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Johnson swimmer of the week; Starks big play could net scholarship cash for UW

Johnson nets swimmer of the week honors

Wisconsin sophomore swimmer Susan Johnson picked up three NCAA automatic qualifying times and two school records at the Texas Invitational over the weekend so it was natural that she also received Big Ten Swimmer of the Week awards for her efforts.

"Susan has made a ton of progress this year," head coach Eric Hansen said. "I was very happy with her performance at Texas, and I expect her to get better and better as this season goes on."

Johnson earned qualifying times in the 100-yard backstroke (53.70), the 200 back (1:55.32) and the 100 fly (53.64 in the preliminaries); she broke her own school records in the backstroke events, which she originally set last year.

This is Johnson's second conference honor this year and third award of her career.

Starks' fumble finalist for game changing performance of the year

Senior cornerback Scott Starks won Wisconsin's matchup against Purdue with a 40-yard game-winning fumble return for a touchdown Oct. 16 and now that same play could benefit the university.

Fan can vote for Starks' performance in ESPN.com's Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year. If the play is selected from the six finalists, UW will be awarded $100,000 for its general scholarship fund.

Fans can visit http://espn.com/pontiac to vote for the play. Voting can be done weekly and the winner will be announced Jan. 4.

The award won Game Changing Performance of the Week after the Purdue game and UW received $5,000, which was split between five student ticket-holders, who received $1,000 each.

Lee Kemp candidate for NCAA 75th Anniversary team

Former Badger freestyle wrestler Lee Kemp is one of 45 athletes who has been nominated for the NCAA 75th Anniversary team, in honor of 75 years of NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the NCAA and National Wrestling Coaches Association. Fans are being asked to help choose 15 wrestlers for this team, which will be recognized at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Kemp became the youngest American to win the gold medal in the World Freestyle Championships at 21 years old. He also won seven national freestyle titles, three World Championships and two gold medals in the Pan American Games. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow summer games.

The wrestlers up for nomination have been split into three categories of 15 wrestlers each: lightweights (115-141 lbs.); middleweights (142-174 lbs.); and heavyweights (177-285 lbs.). Each week, voters can select five wrestlers from each category.

NWCA voting


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