The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team swept Minnesota State 3-2 Friday and 5-0 Saturday, ending their home season on a high note. The Badgers celebrated Senior Night Saturday and followed the shutout with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship trophy presentation. The Badgers have a 22-3-1 WCHA record (27-4-1 overall) heading into their final weekend of regular-season play at Ohio State while Mankato falls to 11-18-3 overall and 8-16-2 in the WCHA.
The Badgers' five seniors were honored Saturday: forwards Nikki Burish, Sharon Cole, Grace Hutchins and Cyndy Kenyon, and goaltender Meghan Horras. Horras recorded her 16th career shutout Saturday, setting a new school record. She stopped all of the Mavericks' 15 shots on goal.
Burish led the Badgers Saturday with a goal and two assists, while junior defender Kristen Witting scored her first goal of the season.
On Friday, freshman forward Erika Lawler notched the game-winning goal with 30 seconds in regulation to give the Badgers a 3-2 win. Burish scored a goal and had an assist in Friday's win.
Wrestling: Badgers upset No. 18 MSU, tie No. 6 Illinois
The No. 23 Wisconsin wrestling team defeated No. 18 Michigan State 22-15 Friday night in East Lansing and tied No. 6 Illinois 15-15 Sunday in Champaign, Ill., giving the Badgers a 9-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 conference record to end the season. The Badgers head to the Big Ten Championships March 3-5 in Bloomington, Ind.
Against the Illini, UW won its first three matches, with decisions from senior Tom Clum (133 pounds), senior Ed Gutnik (141) and junior Tyler Turner (149). At 157 pounds, Badger and No. 5 sophomore Craig Henning faced No. 1 Alex Tirapelle; both were undefeated heading into the match but the latter notched a 2-0 win with 1:17 of riding time.
No. 14 senior Kelly Flaherty scored a 1-0 decision over Roger Smith-Bergsrud, while senior Lee Kraemer defeated Matt Weight 7-5 in the heavyweight.
No. 17 sophomore Jake Donar (165), sophomore Matt Maciag (184), redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst (197) and junior Collin Cudd (125) all lost their matches; Cudd lost 5-3 to No. 8 Kyle Ott, which gave Illinois the tie.
Wisconsin visited No. 18 Michigan State Friday and came away with a 22-15 win, winning six matches, including the last three.
Down 15-12, the Badgers were led by Turner, who won a 11-9 decision over Darren McKnight to tie the match at 15-15. Henning earned a 12-2 major decision over Tony Greathouse and Donar earned a 6-1 decision over Bryan Harney at 165 to secure the win for the Badgers.
Swimming: UW wins three at Big Tens
The No. 11 Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team competed at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus Feb. 15-18, placing sixth with 358 points. Penn State claimed the championship with 552 points.
UW won several events over the four-day championships and Badger swimmers either automatically or provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in 14 events.
The 200-yard medley relay team of junior Susan Johnson, senior Amalia Sarnecki, senior Sarah Hernandez and sophomore Jackie Vavrek set a conference and school record of 1:38.89 and earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time Wednesday, winning the race. The next day, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hernandez, Vavrek, sophomore Hannah McClurg and Sarnecki placed second and set a new school record of 1:30.27, an NCAA automatic qualifying time.
On Friday, Sarnecki won the 100-yard breaststroke in an NCAA "B" time of 1:02.63, setting a pool record. And the 400-yard medley relay team of Johnson, Sarnecki, sophomore Jenny Gelden and Hernandez broke a school record with an NCAA "B" time of 3:39.05, good for second.
On Saturday, freshman Yi Ting Siow won her first career conference championship in the 200 breaststroke, which she finished in a pool record and an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:1 3.09. Siow previously qualified for the event in October with a time of 2:11.59.
Other NCAA qualifiers include: 800-yard freestyle relay (third with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7:13.02); Siow (third in the consolation finals of the 200 IM in 2:02.71, an NCAA "B" qualifying time, and seventh in the 400 IM with an NCAA "B" time of 4:21.85); senior Anna Trinidad (fourth in the consolation finals of the 200 IM with an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 2:03.13); Sarnecki (fifth in the consolation finals of the 200 IM with an NCAA "B" time of 2:03.99 and seventh in the 200 breaststroke with a NCAA "B" time of 2:18.25); Hernandez (sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in an NCAA "B" time of 22.99 seconds, sixth in the 100 butterfly in an NCAA "B" time of 55.04 and fifth in the 100 free with an NCAA "B" cut of 50.00); Vavrek (seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in an NCAA "B" time of 23.10 seconds); senior Emily Carpenter (third in the 200 freestyle in an NCAA "B" time of 1:49.19); McClurg (sixth in the consolation of the 100 free with a "B" time of 50.93); Gelden (seventh in the 200 butterfly in an NCAA "B" time of 2:01.65); and Johnson (second in the 200 backstroke in the consolation final with an NCAA "B" time of 2:01.88).
Junior Christine Wanezek earned Wisconsin's Big Ten Sportsmanship award while Johnson, Hernandez, Sarnecki, Vavrek and Siow were named to the first-team All-Big Ten. McClurg and Gelden earned second-team all conference honors.
The UW diving team did not qualify anyone in the top 16 in the 1- or 3-meter events. Senior Amanda Witte placed 14th in the platform diving preliminary round with 217.35 points.
Women's cross country: Pabich places 10th at cross country championship
Freshman Alicia Pabich placed 10th at the 2006 USA Cross Country Championships in the junior women's race. The competition was held Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. Pabich finished the 6,000-meter race in 21 minutes, 11 seconds. Fellow Badger freshman Ashley Benson took 24th in 22:22, while Nicole Blood, of Gansevoort, N.Y., won in 20:45.
Former Badger Bethany Brewster took 26th in the open women's 8,000-meter race in 28:28.
The top six finishers in each race will compete with the U.S. national team at the World Cross Country Championships in Japan April 1-2.