|MADISON, Wisconsin, October 8. THE Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their 2010-11 seasons with decisive wins over in-state rival Milwaukee on Friday at the UW Natatorium. The women's team won all 13 events en route to a 166-66 victory, while the men's team took 12 of 13 events to win 146-84.
Eleven swimmers competed at the collegiate level for the first time, including freshman Rebecka Palm, who won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.49. She also came in a close second in the 200-yard freestyle. Maddy Dalcamo also made a strong debut for the Badgers, placing third in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
On the men's side, freshmen Matt Pircon and Ryan Keuler helped Wisconsin come out with a close win in the 200-yard medley relay finishing in 1:34.23. Also, the 100-yard breaststroke was a freshman-only event as Pircon and Dirk Lambrechts came in second and third.
The biggest underclassman impact of the day may have been freshman Tyler Hines, who won both the 500-yard freestyle and the 1000-yard freestyle.
"I was really nervous to start with," Hines said after his collegiate debut. "But then I basically just wanted to race. Those are my events, so I just did my best."
Head coach Eric Hansen was impressed with how all of his underclassmen performed.
"They showed up ready to race," he said. "We have been training since the first day of school, and it was time to race somebody other than ourselves."
Four returning swimmers for the Badgers posted NCAA `B' qualifying times during the meet.
Junior Beckie Thompson won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.98, while sophomore Daniel Lester picked up where he left off last year and won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.33. Junior Ashley Wanland clocked in with a time of 1:02.76 to win the 100-yard breaststroke, and senior Maggie Meyer won the 100-yard backstroke with a 54.53.
Even though she isn't really concerned about the qualifying times yet, Meyer is still satisfied with her results.
"It feels pretty good, though," she explained. "That time won't make the [NCAA] meet, but it's still a good place to start."
Juniors Wes Lagerhausen and Danielle Beckwith both won multiple events, while sophomores Michael Ross and Roxanne Fitter swept the 1 and 3-meter diving competitions.
Next up for Wisconsin is its Big Ten opener at Iowa. Even though Hansen is happy with the win on Friday, getting victories isn't his biggest concern during the dual-meet season.
"I know where we're at, we can't control where they're [the opponents] going to be at and what level of preparation they're going to be at for the meets," he said. "So we just use those meets to sharpen where we're at and put our hard work to use."
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Results: Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Wisconsin