Badger swimmers enjoy strong showings

Wisconsin's men's and women's swim teams performed well in the first two days of competition at the Minnesota Invite

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The men's swimming and diving team fell short to host Minnesota on the first day of the Minnesota Invitational but several Badgers had top-place finishes.


Junior Adam Mania took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a meet-record time of 1:49.41 and participated on two first-place relay teams. Mania swam with senior Matt Marshall, junior Eric Wiesner and senior Dale Rogers in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning a meet-record time of 1:20.91. Mania also joined Marshall, Rogers and senior Kevin Zakrzewski in the 400-yard medley relay, where they shattered another meet record with a time of 3:15.61.


Marshall also took second in the 50-yard freestyle, with Rogers clocking in two spots behind him.


Saturday, the men's team continued its record-breaking tradition, smashing two more marks. Marshall took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a new meet record time of 48.25, good for an NCAA "B" cut. Mania followed Marshall's lead with another meet record, earning first in the 100-yard backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.12. Zakrzewski earned a top finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.80. Mania, Wiesner, Pat Torpey and Tim Liebhold took first in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a "B" cut time of 6:35.87. Liebhold later took second in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking in at 3:57.39.


Mania, Marshall, Zakrzewski and Rogers teamed up again for the 200-yard medley relay and took second place behind Minnesota, finishing in 1:29.75.


After the first day of the Minnesota Invite, the women were tied at first with the University of Kansas, thanks to first-place finishes in several events.


Junior Carly Piper took first in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:48.73, although her qualifying time of 4:47.12 broke a meet record.


Sophomore Anna Trinidad, the reigning Big Ten Women's Swimmer of the Week, took the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.22 with teammates coming in just behind her. Senior Bethany Pendleton took second, while freshman Susan Johnson took fourth and senior Emily Pisula took fifth.


Pendleton, Trinidad, senior Molly Buhrandt and sophomore Sarah Hernandez earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Hernandez also took fourth in the 50-yard freestyle while Buhrandt swam in seventh place.


The Badgers continued to produce solid results during Saturday's competition, with three first-place and three second-place finishes. Pendleton swept the competition in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:20.63 with Pisula finishing right behind her. 


Freshman Susan Johnson also had a good day, taking the 100-yard butterfly in 55.65 and placing second in the 100-yard backstroke.


Piper continued to dominate in the pool, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.46 while Sophomore Amalia Sarnecki took second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.87.


The Badger men's and women's swim teams did not compete in Sunday's final day of competition at the Minnesota Invite preferring to rest for this weekend's Texas Invitational.

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