Wisconsin Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes Down Denver

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The Wisconsin men’s swimming team defeated Denver in its matchup on Saturday. The Badgers (3-1) took down the Pioneers (2-3) by a final score of 110-95.

Team Scores:

Wisconsin Men’s Swimming and Diving Press Release

It was a hot start for Wisconsin, as the Badgers came out of the gates with three consecutive event wins. Matthew Novinski, MJ Mao, Erik Gessner and Griffin Back led off the meet with a win in the 400 medley relay (3:15.92), followed by Matthew Hillmer taking the top spot in the 1000 free (9:26.48) and Cameron Tysoe touching at 1:40.02 to win the 200 free.

Senior Michael Milinovich was a stand out performer, coming through with back-to-back wins in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly, finishing the races in 1:52.01 and 1:51.71, respectively.

Matthew Novinski and MJ Mao added individual wins in the 200 back and 200 breast, respectively, to solidify the win for Wisconsin.

Straight from the Pool

“Today was a long day and I’m really proud of the way the guys got behind each other and competed. It’s never easy to race at altitude and we definitely felt it as we moved through the meet. Denver is a very well-coached program and I appreciate them letting us come and race. This was a great way to kick off our training camp and set us up for success later in the semester.” – Head Coach Yuri Suguiyama.

Denver Press Release

University of Denver men’s swimming junior Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.) broke the 100 free El Pomar Natatorium record and redshirt-junior Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) snapped the 50 free pool record to leadoff Denver’s 200 free relay (19.74) in a dual against [RV] Wisconsin on Saturday on the DU campus.

Denver nearly completed a comeback in the dual, falling to the Big Ten’s Badgers 110-95.

The first meet of 2020 for the Pioneers opened with the fastest 400 medley relay race in El Pomar Natatorium history. Denver broke the six-year old pool record in the event by 2.10 seconds, but Wisconsin’s 400 medley out-touched the Pioneers by 0.14 seconds to take the race and the pool record. Auchinachie, junior Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), classmate Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) and Farber swam the relay for the Pioneers.

Denver took the 2-4 spots in the first individual event of the day, the 1000 free. Senior Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) finished second with a 9:35.70 to lead the Denver trio. In the second distance swim later in the meet, Gilbert won the 500 free with a 4:32.84.

The Pioneers first win of the evening came in the 50 free. Farber swam the event in 20.40, followed closely by junior Jackson Gainer (San Jose, Calif.) who took second with a 20.74.

Sophomore David Mihalic (Ljubljana, Slovenia) turned in an impressive swim in the 200 fly, taking second with a 1:54.86. Auchinachie recorded the next win for the Pioneers in the seventh event of the night, winning the 100 free with his pool record 43.55. Sanes and junior Anthony Nosack (Beaverton, Ore.) finished 2-3 in the 200 breast with times of 2:00.81 and 2:03.15, respectively.

Denver split its nationally ranked 200 free relay into its A and B relays on Saturday, taking the top two spots in the race with times of 1:21.25 and 1:21.87.