Badger Sports Roundup, June 28

Three Badgers on Outland watch list; swimming teams finalize recruiting classes

Three Badgers on Outland "watch list"

Dan Buenning, Anttaj Hawthorne and Donovan Raiola have all made the Outland Trophy's "watch list," which was released today by the Football Writers Association of America.

The Outland Trophy is given to the top interior lineman on either offense or defense. Wisconsin is the only Big Ten school with multiple candidates and joins Florida State, Miami and Oklahoma as the only schools with three athletes on the 57-player list.

Senior left guard Dan Buenning, a team captain this fall, has played in 39 games and started 37 of them, including the last 24 games. He was named to the media's second-team all-Big Ten roster last season and the coaches' honorable mention list. He was also named a preseason second-team All-American this season by Lindy's and The Sporting News.

Hawthorne, a senior defensive tackle and another team captain, is a preseason first-team All-American according to The Sporting News and Lindy's. He was second in the conference in tackles for loss with 20 and was a first-team all-Big Ten pick by the media.

Junior center Donovan Raiola, one of only 12 juniors to make the watch list, was a consensus honorable mention all-Big Ten pick last season. He started all 13 games, the first UW sophomore to start at center since Casey Rabach performed the feat in 1998. Raiola also graces the 2004 Dave Rimington Trophy watch list, which goes to the top center in the nation.

Swimming and Diving pegs 10 more

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams have added 10 new recruits, in addition to the 11 that previously signed, for an incoming class consisting of 21 athletes.

The newest recruits include five divers, which should add depth to a diving squad that last year had only three divers (two females and one male).

"All of the divers coming onto this team are fine and outstanding kids with hard work ethics and a strong desire to compete," UW diving coach Josh Seykora said. "This makes up one of the finest diving recruiting classes in recent history."

Seykora will welcome Laura Davidson, a two-time state qualifier from Menomonee Falls, Wis. Davidson will be joined by: Josh Bonner, a Ridley Park, Pa., native, and two-time state championship; Justin Bonner, also of Ridley Park, who was a three-time state qualifier; Ben Raznick, who comes from Boulder, Colo., and took second at the Colorado state meet in 2004; and Rochester, Minn., native Ben Fjellanger, a three-time high school All-American.

The Badgers also signed two female swimmers from Waukesha: Katie Imhoff-Smith of Waukesha North High School and Gwen Jorgensen of Waukesha South.

Aaron Klein, a junior transfer from USC, will join the Badgers, as well as incoming freshmen Taylor Mathis (Charlotte, N.C.) and Will Weeks (Tucson, Ariz.).

"We're very pleased with the size of the class in addition to the quality," head coach Eric Hansen said. "I feel like we have a good balance of individuals that can make us better in places we aren't currently real strong."


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