SOUTH BEND, Indiana, November 16. THE Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving team completed their weekend road trip with losses to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Wisconsin’s losses come a day after the women defeated Northwestern in a dual meet, while the Badger men’s team suffered a loss to the Wildcats.
By winning 12 of the 16 men’s events, Notre Dame had no trouble taking down Wisconsin with a score of 191.5-108.5. On the women’s side, Notre Dame handed Wisconsin a 171-126 loss.
NCAA All-Americans Frank Dyer and Zach Stephens each won three events to help lead the Irish to the victory. Dyer showed his range in the freestyle races, winning the 50 (20.57), 200 (1:39.25) and 500 freestyles (4:31.42). He also contributed a 21.13 butterfly split on the winning 200 medley relay.
Stephens swept the breaststroke events with times of 55.37 and 2:00.92, and won the 200 IM with a 1:50.28. Stephens also put in a crucial breaststroke split on the medley relay with a 24.63 to put Notre Dame ahead of Wisconsin for good in the race.
Notre Dame took the top three places in one men’s event and one women’s event. John Williamson posted the fastest 200 fly with a 1:51.02 ahead of Reed Fujan (1:53.34) and Kevin Bradley (1:55.56). Katie Miller was the winner of the women’s 100 backstroke with a 56.36, finishing ahead of teammates Cat Galletti (56.63) and Catherine Mulquinb (56.76).
Other winners for the Notre Dame men included Colin Babcock in the 100 free with a 45.81 and Pat Olson in the 100 fly with a 50.18.
Wisconsin’s Drew teDuits, the reigning NCAA champion in the 200 backstroke, took the win in that event with a 1:48.91 and the 100 back with a 49.88. He was just .01 faster in the 200 back in yesterday’s meet against Northwestern and seven tenths faster in the 100.
After losing the 1000 yesterday, Nick Caldwell claimed an easy victory in the 1000 free today with a 9:25.73. And with Notre Dame using its top swimmers in their event limit by the end of the meet, Wisconsin had no trouble winning the 400 free relay with a 3:04.08.
Notre Dame’s women won nine events to Wisconsin’s seven, and it was depth on the Notre Dame team that mostly accounted for the runaway victory. Emma Reaney was responsible for four of Notre Dames wins, putting up a 1:00.90 breaststroke split in the winning 400 medley relay and sweeping the breaststroke events (1:02.04 and 2:17.22). For good measure, she also put in a 1:50.42 in the 200 free to win that as well.
In addition to winning the 100 back, Miller won the 400 IM with a 4:21.40. Bridget Casey won the 200 fly with a 2:02.29, and Kelly Ryan won the 200 back with a 1:59.96 to mark her first time under two minutes this season.
Ivy Martin put up reliable times to win the sprint freestyles for Wisconsin, but was far from her nationally-ranked times. Her 22.67 in the 50 free falls three tenths shy of her best, while her 50.55 is a full 1.5 seconds slower than her second-ranked time from the beginning of the season.
Aja Van Hout won the 1000 free today with a 10:08.40, Caroline Palm took the 500 free with a 5:00.88 and Rebecka Palm won the 100 fly with a 55.19. Palm’s winning time was just one tenth shy of the swim she posted yesterday to win the race against Northwestern.
With Martin on the roster, Wisconsin has the potential to score in the top 16 in the free relays at the NCAA championships. They won today with a 3:24.87, a little less than two seconds off their best of the season that stands 16th in the nation.