Men's soccer advances to semifinals
The No. 5 seed men's soccer team defeated No. 4 seed Ohio State 2-0 in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday in Bloomington, Ind.
Junior midfielder David Martinez scored the game-winning goal for the Badgers late in the first period off an assist from junior forward Nick Van Sicklen. Van Sicklen continued to produce for the team, earning Wisconsin's second goal midway through the second period.
In net, junior Eric Hanson had seven saves while OSU sophomore goaltender Ray Burse Jr. had only one. This is the first Wisconsin win in a Big Ten Tournament game since 1998, when it defeated Michigan State 2-0.
The Badgers next face Indiana, the No. 1 seed, Friday at 4 p.m.
Freshman defender Aaron Hohlbein was named to the inaugural Big Ten All-Freshman Team and also made the to the All-Big Ten second team. Juniors midfielder Noah Goerlitz, goaltender Eric Hanson and forward Nick Van Sicklen also made the second team.
Men's and women's swimming turn back Wildcats
The women's swimming and diving team easily defeated Northwestern 143-91 Thursday at the UW Natatorium, thanks in part to first-place finishes from sophomore Anna Trinidad and junior Carly Piper. The No. 10 men, meanwhile, defeated No. 22 Northwestern 121-110, posting big wins from junior Eric Wiesner, junior Adam Mania and senior Pat Torpey.
For the women, Trinidad took firsts in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke, receiving NCAA qualifying marks in the "B" cut times. She also participated on the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Piper, sophomore Sarah Hernandez and sophomore Shannon VanCuren that took first place.
Piper, in addition to swimming with the relay team, took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle. Senior Bethany Pendleton, named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week along with men's swimmer Adam Mania racked up first-place finishes for UW in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Sophomore Amalia Sarnecki took first in the 200-yard breaststroke.
For Northwestern, freshman Leanne Dumais took tops in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events while junior Christy Olin set a pool record of 2:01.26 in the 200-yard butterfly.
In the men's action, Wiesner took first in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events while Mania won the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke, breaking his own pool record each time.
Mania also contributed to the breaking of other pool records in the 400-yard medley relay team, along with senior Kevin Zakrzewki and seniors Matt Marshall and Dale Rogers. Marshall, Weisner, senior Chris Anderson and Rogers swam with the record-breaking 200-yard freestyle relay teams.
Torpey also made his mark in the end, racking up the meet-winning nine points in the 200-yard butterfly.
Volleyball lands four recruits; Shields named to academic team
Four women signed national letters of intent to join Wisconsin's volleyball team, according to head coach Pete Waite. Audra Jeffers, Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson and Jocelyn Wack will suit up with the Badgers next fall.
Jeffers, a Hartland, Wis., native, is a middle blocker who was named a first-team all-state selection and is a two-time all-conference selection and two-time captain of the Warhawks.
Reineke already has a laundry list of accolades as a prep player. She made the 2001 and 2002 AAU Junior National All-American team as well as All-America honors at the 2003 Junior Olympics, where her Sports Performance Volleyball Club took a gold medal. The list goes on for the senior from Naperville, Ill., who is a middle blocker.
Simpson, a setter, played on the 2002 USA Volleyball High Performance A2 team while in high school and is ranked in the top 50 by Student Sports Magazine and PrepVolleyball.com. She played on the same Sports Performance Volleyball Club team with Reineke and won a gold medal in the 2003 National Junior Olympics. Simpson comes from Downers Grove, Ill., where the team she led lost to Reineke's Naperville North High School team.
Wack, as an outside hitter/defensive specialist, led Westosha Central High School to the WIAA Division 1 State Championship, where she earned all-tournament honors and made the first-team all-state team. She also played for the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club, where she was named the MVP of the 2002 and 2003 National Junior Classic.
Wisconsin's Morgan Shields, a senior setter majoring in psychology, was recently named to the 2003 Academic All-District V University Division first team. Shields, who has 13.42 assists per game and has played in all 96 games this season, is a team co-captain for the second season running. Off the court, Shields maintains a 3.63 grade point average and received a Hilldale Undergraduate Faculty Research fellowship. Shields is now eligible for the Academic All-America Team, sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.