MADISON, Wisconsin. October 9. IN the Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team’s first meet of the season, Caleb Percevecz certainly didn’t hesitate to turn heads.
In his first competition of the season, the junior shattered the Badgers’ 28-year-old school record in 3-meter diving on his way to a sweep of the springboard events and helping Wisconsin score a 177.5-64.5 win over in-state rival Milwaukee at the UW Natatorium.
The 3-meter diving record, previously held by Chris Chelich at 366.25, was the oldest record on the books at UW, but Percevecz’s score of 381.08 officially gives him all five of Wisconsin’s diving records.
So much for easing into the new season.
“It makes me really excited for the rest of the year, starting like that,” Percevecz said. “I’ve been training really hard so I can make my dives consistent, so I’m really happy I got it right away. It’s a great start.”
Percevecz said there’s no time to waste when it comes to diving.
“It’s all about the get up and go,” he said. “We train for just six dives and you have six dives to do your best.”
“I’m really proud of Caleb’s effort, and it’s his time to help us.” UW head coach Eric Hansen said. “As a junior we want to see him at the NCAAs, and everything is geared toward that.
“It’s a positive step, to be able to help us on the board with points at the NCAA championships.”
Thanks to Percevecz’s work on the board and wins in nine swimming events, the Badgers easily grabbed their 18th-consecutive win from the series against Milwaukee. They also had some help from newcomers in earning the victory.
Chuck Allison, a junior transfer from Ohio State, helped his foursome clinch a victory in the 200-yard medley relay ahead of the runner-up group that featured plenty of experience with Jesse Stipek, Eric Johnson, Brandon O’Donnell and Phil Davies.
Allison’s squad, which also included Derrick O’Donnell, Dan Koenig and Chris Nemeth, clocked in at 1:35.00 to take the win, with the runner-up group claiming a time of 1:35.33.
Another respectable finish came from freshman Marcus Guttman, who took third place in the 1,000-yard freestyle behind runner-up and teammate Kyle Thompson. Dan Heraly from Milwaukee beat both Badgers to claim the Panthers’ only win of the night.
UW freshman Michael Weiss also had an outstanding finish in the 500 free, taking second to sophomore teammate Brett Nagle.
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