MADISON, Wisc., Oct. 12. THE Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team opened its 2002-03 season with a commanding victory over UW-Stevens Point, 186-57, Saturday at the UW Natatorium. The Badgers dominated today's meet, taking the top spot in all thirteen events.
Leading the way for the Badgers with two first-place finishes apiece were seniors Sarah McCauley (Tualatin, Ore.) and junior Bethany Pendleton (Hood River, Ore.). McCauley took wins in the 200 IM (2:07.79) and in the 100 free (51.47), while Pendleton won the 1000 free (10.12.91) and 500 free (5:03.48).
Freshman Sarah Hernandez (Chico, Calif.) and Lindsay Leech (Naperville, Ill.) also stepped up for Bucky by claiming first-place wins in the 100 fly (58.90) and in the 100 back (58.88), respectively.
Rookie diver, Megan Balkenbush (Fort Collins, Colo.) won first-place on both the one-meter (260.10) and three-meter (254.85) boards.
The Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team cruised to a 161-80 victory over UW-Stevens Point Saturday at the UW Natatorium in its 2002-03 season opener. The Badgers claimed the top spot in 12 of 13 events.
UW displayed its versatility and depth Saturday, with nine different athletes winning 10 individual events. Junior Pat Torpey was the only Badger to capture two first-place finishes, touching in at 1:54.99 in
the 200 IM and 50.92 in the 100 fly.
Three Badgers swept the 50, 100 and 200 free events. Chris Anderson (21.42) won the 50 free after the event's opening splash short circuited the timing equipment; while Kevin Zakrzewski captured the 100
free in 47.83 and Tim Liebhold took the 200 free (1:43.69).
Senior Brian Neuman and junior Matt Marshall touched the pad first in the 100 breaststroke (58.76) and 100 backstroke (51.08), respectively.
Rookies James Wike and Michael Hamm picked up their first wins as Badgers, winning the 500 free (4:36.40) and 1000 free (10:00.59), respectively. In diving, freshman Matt Smith opened his UW career taking first on the one-meter board with 255.68 points and second on the three-meter board with 223.30.
The Badgers return to action Thursday, Oct. 24. Wisconsin takes on Toledo at 5 p.m. in its second of just three home meets this year.