Minnesota Takes Down Wisconsin in Badgers’ Only Home Dual Meets of Season

MADISON, Wisconsin, October 19. THE only home dual meet for the Wisconsin swimming and diving teams was a two-day affair against Minnesota that featured all 18 swimming events on the collegiate program as well as the springboard events.

Drew teDuits, the reigning NCAA champion in the 200 backstroke, won that event with a respectable 1:46.66, just a tick slower than his best of the season, a 1:46.65 from the dual meet against Georgia that stands just outside the top 10 nationally. teDuits also won the 100 back with a 48.77, much faster than the 49.47 he swam on Wisconsin’s runner-up 400 medley relay. Had he swum the time he posted in the individual event, Wisconsin would have won the medley relay over actual winner Minnesota.

Host Wisconsin won 14 of the 36 swimming events, seven for each gender. In addition to teDuits, Nick Caldwell was a standout on the men’s side, winning the 200 free in 1:39.47 and the 500 with a 4:27.19. He improved on his 200 free time this weekend when he led off Wisconsin’s winning 800 free relay with a 1:38.68 as the Badgers posted a 6:42.98.

The other two wins for the Wisconsin men came from Nick Schafer in the 200 breast with a 2:02.28 and rising freshman Brett Pinfold in the 100 free with a 45.26.

Derek Toomey and Kyler van Swol were two of the standouts for Minnesota’s men’s team. Both members of USA Swimming’s international competition roster for the World University Games notched a win each, though not with times that were their fastest of the season. Toomey won the 50 free with a 20.38 after posting a 19.99 a few weeks ago, while van Swol was 49.63 in the 100 fly, more than a second slower than his 48.36 from two weeks ago.

The Hatanaka brothers each won an event for Minnesota, as freshman Nick won the 100 breast with a 56.85 and junior Brandon took the 400 IM with a 3:58.85.

The other three individual event victories for the Minnesota men included: Luke Bushman in the 200 IM (1:52.02), Nick Orf in the 200 fly (1:50.75) and CJ Smith in the 1650 freestyle (15:33.35).

The Minnesota women were equally as dominant over Wisconsin, with 11 event wins, including four of the five relays. Kiera Janzen was the top performer for the Gophers, winning three freestyle events. She started with a 4:54.44 in the 500 free, then took the 200 in 1:50.09 and capped off her meet with a 16:37.66 in the 1650 freestyle.

Tess Behrens also won multiple events, taking both backstroke events. She won the 100 with a 56.37 and the 200 with a 2:02.16. Also winning events were Kierra Smith in the 200 breast (2:17.61) and ecca Weiland in the 100 fly (54.58). Weiland nearly beat her best time of the season, a 54.39 that stands third in the country.

Wisconsin countered with a couple of swimmers who posted double wins of their own. Ivy Martin, currently standing at the top of the collegiate ranks with a 22.38 from a few weeks ago, nearly beat that time this weekend with a 22.42. She was a little further off her 49.09 that ranks No. 1 in the 100 free, posting a 49.77 to win this weekend.

Aja Van Hout won both individual medley events, taking the 200 IM with a 2:03.12 and the 400 IM with a 4:22.68.

Dana Grindal won the 200 fly for Wisconsin with a 2:04.06 and Anna Meinholz won the 100 breast with a 1:04.75.

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