Women's swimming in third place after three days

Badgers earn four top-three finishes at Big Tens

After three days of competition, the No. 8 Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team is in third place at the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Ind. The Badgers have 339 points while Penn State has a commanding lead with 485 points.

Sophomore Susan Johnson led the way for the Badgers, placing second in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100 butterfly. In the backstroke, she swam an NCAA "A" standard time of 54.24 seconds, while she recorded an NCAA "B" time of 54.23 in the 100 fly.

"Susan swam great tonight," head coach Eric Hansen said. "Based on her schedule for preparation, she swam even faster than we had hoped for."

Junior Amalia Sarnecki placed third in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in an NCAA "A" standard time of 1:01.72, despite breaking her wrist a month ago.

"With what Amalia has recently gone through, she probably had the best performance by anyone at the meet," Hansen said.

Wisconsin picked up second place in the 400 medley relay, with Johnson, Sarnecki, freshman Jenny Gelden and junior Sarah Hernandez earning an NCAA "B" time of 3:39.21. That time broke a previous UW record of 3:40.79.

Junior Amanda Witte placed 19th in the three-meter diving competition and did not advance to the finals.

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