Badger Sports Roundup, March 27

Mania, Liebhold pick up final NCAA honors

Adam Mania and Tim Liebhold, seniors on the Wisconsin men's swimming team, each earned honors Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis to cap off their careers as Badgers. Wisconsin, which sent only Mania and Liebhold to the NCAAs, finished in 18th place with 45 points, while Auburn won with 420 points.

Mania and Liebhold competed in the 200-yard backstroke, with the former taking seventh in 1 minute, 43.75 seconds and the latter clocking in at 1:44.78 for 16th place. Mania earned All-America honors and Liebhold earned honorable mention All-America recognition.

"These two guys did an amazing job this weekend," head coach Eric Hansen said. "Having both our guys score in all of their events was a great way to finish the season. For only having two swimmers competing, taking 18th place says a lot about how hard these guys worked."

Engstrom, MacLeod earn All-America honors

Senior defenders Molly Engstrom and Carla MacLeod earned more national honors, as they were named to the 2005 American Coaches Hockey Association All-America team. Engstrom was a first-team selection while MacLeod picked up second-team honors.

Engstrom was also named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-conference selection. She was also a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 finalist, along with MacLeod. MacLeod was also named to the ACHA All-America second team last season; in addition to this award, she was named U.S. College Hockey Online's Defensive Player of the Year and earned second-team All-WCHA honors.

Women's tennis: Badgers edge No. 39 Michigan

The No. 45 Wisconsin women's tennis team rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 39 Michigan (6-8 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) 4-3 Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Wisconsin (9-4, 2-1) won four straight singles matches to claim the victory, including a three-set win from No. 93 Katie McGaffigan, who defeated No. 150 Michelle DaCosta 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.

After dropping the doubles point, Wisconsin found itself down with losses from redshirt freshman Nicole Beck and true freshman Chelsea Nusslock at No. 5 and 6, respectively.

Wisconsin, though, bounced back, with help from sophomore Caitlin Burke, who defeated Elizabeth Exon 6-0, 6-2 to give the Badgers a point. Sophomore Kaylan Caiati and senior Lindsay Martin also picked up wins for Wisconsin.

"I couldn't be prouder of the team for hanging in there and staying tough," head coach Patti Henderson said. "That was a great college tennis match."

The Badgers host Notre Dame Tuesday.


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