MADISON, Wisconsin, January 23. AFTER training and competing in Hawaii for nearly a month, the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team brought the heat home Friday night in a 216-80 defeat of St. Olaf at the UW Natatorium.
The Badgers started out the night winning the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:33.46 with a lineup of junior Derrick O'Donnell in the backstroke, junior Dan Koenig in the breaststroke, senior Kyle Sorensen in the butterfly, and junior Phil Davies in the freestyle.
The "B" team came up second in the medley in a time of 1:35.35 with the team of sophomore Jessie Stipek at backstroke, sophomore Kyle Thompson in the breaststroke, junior Steven Wiesner in the butterfly, and sophomore Luke Lengfeld in the freestyle.
The Badgers continued their winning ways in the individual events, starting with freshman Brett Nagle. Nagle started by winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 9:41.73. He later won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.34, and placed second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.57. While the freshman swam well in his return home, the Badger upperclassmen wanted to demonstrate their abilities as well.
Senior Scott Rice and junior Derrick O'Donnell won the two events following the 1000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, in times of 1:43.08 and 50.48, respectively. Rice later went on to win the 500-yard freestyle in 4:40.30 and the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.91.
O'Donnell also won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:53.57, and took second in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.87. Wisconsin senior Kyle Sorensen also helped the Badgers by winning the 50-yard freestyle in 20.84 and the 100-yard butterfly in 51.40.
The Badger 200-yard freestyle relay teams finished the meet first and second, with the "A" relay of Davies, freshman Wes Lagerhausen, sophomore Connor Andrews, and Sorensen, taking first in a time of 1:24.54. The "B" relay of Lengfeld, freshman Cole Scarbrough, Nagle, and Rice finished at 1:26.38.
The Badgers had a solid team showing in the swimming competition, winning all but the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races. They also swept the first three spots in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles, the 200-yard backstroke, and the 100-yard butterfly.
Wisconsin continued their success in the diving portion of the meet through sophomore Caleb Percevecz, who won both the 1-meter with a score of 312.98 and the 3-meter with a total of 309.45. Junior Al Morrison took second on the 3-meter board with a score of 297.15, and third in the 1-meter with a 267.00. Bryan Weinstein also captured second for the Badgers in the 1-meter competition with a score of 274.88.
Both the Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday against UW-Green Bay at the UW Natatorium.
Special thanks to Wisconsin for contributing this report.