Women's swimming fourth after day two

Badgers earn NCAA "A" standard times in three events

With strong performances from senior Carly Piper, junior Anna Trinidad and the 200-yard freestyle relay team Thursday, the Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team is in fourth place at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Indiana. Wisconsin has 181 team points, while Penn State leads all teams with 238.

Piper won the 500-yard freestyle race for the fourth straight year, earning an NCAA "A" standard time of 4 minutes, 42 seconds even. UW has a history of winning the race – former Badger Ellen Stonebraker won the 500 free from 1998-2001 and Piper took first from 2002-05.

"With where Carly is in terms of training and preparation, I'm not surprised at all by her performance," head coach Eric Hansen said. "I'm really happy she was able to successfully defend her title once again."

The 200 freestyle relay team placed second overall in an NCAA "A"-standard time of 1:30.73. Swimming on the relay team were junior Sarah Hernandez, freshman Jackie Vavrek, Trinidad and freshman Hannah McClurg. Trinidad also earned an NCAA "A" standard time of 2:00.42 in the 200 individual medley, placing second.

Junior diver Amanda Witte took 21st in the 1-meter preliminary diving competition but did not advance to the finals.


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