Badger Sports Roundup, Jan. 13

Women's track, swimming athletes earn individual honors; rankings roundup

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Lucas named Big Ten Athlete of the Week

 

Wisconsin freshman Shuntia Lucas won two individual events and was on the winning 4x400-meter relay at the season opening Badger Track Classic. The Benton Harbor, Mich. native won the 60-meter dash in 7.78 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.19 seconds. Her 200-meter time moves her into sixth on the UW's all-time indoor list. Lucas also anchored Wisconsin's 4x400-meter relay team to a winning time of 4:03.02.

 

Wisconsin boasts conference swimmer, diver of the week

 

Badger freshman Susan Johnson and sophomore Amanda Witte each claimed Big Ten honors this week.

 

Johnson earned conference Co-Swimmer of the Week acclaim, winning three individual events and taking part in a winning 200-yard medley relay team in a four-team dual against Hawaii, Stony Brook and San Diego State Jan. 9. She claimed first place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (56.59), 200-yard backstroke (2:01.06) and the 100-yard butterfly (55.71).

 

Of the 10 weeks this season the Big Ten has awarded a Women's Swimmer of the Week honor, a Badger has claimed it six times.

 

Witte became the first UW women's diver to earn Women's Big Ten Swimmer of the Week since Siobhan Kernan won back-to-back honors on Nov. 6 and 13, 2001. Witte posted impressive marks on both of the diving boards during Friday's dual meet. She won the 1-meter board with a point total of 291.60, while taking the 3-meter crown with a mark of 315.40 to easily outdistance the competition.

 

Witte followed up the effort by sweeping all three diving events at the Hawaii Diving Invitational over the weekend. Her nine-dive performance on the platform earned her a score of 406.00 to set a new school record in the event. She also posted personal-best marks of 300.30 on the 1-meter board (six dives) and 466.45 on the 3-meter (11 dives). Her efforts surpassed the necessary standards to qualify her for the NCAA Zone qualifying competition in all three events.

 

Wisconsin defeated all three of its opponents in the quad dual Jan. 9, running its dual record to 7-1 overall.

 

Wisconsin in national polls

 

Men's basketball – No. 18 ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll; No. 19 Associated Press

 

Men's hockey – No. 4 U.S. College Hockey Online; No. 4 USA Today/American Hockey Magazine; No. 8 PairWise Rankings

 

Women's hockey – No. 5  USCHO.com; No. 5 USA Today/AHM; No. 4 PWR

 

Wrestling – No. 16 Wisconsin Wrestling International Newsmagazine.; No. 16 National Wrestling Coaches' Association; No. 15 Intermat


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