Swimming, wrestling roundup

Five Badger swimmers qualify for NCAAs, grapplers place ninth at 46-team invite

Five Wisconsin swimmers earned 10 NCAA qualifying times over the weekend at the Texas Invitational in Austin. The No. 20 Wisconsin women's team finished third of 13 teams with 603 points, while the No. 20 men placed sixth out of 12 teams with 323 points. Both the men's and women's teams from Texas won their meets.

Senior Adam Mania earned an automatic bid and a win in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:45.74, nearly a second ahead of the 1:46.69 automatic bid time. He also broke his own school record of 1:46.99 with that swim on Thursday.

Senior Carly Piper finished second in the 500-yard freestyle but still qualified for the NCAA Championships with a time of 4:42.25 on Thursday. Friday, she earned an NCAA "A" standard time in the 200 free, finishing in second in 1:47.08. She continued to rack up qualifying times on Saturday, earning an "A" time in the 1,650-yard freestyle of 16:06.61, an event she also won. .

Junior Anna Trinidad earned a NCAA-qualifying time of 1:59.92 in the 200-yard IM, placing second in the race on Thursday.

Sophomore Susan Johnson earned automatic bids all three days of the meet. She finished in 53.64 in the preliminary round of the 100-yard fly, placing second in the finals on Thursday. Like Mania, she broke her own school record of 54.14 on Friday, clocking in at 53.66 in the preliminary round of the 100-yard backstroke. She won the event in 53.70 in the finals. Saturday, she added her third NCAA "A" time in the 200 back, earning a qualifying time of 1:56.99 in the prelims but then breaking that mark—and her own school record—in the finals, winning in 1:55.42.

On Friday, junior Amalia Sarnecki earned her first NCAA "A" time, finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.65. She earned her second NCAA bid Saturday when she earned an "A" time of 2:12.01 in the 200 breaststroke, which broke her school record of 2:12.37.

Badgers place ninth at Vegas Invite

The Wisconsin wrestling team posted 65.5 points at the 46-team 2004 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite Friday and Saturday to finish ninth, while Michigan won the event with 148 points.

"Overall, I think we wrestled pretty well this weekend. I think there's always room for improvement so we can take this and definitely learn from it," assistant head coach Bart Chelesvig said.

Four Badgers placed in their weight classes at the prestigious meet. Freshman Craig Henning (149 pounds) took seventh place after defeating Purdue's Doug Withstandley 7-1 Saturday. He went 4-2 over the weekend, including a 7-4 loss to Hofstra's Jon Masa in the quarterfinals.

Sophomore Tyler Turner (157) defeated Paul Bjorlo of Virginia 6-2 to also take seventh. He picked up four decision wins but lost two matches, including one to Michigan's Ryan Bertin in the quarterfinals.

Redshirt freshman Jake Donar (165) defeated Heath Lohrman of Brown and Christopher Vondruska of Hofstra Saturday for a seventh-place finish. Donar finished the weekend 6-2.

Junior Ryan Flaherty (197) placed fifth in his class after defeating Marcus Schontube of Penn, whom he lost an 8-3 decision to in the quarterfinals. Flaherty earned three pins, two decisions and a technical fall win in finishing 6-2.


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