Senior wrestler Tom Clum placed fifth at the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday morning, finishing 5-2 in the tournament. Teammate sophomore Craig Henning placed eighth overall; both wrestlers earned All-America honors.
The third-seeded Clum, wrestling at 133 pounds, fell to No. 1 Shawn Bunch of Edinboro 9-5 Saturday but defeated No. 2 Nathan Morgan of Oklahoma State 9-6 to finish fifth.
"It was nice to see Tom Clum end his career in style with a win," assistant coach Tony Black said. "Wisconsin wrestling is going to miss his ability and leadership next season."
Henning, wrestling at 157 pounds, met up with Indiana's Brandon Becker Saturday in the battle for seventh place. Becker defeated Henning 9-6 after he notched a takedown and five near fall points in the first period to take an early 7-0 lead. Henning finished the tournament with a 4-3 record.
Several other Badgers appeared in the NCAA tournament but did not place, including senior Ed Gutnik, who went 1-2 at the event; junior tri-captain Tyler Turner, who was 3-2; redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst (3-2); and junior Collin Cudd (0-2). Those four Badgers lost at least one match on the first day of the tournament.
Women's swimming: Badgers finish ninth at NCAAs
The Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team earned seven top-10 finishes en route to a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., the Badgers' best finish in school history. Wisconsin led all Big Ten teams with 146 points, while Auburn won the NCAA championships with 518.5 points. The Badgers earned 15 All-America and 10 honorable mention All-America honors.
Freshman Yi Ting Siow finished fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.26, picking up her first career All-America honor Thursday. She picked up another individual All-America honor on Saturday, taking sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.77 Saturday.
Junior captain Susan Johnson took eighth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:56.39, earning All-America honors Saturday.
Wisconsin's relay teams fared particularly well at the championships, with four relays finishing in the top 10. On Thursday, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Sarah Hernandez, sophomore Hannah McClurg, sophomore Jackie Vavrek and senior Amalia Sarnecki placed seventh in 1:30.79, garnering All-America honors. The 400-yard medley relay took second in the consolation finals, 10th overall, with a time of 3:39.40. The four members of that team, junior Susan Johnson, sophomore Jenny Gelden, senior Anna Trinidad and Sarnecki earned honorable mention All-America status.
Friday brought more All-America honors for the Badgers, as Johnson, Sarnecki, Geldin and Vavrek placed sixth in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.16. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Trinidad, senior Emily Carpenter, freshman Jennifer Illescas and Siow finished 12th in 7:17.06 and earned honorable mention All-America status.
On Saturday, the 400-yard freestyle relay team propelled the Badgers from 10th to ninth by finishing eighth in a time of 3:20.10. Trinidad, Hernandez, Johnson and Sarnecki each earned All-America honors.
Other Badger finishers include: Trinidad (20th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard IM in 2:01.27 and 26th in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries in 1:48.68); Andrea Wiesner (22nd in the preliminaries of the 200-yard IM in 2:01.37); Vavrek (21st in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle in 22.90); Sarnecki (12th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.85, and 10th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.65, both good for honorable mention All-America honors); Johnson (17th in the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly in 54.24, 17th in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke in 54.48).
Wisconsin head coach Eric Hansen will coach the United States national team at the World Short Course Swimming Championships April 5-7 in Shanghai, China. Former Badgers Carly Piper and Tim Liebhold will compete at that meet.
Women's tennis: Badgers narrowly avoid sweep
Freshman Elizabeth Carpenter defeated San Diego's Helene Lindstrand 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8 in a hotly contested match to give the Wisconsin women's tennis team (3-10) its lone win against the Toreros Friday.
The Badgers fell 6-1 to host San Diego, which swept the doubles point and won five of six matches in straight sets. With the exception of Carpenter, no Badger won more than three games in singles play. Wisconsin visits No. 22 Michigan March 25 and Michigan State March 26.
Men's tennis: Badgers lose to South Florida
The Wisconsin men's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to South Florida Friday in Tampa, Fla.
Wisconsin (8-5) won the doubles point. The doubles teams of sophomore Felipe Bellido and junior Lachezar Kasarov and sophomores Nolan Polley and Jeremy Sonkin each downed their opponents to claim the doubles point for the Badgers.
Bellido won his 15th match of the season, defeating Dillon Brozyna 6-1, 6-0 to claim Wisconsin's lone singles point.
Wisconsin hosts Michigan March 25 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Women's hockey: Bauer earns Player of the Week from USCHO.com
Junior forward Sara Bauer was named the U.S. College Hockey Online.com player of the week after she had eight points on a goal and seven assists in the semifinal and championship games of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament last weekend. She helped the Badgers to their first-ever WCHA tournament championship and provided assists on three of Cyndy Kenyon's four goals against St. Cloud State in the semifinals.