For the ninth time in his career and third year in a row, University of Wisconsin men's track coach Ed Nuttycombe was named Big Ten Outdoor Coach of the Year after his team won the outdoor championships to take the Triple Crown. This is Nuttycombe's 17th overall conference award and the seventh time he has won indoor and outdoor coach of the year in the same year. Nuttycombe, in his 23rd season, has won 21 Big Ten team titles, including nine of the last 11 Big Ten Indoor Championships and nine of the last 12 outdoor titles. He has coached 134 individual conference champions.
Junior Demi Omole was named the men's track team's Big Ten sportsmanship award winner and senior Linsey Smith earned the women's honor.
Track: Badgers send 25 to regionals
Twenty-five UW track and field athletes will head to the NCAA Mideast Regional Friday and Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., including 13 men and a record-tying 12 women. The 13 men will compete in 16 events, with junior Demi Omole (100, 400 relay), freshman James Groce (400, 1,600 relay), senior Alonzo Moore (triple jump, long jump), senior Rick Bellford (400 relay, triple jump) and junior Chad Melotte (400 and 1,600 relays) competing in two events.
Omole currently holds the fastest 100 time in the region at 10.11, while junior Chris Solinsky has the best 5,000 time (13:277.94) and Moore has the best triple jump qualifying mark (53-6 ¼).
The women's team will send 12 athletes to compete in seven events, including sophomore Blair Luethmers, who has the team's highest seed (tied for fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 13-1 ½). Several men and women qualified for the 10,000 meters and decathlon and will automatically compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif.
Women's basketball: Anderson a finalist with U-20 team
Badger guard Jolene Anderson has been named a finalist for the USA U-20 team after she sat out of initial tryouts due to medical restrictions. She and 17 others will go to Colorado Springs, Colo., in July to compete for 12 roster spots. The team will compete at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship Aug. 9-13 in Mexico City, Mexico. The team will be coached by Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie and, at this point, includes three other Big Ten athletes.
Rowing: Men's varsity eight finishes fifth at Eastern Sprints
The No. 6 Wisconsin men's rowing team took home first, second and third-place finishes but took fifth in the varsity eight at the Eastern Sprints over the weekend in Worcester, Mass.
Wisconsin's top boat, racing in the grand finals after an inclement weather delay, finished in 5:49.310, behind winner Princeton (5:44.027). The Badgers' third varsity eight boat won its race, completing the race in 6:19.012 and defeating top-seeded Harvard. UW placed second in the second freshman eight. The Badgers clocked in at 6:28.637, six seconds behind winner Northeastern. The Badgers' second varsity eight placed third in 6:31.049.
Former Badger wins USA Duathlon
Briana (Stott-Messick) Boehmer, a UW runner from 2000-02, won the U.S. elite national title in the duathlon at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships May 6 and placed second in the world. Competing in a 10-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike and five-kilometer running course, Boehmer finished in 2 hours, 2.44 minutes, while Great Britain's Helen Lawrence won the elite title in 1:58.43. Boehmer qualified for the 2006 International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championships July 29-30 in Newfoundland.
Former Badger Sarah Kolpin (2000-04) placed third in the women's amateur race in 2:12.34, winning the 25-29 age group.
Wrestling: Flaherty to join Wisconsin Wrestling Club
Former UW wrestler Kelly Flaherty was named the USA Wisconsin Wrestling Club strength coach by the National Office of USA Wrestling, a team coached by former Badger Tom Clum.
"I'm very excited to have Kelly join the staff," Clum said. "His work ethic and strength training knowledge will be very useful to the athletes that will be working out with us."