Badger Sports Roundup, Feb. 28

Men's swimming finishes fifth, men's and women's tennis lose

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Swimming finishes fifth in conference


The men's swimming and diving team finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., after taking second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Wisconsin finished with 341.5 points overall while conference winner Minnesota had 712.5 points. 


Senior Matt Marshall, junior Adam Mania, junior Eric Wiesner and senior Dale Rogers broke a school record in the 400 of 2:55.03 with a new time of 2.54.05.


 "It was pretty amazing for us to come in and finish this meet off," Marshall said. "We had some ups and downs in the meet. To finish it off with a relay, even getting second, it was a second faster than we went last year to win it. We're looking forward to taking on NCAA's."


Mania also took second in the 200 backstroke and again broke a school record with a new time of 1:43.31. Mania had previously set the old time of 1:45.53.


Senior Pat Torpey took fourth in the 200 butterfly with a finishing time of 1:47.27, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying time.


Men's tennis defeated by Wildcats


In its Big Ten opener, the men's tennis team could not keep up with the No. 40 Northwestern Wildcats (9-4 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) Saturday at home.


Wisconsin (3-4, 0-1) earned the doubles point after its top two pairs, No. 40 junior Alex Kasarov and senior David Hippee, and senior Scott Green and sophomore Alex Conti, both defeated their opponents 8-6.


In singles action, only Green and Kasarov had wins. Green defeated freshman Willy Lock in a challenging match, finally winning 6-2, 3-6 and 7-6 (7) in the tiebreaker.


Lobos crush women's tennis


No. 32 New Mexico flat-out owned the No. 70 Badger women's tennis team, crushing them 7-0 Saturday in Lobos territory.


Juniors Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan faced the No. 16 team in the country of senior Sandy Lukowski and sophomore Maja Kovacek, losing 8-6. New Mexico also claimed the other two doubles matches.


Freshman Kaylan Caiati was the only Badger to win a set against New Mexico, although she eventually lost to junior Michelle Heidbrink 6-3, 0-6 and 6-1.

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