Senior Bethany Pendleton and junior Carly Piper grabbed a fifth and a sixth place, respectively, as Wisconsin competed in the first round of the NCAA Championships Thursday in College Station, Texas. The Badgers are in 10th place, tied with the University of Southern California, after the first day of competition.
Pendleton took fifth in the 200 individual medley finals, finishing in 2:11.34. She also participated on the 200 freestyle relay that finished fourth in the consolation final, in 1.42.11, along with sophomore Sarah Hernandez, sophomore Anna Trinidad and freshman Susan Johnson. The winner, Georgia, set a new world record of 1:37.27.
Pendleton also competed on the 400 medley relay that took third in the consolation final with a time of 4:05.60. Johnson, sophomore Amalia Sarnecki and Hernandez also competed with the team.
Piper finished sixth in the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:08.27.
"It was a great first day for us," coach Eric Hansen said. "We're happy to be in 10th, but not completely satisfied. We've got two days to go, but we feel good where we're at."
Badger wrestling in 12th after first day
The Badger wrestling squad is currently in 12th place out of 74 teams competing after the first day of the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
The Badgers have 14.5 points after the first day of the 2004 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Sophomore Tom Clum, the fourth seed at the 125-pound spot, was upset in the first round by Lehigh's Mario Stuart, but pinned Cleveland State's DeAngelo Penn in 37 seconds in the first round of his wrestlebacks. Wisconsin's seven other wrestlers are also in wrestlebacks after the first day of competition.