The Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Big Ten Duals in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday and Saturday, with the women easily sweeping the competition. The No. 8 women defeated Minnesota 207-146, Illinois, 234-119 and Purdue, 210-143. The No. 18 men, though, struggled and fell to Minnesota 268-85 and Purdue 212-141.
For the women, junior Anna Trinidad earned an NCAA B-standard time of 1 minute, 59.77 seconds in the 200-yard backstroke and won the event. She also was part of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams Saturday.
Friday, sophomore Susan Johnson won the 100 backstroke in 56.55 and swam with the top-place 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams.
"Our women proved that they can be better than ever before," head coach Eric Hansen said. "They have the potential to have their best year as long as we stay healthy."
For the men, only senior Adam Mania won an event Friday, placing first in 100 backstroke in 48.55. Saturday, senior Eric Wiesner place third in the 100 freestyle (45.34), second with the 200 freestyle relay team (1:22.51) and second with the 400 freestyle relay team (3:01.17).
Women's tennis opens duals season with a pair of wins
The Wisconsin women's tennis team (2-0 overall) narrowly defeated No. 70 Colorado (1-1) 4-3 Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
After winning all three of their matches in doubles, senior Lindsay Martin defeated No. 76 sophomore Lynzee Kever 6-3 and 6-2, taking the team's fourth point.
No. 99 sophomore Caitlin Burke easily defeated junior Jessica Vanderdys 6-0 and 6-0, while freshman Chelsea Nusslock took down freshman Gleisy Torres Torres 6-1, 6-0.
Caiati, senior Katie McGaffigan and freshman Nicole Beck all lost their matches.
The Badgers shut out Northern Illinois Friday, defeating the Huskies 7-0 Friday. The Badgers swept the doubles point and ran away with all six singles points. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock, playing at the No. 6 spot, shut out opponent sophomore Megan Brooks 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Kaylan Caiati clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-0 win over senior Daniela Martinez at the No. 4 spot.
"It feels good to come out of the weekend 2-0," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "It doesn't matter if it's 4-3 or 7-0; it's good to get these wins."
Men's tennis falls to Broncos
The Wisconsin men's tennis team (1-2) fell to No. 63 Western Michigan 4-3 Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Western Michigan won the doubles point with wins over two of Wisconsin's three doubles squads, although juniors Jordan Raemisch and Mark Weinig picked up an 8-6 win over Jose Orozco and Tim Bradshaw.
Badger senior Alex Kasarov harassed Orozco, defeating him 7-5 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Lachezar Kasarov and freshman Jeremy Sonkin also earned wins but the Badgers lost at the No. 3, 4 and 6 spots.
"Western Michigan is a great team," head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. "I thought they played with a little more enthusiasm than we did, especially in a few spots."