Two Badgers earned NCAA qualifying marks as Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Texas Relays Friday and Saturday in Austin, Texas.
Junior Demi Omole placed fifth in the invitational 100-meter dash in 10.32 seconds, an NCAA regional qualifying time, and senior Alonzo Moore finished fifth in the triple jump at 51 feet, 9 ¼ inches to qualify for regionals. Moore finished seventh in section B of the long jump at 23-3 ¼.
Sophomore women's pole vaulter Blair Luethmers tied for fifth in section B of the pole vault with a best mark of 12-5 ½ , and freshman Jenny Soceka tied for 11th in the same section at 11-11 ¾. Freshman Megan Seidl tied for 10th in the high jump, with a best jump of 5-7, and junior Danielle Ohmen tied for 18th in the same event at 5-5.
Senior Brionne Yosten placed seventh in the 1,500 meters in 4:30.99 and junior ‘A Havahla Haynes took ninth in 4:39.31.
Men's rowing: Badgers sweep Michigan
The No. 11 Wisconsin men's rowing team swept No. 17 Michigan, winning all five races Saturday on Lake Mendota in Madison.
The varsity eight race was the closest, with the Badger boat winning the 2,000-meter course in 5:48 and Michigan clocking in at 5:48.9.
Women's rowing: Badgers place second
The Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team fell to California but beat Louisville on Eagle Creek in Indianapolis Saturday.
No. 2 Cal won the 2,000-meter varsity eight race in 6:23.62, with No. 15 Wisconsin taking second in 6:27.17 and Louisville placing third in 6:31.02.
Wisconsin's second varsity eight boat won its race in 6:34.90.
Men's swimming: Liebhold places 8th in 200 IM
Former Badger swimmer Tim Liebhold finished 8th in the 200-meter individual medley at the world championships Friday at Qi Zhong Stadium in Shanghai.
Liebhold finished in 1:59.52 after qualifying for the finals with a 1:58.80 mark. Ryan Lochte, a Team USA member, set a new world record in 1:53.31 in the finals.
Former Badger women's swimmer Carly Piper finished 14th in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.32 and did not qualify for the finals.
Women's tennis: Badgers lose two over the weekend
The Wisconsin women's tennis team fell to Iowa 6-1 Saturday at Coe College and lost a heartbreaker to Minnesota Sunday in Minneapolis.
Against Iowa (13-4 overall, 5-1 Big Ten), sophomore Morgan Tuttle, a transfer from Iowa, crushed Hawkeye freshman Kayla Berry 6-0, 6-0 for Wisconsin's lone point at No. 5 singles. Junior Kaylan Caiati took her opponent, No. 33 Meg Racette, to three sets after winning the first 6-1 but she dropped the second and third sets 6-0 and 6-3 at No. 1 singles.
The Badgers (4-15, 1-6) fell to Minnesota (4-13, 1-4) 4-3, with wins coming from freshman Liz Carpenter, Tuttle and senior Lexi Goldin. Wisconsin dropped the doubles point, however, and Caiati, Chelsea Nusslock and Nicole Beck all lost in singles.
Men's tennis: Badgers defeat Iowa, fall to Minnesota
The Wisconsin men's tennis team won five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to defeat Iowa 6-1 Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers, though, dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 40 Minnesota Sunday afternoon, also in Madison.
Wisconsin (9-9 overall, 2-5 Big Ten) got doubles wins from No. 55 sophomores Jeremy Sonkin and Nolan Polley and sophomore Felipe Bellido and junior Lachezar Kasarov against Iowa (5-10, 0-6). In singles, Sonkin defeated Bart van Monsjou 6-3, 6-1 at the top singles spot. Polley, junior Lachezar Kasarov, Bellido and freshman Gian Hodgson also won their singles matches.
Polley and Sonkin each defeated their singles opponents Sunday to grab Wisconsin's only points against the Gophers (11-9, 5-1). But the Badgers dropped the other four singles matches and lost the doubles point, despite a win from their top doubles team of Sonkin and Polley.
Softball: Badgers split with Minnesota
The Wisconsin softball team split a double header with Minnesota Sunday, defeating the Gophers 3-2 in extra innings before losing 4-2.
In the first game, UW trailed 2-1 in the bottom of eighth before Katie Hnatyk's bases-loaded single scored Athena Vasquez to tie it. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Joey Daniels was hit by a pitch, forcing in Sam Polito with the winning run.
Eden Brock pitched her 11th complete game, striking out 12 while improving to 11-7.
In game two, UW pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a base hit from Rene Konderik. Konderik and Stefanie Watt would score on a Theresa Boruta error to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead.
The Badgers tied it at 2-2 in the top of the sixth, but Minnesota regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on Valerie Alston's two-RBI double.
The Badgers are now 15-14 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten. Minnesota is 12-21, 1-7.