Badger Sports Roundup, March 1

Pendleton earns national honor; women's hockey's Rickard earns conference acclaim; women's tennis victorious

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Pendleton named National Swimmer of the Week


Senior Bethany Pendleton was named the Division I National Swimmer of the Week by for her efforts in the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 19-21 in Minneapolis.


At the championships, Pendleton set a new conference record in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:08.92, beating the old record by almost three seconds. This time is also the fastest in the nation this year. In addition, Pendleton set a school record and won an individual title with a 1:58.25 in the 200 medley. She also swam on two second-place relays: the 200 and 400 freestyles. The 200 free relay set the second-fastest time in school history at 1:31.48.


Pendleton is one of nine Badgers who has earned a spot in the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, March 18-20.


Rickard receives kudos


Karen Rickard, a senior right wing from Bowmanville, Ontario, led Wisconsin to a two-game road sweep of Ohio State with three goals and two assists in the series. In the Badgers' 5-1 win Friday, Rickard scored two goals and added an assist on the game-winning goal. On Saturday, Rickard scored a goal and again assisted on the game-winner as Wisconsin earned an 8-2 win. For the weekend, Rickard finished with a +5 rating.


Rickard is tied for the team lead with 14 goals and is tied for third with 23 points.


Houston: we has a problem…


The No. 70 Wisconsin women's tennis team gave Houston plenty of trouble Monday, defeating them 6-1 in Albuquerque, N.M.


The Badgers (6-6 overall), who lost every single match in a loss to New Mexico Saturday, recovered well and picked up the doubles point to get off to a solid start.


No. 52 junior Katie McGaffigan defeated No. 80 junior Biljana Dimovka after losing the first set 4-6. She came back and won her second and third sets, 6-4 and 10-5.  Senior Teresa Gonzaga took her match against junior Diana Martin into overtime, eventually defeating her 6-2 and 7-6 (5). Only sophomore Lexi Goldin lost her match, falling to Kami Miller 6-4 and 6-2.


—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report

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