Oct. 29, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams entertained Minnesota at the Natatorium Friday evening for the Badgers' second Big Ten meet. The Badgers posted top times and first place finishes, but the Gophers claimed team victories with a men's score of 183-105 and women's score of 177-121.
Fresh off her silver-medal-winner performance at the Pan-America Games, Wanland crushed the competition in her individual events. In the 100 breast, Wanland not only out-paced the other lanes, but posted the event's best time in the nation with a with a NCAA B qualifying time of 1:01.70.
Wanland also earned a top-three NCAA finish in the 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:13.68. It was also a NCAA B qualifying time and the event's top Big Ten finish this season.
The Badgers kicked off the dual with two exciting relay competitions. In the 200-yard medley relay, Wisconsin's `A' relay of Amie Osten, Ashley Wanland, Rebecka Palm and Beckie Thompson claimed first with a NCAA B qualifying time of 1:42.55. The time was also the third best in the Big Ten this season and 10th best in the nation.
In the same event for the Badger men, the `A' relay of Wes Lagerhausen, Dan Lester, Tariq Miller and Garrett Mulchrone fought to the finish in a close race and took third in 1:33.46.
Mulchrone and Badger freshman Drew TeDuits earned a one-two finish for Wisconsin in the 100 back. Mulchrone claimed first with a time of 50.92, just before TeDuits's 51.07.
In another one-two finish for Wisconsin, Thompson posted the season's top Big Ten time in the 50 free. Thompson beat out her competition with a NCAA B qualifying time of 22.96. Close behind was teammate Ivy Martin, who finished in 23.38, earning the NCAA's 17th-best time of the season and second best in the Big Ten.
Badger junior Dan Lester posted two top-10 conference times against Minnesota, placing second in the 100 and 200 fly. He also claimed first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.12.
In diving, Wisconsin's Roxanne Fitter earned second in both the one-meter and two-meter boards.
Starting a long series of away meets, the Badgers will head next to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the University of Arizona on Nov. 4.