Badger Sports Roundup, Feb. 6

Pendleton earns national acclaim; men's track team's freshman class nationally ranked; Plus results from women's tennis, wrestling and men's and women's swimming

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Pendleton earns national honors

Senior swimmer Bethany Pendleton keeps winning awards. Already Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for this week, Pendleton was named the Division I National Women's Swimmer of the Week by Teammate junior Carly Piper received the award Nov. 14, the only other Badger to do so this season.

Pendleton won three individual events and swam on two top-place relays in the Badgers' quadrangular meet last weekend against No. 24 Minnesota, Purdue and Illinois. Pendleton swam with the 800-yard freestyle relay that set a new pool time of 7:26.78 and on the 400 free relay. She also set pool records in the 200 individual medley (2:02.66) and the 400 individual medley (4:17.91), earning automatic qualifying times for the NCAA Championships in both. She also won the 200 freestyle.

UW gets second loss in tournament


The women's tennis team fell to No. 10 North Carolina 5-2 at the USTA/ITA Women's National Team Indoor Tennis Championships, which Wisconsin is hosting.


UNC (4-1 overall) began by sweeping the doubles competition. Only the team of seniors Teresa Gonzaga and Shana McElroy came close, taking seniors Lee Bairos and Kendrick Bunn to a tiebreaker but ultimately losing 9-8 (5).


In singles play, only juniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin picked up wins, the first two for the Badgers this weekend. McGaffigan defeated No. 34 Aniela Mojzis, a junior, 6-4 and 6-1 and Martin took down No. 98 Caitlin Collins, a freshman, 6-3 and 6-3.


Wisconsin next plays No. 23 Tennessee, Saturday at 9 a.m.


UW has fifth-ranked freshman class in track


According to Track & Field News, Wisconsin has the fifth-best freshman class in the nation, behind Florida, Texas, Oregon and Auburn.


This year's class boasts three All-American freshmen: Chris Solinski, Paul Hubbard and Joe Thomas.


Solinski, who also ran cross country and received All-American honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, was the top-ranked prep athlete in the two-mile race and was ranked third in the mile. Hubbard is tops in the Big Ten in the triple jump at 50' 8 ¼" and was named the fourth-best prep triple jumper in the nation by Track & Field News. He also is wide receiver with the football team. Thomas, an offensive lineman and defensive end in football, was ranked third in the shot put has thrown 55' 7 ¾" this season. Other freshmen who contributed to the No. 5 freshman class rating include middle-distance runner Tim Lacy; sprinter Demi Omole; and distance runner Tim Nelson.


Wrestlers throttle Purdue


For the third time this season, No. 12 Wisconsin was too much for the Boilermakers. The Badgers won all but two matches and sophomores Tom Clum (125) and Kelly Flaherty (165) each earned technical falls over their opponents, propelling Wisconsin to a 28-6 win.


Wisconsin (16-3 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) jumped out to an early start with junior Brady Reinke (184) and sophomore Ryan Flaherty (184) each taking important decisions. Wisconsin continued to win, picking up the technical fall win from Clum (125) and decisions from sophomore Ed Gutnik (133) and junior Tyler Laudon (141).


Wisconsin lost at the heavyweight spot, as senior Israel Blevins defeated Badger senior Jareck Horton, and at 149—when senior Dan Jankowski defeated sophomore Tony Turner—but took the three remaining matches. Senior Ralph DeNisco (174) defeated No. 4 senior Ryan Lange in a 5-1 decision victory in the biggest matchup of the dual. Redshirt freshman Tyler Turner (157) and Kelly Flaherty (165) closed out the win.   


Wisconsin heads west to face Illinois Sunday afternoon.


Men's, women's swim teams wrap up dual seasons with wins


The Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team concluded its dual meet season Friday night with a dominating performance against UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee. The Badgers won 11 of 13 events, led by sophomore Anna Trinidad, who won two individual titles and swam on a winning relay. Trinidad captured the 200-yard individual medley title in a time of 2:03.91 before cruising to a win by more than four seconds in the 200 backstroke (2:04.07). She also teamed up with Molly Buhrandt, Sarah Hernandez and Bethany Pendleton to set a new pool record in winning the 200 freestyle relay (1:34.12).


Junior Carly Piper also set a new pool record in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:24.93, a record she set last year.


 "Carly's mile record by 10 seconds was a nice addition to tonight's action," coach Eric Hansen said.


In diving, sophomore Amanda Witte took first on the three-meter board with a score of 273.55, while sophomore Cassie Kubly took the one-meter board with 241.30 points.


The women's team is 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten in dual meet competition. The Badgers' next competition is Feb. 18-21 in the Big Ten championships in Minneapolis.


The Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team had similar success, winning 10 of 13 events to sweep UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.


Wisconsin's seniors turned in impressive performances during their final competition as Badgers in Madison. Chris Anderson earned first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.85) while Matt Marshall's 20.65 effort in the 50 freestyle gave the Badgers additional first-place points.


Senior Pat Torpey completed the third first-place finish for the senior class with a 1:49.56 finish in the 200 butterfly. Kevin Zakrzewski contributed by swimming a leg of the first-place 200 medley relay.


Wisconsin finished its dual meet season 8-2 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten and next takes to the pool Feb. 26-28 for the Big Ten championships, Feb. 26-28 in West Lafayette, Ind.


—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report

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