Everything fell into place Saturday for the University of Wisconsin football team to spend a week in Orlando, Fla. this winter. The Badgers should be announced this afternoon as one of the participants in the Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl.
With BCS No. 4 LSU losing to No. 13 Georgia in the SEC title game, and No. 5 Virginia Tech losing to Florida State in the ACC championship game, No. 6 Ohio State should move up to No. 4 when the final BCS rankings are announced today.
If the Buckeyes indeed are ranked No. 4 in the final release, they will be guaranteed an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game. No. 3 Penn State owns the Big Ten's automatic bid.
After beating Hawaii last week, No. 18 Wisconsin was tentatively offered a spot in the Capital One Bowl, contingent on Ohio State's receipt of a BCS bid.
The BCS bowl placements will be officially unveiled during the BCS selection show at 4 p.m. Central on ABC.
Women's hockey: Badgers score two hat tricks in win
The No. 4 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Bemidji State 10-3, with junior forward Sara Bauer and senior forward Grace Hutchins scoring three goals each Saturday in Roseau, Minn.
Playing on neutral ice, Wisconsin scored its first goal eight-and-a-half minutes into the game and never looked back. Bauer and Hutchins led the Badgers (13-2-0 overall, 10-1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) with their six goals and freshman forward Tia Hanson, senior forward Nikki Burish, senior forward Sharon Cole and freshman forward Erika Lawler also contributed scores. Senior forward Cyndy Kenyon led both teams with a career-high four assists.
Bemidji State (3-10-2, 2-9-0) kicked off its scoring with a goal from sophomore forward Jessica Pullar 11 minutes into the first period. Its remaining goals both came on power plays in the third period, from sophomore forward Tara Hiscock and junior forward Helena Tageson
After Bauer scored her second goal, on a power play 13 minutes into the first period, the Beavers pulled sophomore netminder Emily Brookshaw in favor of senior Jill Luebke. Brookshaw had four saves and four goals allowed, while Luebke gave up six goals and stopped 22 shots.
For Wisconsin, senior goalie Megan Horras started the game and played for 40 minutes. But with a comfortable 8-1 lead, Wisconsin brought out redshirt freshman Jessie Vetter, who saw her first action of her career. Horras collected 11 saves and gave up one goal, while Vetter had five saves and two goals allowed.
Wisconsin faces Bemidji State Sunday in the second part of the two-game series.
Two Badgers place at Cliff Keen Invite
Junior Tyler Turner and sophomore Craig Henning placed third and fourth, respectively, at the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas over the weekend. The No. 8 Wisconsin wrestling team sent nine wrestlers to the invitational and finished 19th out of 20 teams, with 43.5 points.
Turner won his first three matches at 149 pounds and fell 7-3 to No. 11 Gregor Gillespie of Edinboro in the semifinals. Turner defeated Arizona State's Pat Payne 4-0 in wrestlebacks and upset Michigan No. 2 Eric Tannenbaum 4-3 to place third.
Henning, competing at 157 pounds, finished 5-2 to take fourth. He defeated his opponents 8-0, 8-2 and 7-4 in the first three rounds but the No. 8 Henning fell 4-3 in overtime to No. 7 Matt Lebe (West Virginia) in the quarterfinals. He won two wrestlebacks and set up a second match with Lebe for third place but fell 6-3 to take fourth.
"The Cliff Keen Invite was a great opportunity for our younger guys to experience a large tournament," assistant coach Tony Black said. "It was also nice to be to able see some of the top wrestlers in the country, who we will likely see later in the season."
Heavyweight redshirt freshman Kyle Massey pinned his first opponent but withdrew due to injury. Freshman Dallas Herbst (197), sophomore Jake Donar (165), senior Tony Turner (141), freshman Kyle Reeve (125), sophomore Matt Maciag (133) and redshirt freshman Zach Tanelli (184) also competed.
Men's and women's swimming: Badgers compete at Texas Invite
The Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Texas Invite throughout the weekend in Austin, Texas, with the women's team taking third with 525 points and the men's team finishing eighth with 117. Arizona won both the men's and women's team titles.
