Badger Sports Roundup

Four future Badgers selected in weekend's NHL Draft; Former, current track athletes compete at USATF Championships, Tegenkamp places second; swimmers stay active with participation in the Fairfax Invitational.

Four future Badgers selected in NHL Draft

Four future University of Wisconsin men's hockey players were selected in Saturday's NHL Draft, including three who will join the team this fall.

Defensemen Nigel Williams and Jamie McBain and forward Blake Geoffrion, all members of the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2005-06, were selected in the second round.

Williams, who was ranked No. 13 in the final Central Scouting Service rankings for eligible forwards/defensemen, went No. 51 overall to Colorado. Williams (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) had six goals, nine assists and 59 penalty minutes in 56 games with NTDP's Under-18 squad, which won a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships this spring.

Geoffrion (6-2, 195) was selected No. 56 overall by Nashville. He was ranked 33rd by the CSS after contributing 41 points (18 goals and 23 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 54 games for the U-18.

The 84th ranked McBain (6-2, 190) went No. 63 overall to the Stanley-Cup-Champion Carolina Hurricanes. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound McBain had 30 points (9 goals and 21 assists) and 41 penalty minutes in 55 games with U-18.

Williams, Geoffrion and McBain all signed national letters of intent last fall and will join the Badgers for the 2006-07 season.

Additionally, future Badger forward Chris Hickey was drafted in the seventh round, No. 192 overall, by Minnesota. Hickey, a highly regarded forward who will be a senior at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn. this fall, has verbally committed to UW for the class of 2008. Hickey (6-2, 185) could also join the UW hockey team in the fall of 2007, depending on the Badgers' need at his position. Hickey had 37 goals and 26 assists in 31 games for Minnesota's Class AA state champions.

Current Badger center Ben Street was ranked No. 191 by the CSS but went undrafted. In his freshman year at UW last season, Street was sixth on the team with 10 goals. He also contributed five assists and a +9 rating. During the Badgers' run to the NCAA Championship, Street centered a highly productive line between Ross Carlson and Jack Skille.

Track: Badgers compete at USATF Championships

Highlighted by Matt Tegenkamp's second-place finish in the 5,000 meters, several current and former Wisconsin track and field athletes competed at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis June 21-25.

Tegenkamp, a former Badger distance runner who now competes for Nike, ran a personal-best 13 minutes, 15 seconds. By placing second — just behind Nike's Bernard Lagat — Tegenkamp qualifies for the national team. That team competes at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Cup in Athens, Greece, Sept. 16-17.

Current UW runner Chris Solinsky placed 12th in the 5,000 in 13:47.24 and teammate Tim Nelson took 21st in 14:21.59. Current Badger distance runner Stuart Eagon finished ninth in the 10,000 meters in 29:10.19, best among collegiate athletes.

Senior-to-be Joe Detmer, seeded 11th, finished seventh in the decathlon with 6,453 points. Although he did not clear a height in the pole vault, he won the 1,500 meters in 4:30.46 and the 400 meters in a personal-best 47.03 seconds. Nike's Tom Pappas won with 8,319 points.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Bethke placed fourth in the junior men's steeplechase in 9:14.97, just two seconds behind winner Cory Thorn (9:12.66). Bethke also placed fourth in the men's junior 1,500 meters in 3:47.04.

Sprinter Demi Omole finished fifth in his heat of the 100-meter semifinals in 10.35 seconds, just missing the finals. Justin Gatlin won Omole's heat and later the finals, in 9.93 seconds.

Badger runner James Groce, competing unattached, placed seventh in the junior men's 400 meters finals in 47.27 seconds.

Jenelle Deatherage, a former Badger, placed eighth in the women's 1,500 meters in 4:13.71.

Current Badger pole vaulter Jenny Soceka, competing in the women's junior pole vault competition, did not clear a height.

Swimming: Badgers compete at Fairfax Invite

Members of the men's and women's swimming and diving team competed at the Fairfax Invitational in Eau Claire, Wis., Saturday and Sunday. The meet prepares UW swimmers for the national Janet Evans Invitational in Los Angeles July 13-16. Prior to that, the swimmers will compete at the Western Great Lakes Open July 8 in Brown Deer, Wis. Sophomore-to-be Yi Ting Siow set a meet record in the 400-meter individual medley Saturday, highlighting the team's trip to Eau Claire.

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