Men's swimming: UW seventh after two days

Seniors qualify for NCAAs at Big Ten Championships

The Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team is in seventh after the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis Friday. The Badgers have 191 points, while the University of Minnesota leads the pack with 469 points.

Seniors Adam Mania and Tim Liebhold fared well on the second day, each earning NCAA "A" qualifying times. Mania set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke, taking second in the finals in an NCAA "A" time of 46.86 seconds. Liebhold, meanwhile, finished third in the 400 IM in an NCAA "A" time of 3:46.08, which was also a new school record.

"We had a mixed bag, Adam (Mania) and Timmy (Liebhold) were great in their individual events," head coach Eric Hansen said. "On the other hand the relays didn‘t do what the should have, and we need to learn from it and improve."

Mania, Liebhold, senior Eric Wiesner and sophomore Tom Molzahn placed third in the 800-yard freestyle relay, earning an NCAA "B" time of 6:29.04.

Freshman diver Josh Bonner competed on the 3-meter board, placing 25th in the preliminaries. He, nor any other Badgers in his event, qualified for the finals.

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