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Badgers begin in big way at Texas Invitational, school record set

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AUSTIN, Texas -- NCAA 'A' cuts and personal records were met, while a school record was set, as the Wisconsin swimming and diving program began competition at the Texas Invitational at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Thursday.

Ivy Martin set a school record and went on to win the 100-yard butterfly, claimed the title in the 50-yard freestyle with the second-fastest time in school history for an NCAA 'A' cut and was part of another 'A' cut on UW's 200-yard freestyle relay team. Through the first evening of finals, the No. 23 UW women's team ended in third place with 177 points and the No. 21 UW men's team came in at sixth with 80 points.

"I thought we competed very well today," UW swimming and diving head coach Whitney Hite said. "We had a number of really good swims. Jenny Holtzen and Matt Hutchins in the 500 free were very outstanding swims. Cannon Clifton's swim in the 100 fly was an all-time (program) swim. Ivy Martin made the hard cut in the 50 free for NCAAs and our 200 free relay women's team also got an 'A' cut, which is huge for us.

"Ivy then breaking the school record in the 100 fly made for an all-in-all great start to the invite."

The tone was set early for the women, as the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Martin, Chase Kinney, Aja Van Hout and Annie Tamblyn made an early statement to open the day with a runner-up finish in a time of 1 minute, 29.44 seconds, which stood as an automatic NCAA 'A' cut.

Quick out of the gates themselves, for the men, it was Clifton, Damon Zito, Brett Pinfold and Ryan Barsanti who clocked in with their fastest time of the season in the relay event and finished eighth in 1:21.04.

Putting her dominance on display in the 50-yard freestyle. Martin won the finals in 21.94, but it was her time of 21.89 in preliminaries that stole the show. Not only did her time of 21.89 make the hard cut for NCAAs, it also ranked second all-time in school history and clocked her in with the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season.

Rounding out the top eight of the 50 free for the women were Kinney and Van Hout, who placed sixth (22.84) and eighth (23.04), respectively. Kinney's time tied her for ninth in school history.

For the men in the 50 free, Clifton posted the ninth-fastest time in UW history at 20.18 for a 'B' cut and 11th-place finish.

Martin wasn't done, as she went on to set a school record in preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly at 52.44. She would finish third in the finals (52.75). Dana Grindall finished seventh in the finals, but posted the fifth-fastest time in school history in prelims (53.56). Both Grindall and Martin earned 'B' cuts.

Sophomore Clifton picked up a personal best time of his own in the 100 fly (48.16) for a 16th-place finish in the event and the ninth-fastest time in school history.

In the 500-yard freestlye, it was sophomore Hutchins and junior Holtzen who once again led the Badgers. Each earned fifth-place finishes with times of 4:18.78 and 4:46.19, respectively. Hutchins' time was the third-fastest in school history, while Holtzen's swim went down as the sixth-best in UW annals.

Not far behind in the event was Nick Caldwell, who finished 11th (4:23.97) en route to a 'B' cut, and Carolina Palm, who came in 18th (4:53.51).

Senior captain Van Hout earned a 'B' cut and fourth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.57). On the men's side, both Pinfold and teDuits earned 'B' cuts, as Pinfold touched 16th (1:47.91) and teDuits placed 17th (1:47.67).

Concluding the first day of competition, Tamblyn, Meinholz, Martin and Van Hout teamed up for a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:38.98), while teDuits, Nick Schafer, Clifton and Pinfold combined for seventh place (3:13.08) in the event and swam the ninth-fastest time in school history.

The Texas invitational follows the same format as NCAA and conference championship meets. Also in attendance are host Texas, USC, Harvard, Arizona, Utah, BYU, Wyoming, Incarnate Word and the men's teams of Hawaii and UC-Santa Barbara, as well as the women of Notre Dame.

Preliminaries for the second day of the Texas Invitational begin at 10 a.m. (CT) in the Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Finals will begin at 6 p.m.

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