Badger Sports Roundup, Feb. 18

Women's swimming second after day one of Big Ten tourney; men's soccer freshman may qualify for national team

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Women's swimming second after two events


The No. 9 Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team is in second place after the first day of the Big Ten Championships. Michigan leads with 74 points, following by the Badgers (66) and Penn State (64). Iowa, host Minnesota and Purdue have 56 points apiece.


The first day of competition consisted of the finals in only the 200-yard medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. Penn State broke a record it set last year in the 200 medley with a new time of 1:39.22, which is an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Wisconsin came in third in 1:41.16, just after Michigan. Both schools, along with fourth-place Minnesota, earned NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Indiana, Illinois and Ohio State were all disqualified.


In the 800 freestyle, Michigan clocked in first with a time of 7.07.40, with Wisconsin finishing second in 7:11.81. The Badgers had won the event four consecutive years prior to Wednesday. Indiana took third in 7:13.13.

Soccer frosh goes to U-20 team camp


Freshman defender Aaron Hohlbein was asked to suit up in the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's second training camp Tuesday. This camp will help decide the participants in the 2005 Federation Internationale de Football Association World Youth Championship. The camp runs Feb. 20-26 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and is led by Thomas Rongen, who will eventually select the final roster. Participants at the camp will play three games against two professional soccer teams, the Colorado Rapids and the Columbus Crew.


"This is a great opportunity for Aaron," Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. "He had a great fall for us and he did very well in the [Olympic Development Program] in Los Angeles. I am confident he will do very well in the camp next week."


In his freshman year, Hohlbein had an assist and two goals and made the All-Big Ten second team, the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and the Big Ten Conference All-Tournament Team.

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