Badger Sports Roundup

News and notes from men's soccer, men's golf, rowing, wrestling and men's and women's swimming

Men's soccer players earns Big Ten acclaim

Wisconsin senior tri-captain Nick Van Sicklen was named first-team All-Big Ten Friday at the conference's annual awards banquet. He led the Big Ten in goals (12) and points (31) this season. Van Sicklen was a second-team all-conference selection in 2003 and a first-team choice in 2002.

Six other Badgers were honored Friday. Senior tri-captain midfielder Noah Goerlitz and sophomore defender Aaron Hohlbein were named second team all-conference. It was the second consecutive second-team selection for Goerlitz, who had five assists this year. Hohlbein was named to the all-freshman team last season.

UW tied Penn State for the most players on the Big Ten all-freshman squad. UW frosh defender Nick Caronna and midfielders Erik Ortega and B.J. Goodman earned this acclaim.

For the second consecutive season, senior goaltender Eric Hanson was Wisconsin's representative for the men's soccer Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. He was the university's all-sports representative as well last year.

Men's golf announces early signees

University of Wisconsin men's golf coach announced Friday that his program had signed Tyler Obermueller (River Falls, Wis.) and Ben Herrera (Waukee, Iowa) for the class of 2005.

Obermueller's sister Jackie is currently on the Wisconsin women's team. Tyler is a two-time WIAA Division I state champion. He advanced to the round of 16 in match play at the 2004 USGA Junior Amateur Championship. He is ranked No. 190 in the class of 2005 by Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Herrera is ranked No. 66 in the class of 2005 on the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index. He won a state individual title last year and has seven top 25 finishes in national events.

UW men's rowing wins marathon

The Wisconsin men's rowing team won the Marathon Rowing Championships in Natchitoches, La., Saturday. The varsity eight boat completed the 26-mile race in 2 hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds, just 1:09 behind the current world record of 2:34:50.

Texas, which finished second in 2:36:09, jumped out to an early lead, forcing the Badgers to catch up. Wisconsin—literally—ran into trouble when the boat struck a submerged log, snapping the fin of the boat at approximately the 14-mile mark. Senior Anders Pesavento swam to the back of the boat and replaced the fin with a spare. Although the fin change took five minutes, Wisconsin eventually regained the lead from Texas to win the race.

"The men competed very tough today," assistant coach Ed Golding said. "After having to go through the situation with the fin, and still winning the race, and only one minute behind the record, was very impressive."

Wisconsin has completed its fall season and will open its spring season April 9 in Madison against Michigan.

Wrestlers come up big at Pointer Open

Sixteen members of the Wisconsin wrestling team competed in the Pointer Open Saturday in Stevens Point, picking up seven top-three finishes in the gold division and seven in the silver division.

Senior Tyler Laudon (141 pounds) won his match in the gold round, while sophomore Colin Cudd (125), junior Tony Turner (141), freshman Craig Henning (149), sophomore Tyler Turner (157) and freshman Kyle Massey (heavyweight) each took second. Freshman Jake Donar, at 165, placed third.

Freshman Jordan Crass (141), freshman Zach Tanelli (125), freshman Mike Felling (165), freshman Justin Peterson (184) and freshman Dallas Herbst (197) won their silver round matches. Freshman Mike Metzger (157) finished second while freshman Dan Sneider (133) finished third.

Women's swimming defeats Northwestern

The No. 10 Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team (4-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) won 10 of 13 events en route to a 135.5-95.5 win over Northwestern Saturday in Evanston.

Senior Carly Piper and junior Anna Trinidad won two events apiece, with Piper winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:55.30 and the 200 free in 1:50.82. Trinidad finished first in the 400 individual medley in 4:20.77 and in the 100 free in 50.75.

Junior Rebecca Johansson, freshman Jackie Vavrek, sophomore Susan Johnson and junior Amalia Sarnecki also won their respective events.

Badger swimmers fall to Northwestern

The No. 17 Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team (3-3 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) narrowly slipped to No. 14 Northwestern 130-113 on Saturday in Evanston, keeping within reach until the final race.

The Badgers only won 5 of 13 events but also had several second-place finishes. Senior Eric Wiesner won the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.69) and placed second in the 100 free (45.40). Freshman Mike Swanson won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:27.42 while senior Tim Liebhold took the 400 free in just under four minutes, finishing in 3:59.28. Freshman Nick Bennett won the 200 butterfly and sophomore Tom Molzhan won the 500-yard freestyle.

Senior Adam Mania also put up points for Wisconsin, placing second in the 50 free (21.00) and in the 200 backstroke (1:48.37).

"I thought we performed consistent, and improved a lot from last week," head coach Eric Hansen said. "Our men showed great intensity and the young guys stepped up and competed to their potential today."

Freshman diver Josh Bonner placed second on the 1- and 3-meter boards, with scores of 315.60 and 341.40, respectively. Twin brother Justin finished fourth on both boards, with scores of 281.40 on the 3-meter board and 300.07 on the 1-meter board.

Both Wisconsin swimming and diving teams will compete in the Minnesota invite in Minneapolis next weekend.

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