Nov. 30, 2012
• Final Stats
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Through one day of competition at the Ohio State Invitational Friday, the Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams sit in combined fifth place with 233 points.
The men, who finished the day in fourth place, were led by seniors Michael Weiss and Dan Lester. Meanwhile, the women, led by sophomore Ivy Martin, finished the day in sixth place.
"We're just kind of scratching the surface and getting our feet wet so to speak," head coach Whitney L. Hite said. "As with every other meet, this just gives us a good marker and let's us know where we are compared to other top-notch competition, so we're right where I thought we'd be."
Host Ohio State leads the invitational combined, with a score of 561 points, just 18.5 points above the University of Florida.
Weiss posted two top-3 finishes for Wisconsin Friday. The Reno, Nev., native placed second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:21.23, just under two seconds off the pace of OSU's Alex Miller. The result was the first individual race this season in which Weiss did not claim victory.
Weiss also helped the men to a third place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. Along with sophomore Drew TeDuits, senior Garrett Mulchrone and Lester, the Badgers came in with a time of 3:15.82. Lester grabbed fifth place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:46.83.
"I thought Dan Lester and Michael Weiss were pretty darn good today," Hite said.
For the women, Ivy Martin helped the Badgers to three top-8 performances. Individually, Martin finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.49. Martin also helped the 200-yard relay team to a second place finish and the 400-yard medley team to an eighth-place result.
Also swimming in the 200-yard medley team was senior Ruby Martin, junior Rebecka Palm and sophomore Aja Van Hout. Palm, senior Hannah Ross and senior Paulina Gralow rounded out the 400-yard medley team.
"We would much rather be peaking in March than in November or December so this is exactly the pace we are looking to move at in this point in the season," Hite said.
Wisconsin is back in the pool Saturday morning and the invitational wraps up competition Sunday.
In addition to Ohio State and Florida, also competing in the meet are North Carolina, Stanford, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue and Texas.
Combined Team Scores
Combined Team Scores - Through Event 39
1. Ohio State University 561
2. University of Florida 542.5
3. University of North Carolina 360.5
4. Stanford University 247
5. Wisconsin, University of, Madi 233
6. Indiana University 162
7. Notre Dame, University of 117
8. Purdue University 79
9. University of Texas 12
Scores - Women
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 39
1. University of Florida 264
2. Stanford University 215
3. Ohio State University 200
4. University of North Carolina 177
5. Notre Dame, University of 117
6. Wisconsin, University of, Madi 110
7. Purdue University 51
8. Indiana University 49
9. University of Texas 12
Scores - Men
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 39
1. Ohio State University 361
2. University of Florida 278.5
3. University of North Carolina 183.5
4. Wisconsin, University of, Madi 123
5. Indiana University 113
6. Stanford University 32
7. Purdue University 28