Wisconsin ties Northeastern in hockey showcase
The Wisconsin women's hockey team (12-4-1 overall, 8-4-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) tied Northeastern 1-1 Saturday, not in Madison, nor Boston, but in Lakewood, Calif.
Northeastern (7-5-5 overall) and Wisconsin faced off in the first of a two-game series, sponsored by the California Selects Amateur Hockey Association. The Badgers outshot the Huskies 57-12 but only got one goal against Northeastern senior goalie Chandra Gunn. Wisconsin sophomore goaltender Meghan Horras had 11 saves.
Neither the Badgers nor the Huskies took advantage of power plays in the first two periods and good defense from both teams kept the game scoreless until the third period. Wisconsin junior forward Amy Vermeulen earned the team's goal midway through the third period on assists from freshman forward Lindsay Macy and junior defender Carla MacLeod. Wisconsin protected the 1-0 lead for less than two minutes, as Northeastern freshman forward Jessica Coppney scored the tying goal.
This is Wisconsin's first game since it defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 Dec. 6, ending a month-long break for finals and the holidays.
Men and women's track enjoy strong performances in Badger Track Classic
The men's and women's track teams opened their indoor seasons with the Badger Track Classic Saturday. The meet incorporates teams from several state schools, clubs and unattached athletes. Although the men's team got off to a slow start, it won seven events.
"It's the opener and we have a lot of work to do," UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "It's very early and you would expect that. You don't want to come out hitting on all cylinders. The potential is there but we can't sit back on our heels and expect it to come to us; we have to go get it."
Sophomore Paul Check won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.13 while sophomore Joe Detmer took the 600 meters in 1:20.14. In the distance medley relay, sophomore Bobby Lockhart, freshman Eric Hatchell, freshman Chris Solinsky and sophomore Simon Bairu defeated the competition, including two other Wisconsin teams, in 10:11.09.
Wisconsin found more success in the field, where sophomore Rick Bellford took the triple jump in 49'3", a personal best, and sophomore Joe Conway took the long jump (22'9"). The freshmen also had success in their first indoor meets, as redshirt freshman Matt Novak won the pole vault with a height of 15'7" and redshirt freshman Brandon Houle won the shot put at 54'2 ½".
Several freshmen also had notable performances for the women's team in their inaugural meets. Sprinter Shuntia Lucas won the 60-meter dash (7.78) and the 200-meter dash (25.19) while competing on the first-place 4x400-meter relay team (4:03.02). Sophomore Katie Kolpin, freshman Venus Washington and sophomore Erica Schoeller, who took first in the 60-meter hurdles, also participated. Freshman Marcia Taddy also enjoyed success in her first meet, when she won the 600-meter run in 1:36.42 while redshirt freshman ‘A Havahla Haynes took first in the 3,000 meters (10:27.50).
In the field, senior Angie Kolanko won the high jump at 5'6" and junior Christina Taylor took tops in the long jump with a length of 18'3 ¼".
Swim teams tops in Hawaii
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated all of the competition in Hawaii as the women defeated three teams in duals competitions and the men took down their two opponents.
The No. 14 men's team defeated No. 18 Hawaii 91-49 and Stony Brook 117-21 while the No. 11 women crushed Hawaii 90-50, Stony Brook 126-14 and San Diego State 107-33.
For the men, junior Adam Mania racked up a team-leading four wins, finishing top in the 100-yard backstroke (49.56), the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.72) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:50.95). He also participated on the 200-yard medley relay (1:30.07), consisting of senior Matt Marshall, senior Kevin Zakrzewski and junior Eric Wiesner. Marshall had an additional two wins, in the 50-yard freestyle (20.56) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.70), while competing with the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay team with senior Dale Rogers, senior Chris Anderson and Wiesner, who also won the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.17). Senior Pat Torpey also finished first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.68) and Rogers in the 100-yard freestyle (45.54).
Freshman Susan Johnson led the women's team with four top finishes, in the 100-yard backstroke (56.59), the 100-yard butterfly (55.71) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.06). Like Mania, Johnson also swam on the 200-yard medley relay team (1:44.27), along with sophomores Lindsay Leech, Amalia Sarnecki and Sarah Hernandez. Hernandez and Sarnecki also swam well individually, taking two first-place finishes apiece. Sarnecki won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.10) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.86) while Hernandez was tops in the 50-yard freestyle (23.65) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.26). Junior Carly Piper also swam well, earning top-place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.43) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:10.07). Senior Molly Buhrandt, sophomore Anna Trinidad, Piper and Hernandez all competed on the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.87.
In diving, sophomore Amanda Witte won both the 1-meter board and the 3-meter board, earning point totals of 291.60 and 315.40, respectively.