Badger Sports Roundup, July 9

Badger swimmers in finals, former UW coach takes head job at Xavier; Omole and Hubbard on fire at Pre-World Meet

Badger swimmers enter finals

Carly Piper and Bethany Pendleton must wait until Saturday to know their Olympic fates. Both advanced past the semifinals in their respective events Friday evening at the U.S. Olympic Trials but must wait until Saturday for the final races.

Pendleton, who completed her eligibility last season, placed seventh in the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley, clocking in at 2:15.98. Piper, who will enter her senior year at UW, had the fifth-fastest time in the semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle, finishing in 2:00.27.

Junior Anna Trinidad did not advance as far in the 200 IM. She swam a time of 2:21.09 in the preliminaries and did not make it to the semifinals.

Dale Rogers, another swimmer who finished his senior season at UW last spring, did not qualify for the finals in the 200 freestyle after finishing in 1:50.95. He and former classmate Matt Marshall will swim the 100 freestyle Saturday.

Former UW assistant coach takes helm at Xavier

Sean Miller, an assistant basketball coach under Stu Jackson from 1992-93, was named the Xavier head coach July 8. Miller replaces Thad Matta, who filled the vacancy at Ohio State. Miller was an assistant at Xavier for three years under Matta, who resigned July 7, and an obvious choice as a head coach for the university.

"It's been a fast and furious 24 hours," Xavier Athletic Director Dawn Rogers said. "At 7 p.m. [Wednesday] evening when our search began our focus immediately shifted to Sean. He's played an important part in recruiting and player development at every program he's been at."

Miller also held assistant coaching stints at his alma mater, Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio) University and North Carolina State. In 12 years as an assistant coach, he has helped 10 teams to postseason play.

Omole, Hubbard tear it up at Pre-World Meet

In a dress rehearsal for the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, UW track and field athletes Demi Omole and Paul Hubbard put on shows, earning top finishes in their respective events. Both competed with Team USA at the Pre-World Meet, also held in Grosseto, a precursor to the World Junior Championships, which run July 13-18.

Omole, who will be a sophomore on the men's track team, won his heat in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.66. Hubbard, a classmate of Omole's and a wide receiver on the football team, won the men's triple jump in 51 feet, 5 ¾ inches.

Omole will compete in the 100 meters July 13 and 14 and Hubbard will participate in the triple jump July 16 and 18 if he qualifies for the finals.

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