Women's swimming: UW 12th after day one

Piper, two relay teams earn All-America honors

Senior Carly Piper led the No. 8 Wisconsin women's swimming team at the first day of NCAA competition in West Lafayette, Ind., earning a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

The Badgers are in 12th place with 37 points, while Georgia is in the lead with 211 points.

Piper finished the 500 free in 4 minutes, 39.81 seconds, breaking her old conference record of 4:41.23, set in 2003. Emily Mason of Arizona, though, reeled off a time of 4:37.11 to win the event.

"Certainly the highlight for us today was Carly's performance," head coach Eric Hansen said. "Overall we did some solid things, but we need to make some adjustments for tomorrow to put ourselves in a better position."

Two of Wisconsin's relay teams earned points in the consolation finals. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Jackie Vavrek, junior Sarah Hernandez, junior Anna Trinidad and freshman Hannah McClurg finished third in the consolation finals — or 11th overall — in 1:31.52. The 400-yard medley relay team of Piper, sophomore Susan Johnson, junior Amalia Sarnecki and freshman Jenny Gelden finished in 3:40.30, placing fourth in the consolation final and 12th overall. Both teams earned All-America honors.

Nusslock earns first weekly honor

Chelsea Nusslock, a freshman on the Wisconsin women's tennis team, earned Big Ten Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Thursday.

Nusslock is currently on a six-match win streak that dates back to Feb. 5, when she defeated Tiffany Robertson of then-No. 24 New Mexico. Nusslock has an 8-2 dual record at No. 6 singles. Competing at No. 3 doubles, Nusslock and freshman Nicole Beck defeated DePaul's Bojana Murisic and Brenda Leung last weekend, giving Wisconsin the doubles point. Wisconsin went on to win 5-2.

The Badgers will next compete Monday in UC-Santa Barbara against UTEP at 10 a.m.

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