Badger Sports Roundup, Nov. 19

In this edition: Wisconsin swimmer, two hockey players honored by leagues; women's hockey moves up in poll and the Axe will have a new home

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Trinidad Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week

For the fourth time in three weeks, a University of Wisconsin swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week. Sophomore Anna Trinidad is the latest Badger to earn the honor following her performance in a 143-91 Wisconsin win over Northwestern last Thursday.

Senior Bethany Pendleton and junior Adam Mania each earned the award last week, while junior Carly Piper took home the honor the week before. In addition, senior Matt Marshall was the men's recipient on Oct. 29.

Trinidad, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native, earned this week's women's award after finishing first in two individual events and swimming a leg on a winning relay in the victory over the Wildcats. Trinidad earned top honors and set a UW Natatorium pool record in winning the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:02.82. She also placed first in the 200-yard backstroke, posting a winning time of 2:01.34.

MacLeod honored, women's hockey moves to No. 6

Fresh off her stint at international hockey, Wisconsin women's hockey defenseman Carla MacLeod was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday. MacLeod tallied three assists over the weekend, all in the Badgers 4-3 win over Minnesota State Saturday evening. The Badgers swept the weekend series from Minnesota State to move into second place in the WCHA.

MacLeod was playing her first series with Wisconsin since helping the Canadian Senior National Team earn a silver medal in the Four Nations Cup, which took place Nov. 5-9 in Sweden.

In the most recent Division I Women's Poll, released Monday, the Badgers are ranked sixth, one spot higher than last week.

Dowell wins WCHA award for second straight week

Wisconsin men's hockey freshman center Jake Dowell was named WCHA Rookie of the week for the second time in a row Monday, earning the honor following a three-point weekend in the Badgers series with Minnesota. Dowell assisted on Ryan MacMurchy's game-tying goal in the third period of Friday's contest, then tallied Wisconsin's first goal and an assist on Adam Burish's game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-3 Badger win.

Wisconsin received votes in Monday's USCHO Division I Men's Poll.

Original Axe heads to Hall

The original Paul Bunyan Axe, which is given annually to the winner of the football game between Wisconsin and Minnesota, is being donated to the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., the two schools announced Tuesday.

The Badgers and Golden Gophers have met on the gridiron 113 times, making it the most-played rivalry in Division I-A football. The axe was created in 1948 by the National W Club (Wisconsin's letterwinners association). Every year since then, the winner of the annual football game between the rivals kept the axe for display on its campus. The scores of every meeting are painted on the axe's handle.

The 56-year-old trophy was becoming somewhat unstable, especially in light of the way it is handled today during celebrations by the winning school. Additionally, the axe handle was running out of room for future scores. The W Club created a replacement three years ago.



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