MADISON, Wisconsin, October 11. THE University of Wisconsin swept Iowa on Thursday night at the UW Natatorium. The men's team picked up a 175-125 victory, while the women claimed a 197-102 triumph.
"I like how the team came together tonight," said Wisconsin head coach Eric Hansen. "We had some kids who were pretty beat up, but they made the best of it and swam through it. They need to learn how to do that as we progress through the season."
In the men's meet, the Badgers put the first points on the board, as their ‘B' relay team placed first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.88.
Freshman Kyle Thompson was able to beat Iowa's Brian Farris in a nail-biting 1,000-yard freestyle as Thompson edged out Farris for the win. Thompson placed second in the 500-yard freestyle later in the meet with his time of 4:46.42.
Junior Scott Rice took second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.98) and later won the 100-yard butterfly (51.56).
Derrick O'Donnell won the 100-yard backstroke (51.84), finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.21) and took home the 200-yard IM title with his time of 1:55.20.
Junior Eric Johnson placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.86) and senior Mike Hopkins won the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.31).
Wisconsin swept the 200-yard butterfly as senior Brett Koerten (1:53.99), Rice (1:55.14) and Thompson (1:56.5) took first, second and third place respectively.
In the next event, the 50-yard freestyle, UW took first through third place again as junior Kyle Sorensen (21.22), sophomore Phil Davies (21.60) and freshman Mitch Buenger (21.63) were the top three finishers. Sorensen also won the 100-yard freestyle with his time of 46.86.
In diving, freshman Caleb Percevecz won his second 1-meter diving title (300.30) and placed third in on the 3-meter board (290.18).
Wisconsin's ‘A' and ‘B" relays sealed the win for the Badgers as they took first and second place respectively.
For the women, the Badgers won 12 out of the 16 events en route to the victory.
Freshman Margaret Meyer was a part of four first-place finishes, while senior Jackie Vavrek and junior Jen Illescas were each a part of three.
Meyer was part of the 200-yard medley relay team that got the night started off right for the Badgers with a first-place finish. Made up of Meyer, Vavrek, senior Katie Imhoff-Smith and sophomore Rosie Morahan, the relay team finished in a time of 1:44.42. Meyer's other wins came in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in a time of 57.02, the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.49 and as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay which swam to a time of 3:29.65.
Vavrek, the reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, earned first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (23.43) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:29.65), in addition to the aforementioned 200-yard medley relay team.
Illescas was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team. Her other first-place finishes came in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.21) and in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.69).
In addition to Meyer, Vavrek and Illescas, other Badgers also captured multiple first-place finishes on the evening.
Sophomore Gabby Maddalena took home first-place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Maddalena's time in the 1000-yard freestyle was 10:06.08, while coming in at a time of 4:57.06 in the 500-yard freestyle.
In addition to helping the 200-yard medley relay win, Morahan also came in first in the 200-yard breaststroke 2:21.64.
Like Morahan, Imhoff-Smith added an individual win to her relay finish. She took home first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.07.
Senior Hannah McClurg also captured multiple victories on the evening. She was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that won and she also won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 52.22.
On the 1-meter diving board, freshman Ciara Rinaudo finished second with a score of 236.33, while sophomore Emily Cheffins was third with a score of 228.83.
On the 3-meter board the roles were reversed. Cheffins took second with a score of 256.58, while Rinaudo was third with a score of 246.38.
Special thanks to Wisconsin for contributing this report.