin finished strong, ending the meet with a fifth place in the 200 free relay. Thompson, Ruby Martin, Palm, and Amie Osten touched the final wall in 1:35.31, only .21 seconds behind Virginia’s A relay.
In addition to No. 17 Wisconsin, five other ranked teams competed in the SMU Classic: No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Florida, No. 11 Virginia, No. 19 Louisville and No. 25 SMU. Texas finished first with a total score of 350.
The Badgers move on to host their second conference meet of the season against Big Ten rival Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 28.