On Thursday, senior captain Anna Trinidad placed third in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley, where she finished in a NCAA qualifying time of 2:00.60. Junior Andrea Wiesner placed second in the 200 IM and also earned a NCAA "A" time of 2:00.06. Freshman Jen Illescas placed third in the 500 freestyle in 4:48.62 and senior Emily Carpenter took seventh in 4:52.48 to earn NCAA provisional times. Senior Amalia Sarnecki and senior Sarah Hernandez each earned NCAA "B" times in the 200-IM and 50-yard freestyle.
On Friday, Wiesner won the 400-yard individual medley in an NCAA qualifying time of 4:14.25, while the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Carpenter, Trinidad, Illescas and junior Susan Johnson placed second in 7:17.64, a NCAA provisional qualifying time. Wisconsin's 200-yard medley relay, of Johnson, sophomore Jenny Gelden, Sarnecki and sophomore Jackie Vavrek took fourth with an NCAA "B" (provisional) time of 1:41.13. Johnson picked up a NCAA "B" time of 54.93 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke.
On Saturday, Johnson placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, earning an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1 minute, 57.41 seconds. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hernandez, Trinidad, Johnson and Sarnecki placed fourth in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:20.92. Hernandez (sixth, 100 free, 49.91), Sarnecki (sixth, 200 breaststroke, 2:14.82), Gelden (fifth, 200 butterfly, 1:59.97), sophomore Katie Imhoff-Smith (sixth, 200 butterfly, 2:00.93), senior Rebecca Johansson (10th , 1,650 freestyle, 16:51.51) and Trinidad (seventh, 200 backstroke, 1:58.58) all finished in the top 10 and earned NCAA "B" (provisional) qualifying times.
After placing no one in the top 10 on Thursday, the relay team of junior Tom Molzahn, freshman Mike Desautels, senior Michael Hamm and freshman Scott Rice took seventh in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:39.24 on Friday. On Saturday, Rice placed ninth in the 200-yard butterfly in an NCAA "B" time of 1:47.69. The relay team of Rice, Desautels, Molzahn and freshman Kyle Sorensen placed seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:01.66.
Sophomore diver Justin Bonner placed ninth on the platform with a score of 212.20.
Women's track and cross country announce team awards
The Wisconsin women's track and cross country teams held their annual team banquet Saturday at the Pyle Center. Junior distance runner Katrina Rundhaug bagged the team Most Valuable Player honors for both cross country and track, sharing the latter honor with Melissa Talbot.
Rundhaug placed a team-best 36th at the NCAA championships Nov. 21, running a personal-best 20:29.9 in the 6,000 meters but missing All-America status by less that one-tenth of a second. She placed 15th at the Big Ten championships in 21:39.74 and 12th at the Great Lakes Regional, in 21:37.3.
Earlier this spring, Rundhaug won the 10,000 meters in 35:26.85 at the Big Ten outdoor championships and was named to the all-Big Ten team. She finished 13th in the 10,000 in 33:58.84 at the NCAA championships. She also earned provisional NCAA qualifying times in two indoor events: the 3,000 meters (9:33.32) and the 5,000 meters (16:26.45).
Talbot won the Big Ten title in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,479 points. She qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships and placed 19th there, finishing the 100-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 13.84 seconds.
Other cross country award-winners include: freshman Alicia Pabich, Freshman of the Year; senior Maggie Grabow, Most Improved; and senior Linsey Smith, Badger Award (for outstanding contributions to the program).
The other track and field award recipients are: freshman Kayla Schultz, Freshman of the Year; sophomore Michelle Bellford, Most Improved; sophomore Shuntia Lucas, Outstanding Sprinter; graduated senior Courtney Bauer, Outstanding Field Athlete; sophomore ‘A Havahla Haynes, Oustanding Distance Runner and junior Erica Schoeller, Badger Award (for outstanding contributions to the program).