Badger men's swimming in 19th after first day

200-meter relay places ninth at NCAA Championships

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The men's swimming team is in 19th place at the NCAA Championships in Long Island, N.Y., after the first day of competition. Thursday, Wisconsin collected 18 points, all of which came from its 200-meter freestyle relay.


The Badgers won the consolation final in the 200 relay, finishing ninth overall with a time of 1:28.69. Junior Adam Mania, senior Matt Marshall, junior Eric Wiesner and senior Dale Rogers each swam a leg of the relay and earned honorable mention All-America honors.


Wisconsin was slated to participate in the consolation finals of the 400 medley relay as well but the team was disqualified after it was ruled that Marshall left early in the butterfly leg of the race.


"I was proud of the four guys that responded on the 200 free relay and was happy that they finished as consolation champions," head coach Eric Hansen said. "It was disappointing to be disqualified in the medley relay that we would have scored in, but we turned it into a rallying point and responded accordingly."


Three Wisconsin swimmers also participated in individual events, although none qualified for the finals. Marshall took 25th overall in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.31, while Mania and junior Tim Liebhold swam in the 200 individual medley. Mania took 32nd with a time of 2:01.12 and Liebhold finished 34th in 2:01.34.

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