Wisconsin Swimming Sweeps Minnesota in Rivalry Showdown

Beata Nelson led Wisconsin past Minnesota. Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

The Wisconsin swimming & diving teams both picked up Big Ten wins at Minnesota on Friday. The women brought it down to the wire, coming away with a 155-145 victory, as the men impressed with a 177-123 triumph.

The Badgers had a number of impressive individual performances, with multiple senior swimmers coming away with top finishes in more than one event.

On the women’s side, senior Beata Nelson took first in the 100 Back (51.31), 200 Back (1:53.65), and the 100 Fly (52.38), while also helping the Badgers touch first in the 200 Free relay (1:32.10). Senior Megan Doty also shined, taking the top spot in the 200 Free (1:47.55), 200 Fly (2:00.82), and 400 IM (4:19.16).

For the men, it was seniors Cameron Tysoe, Michael Milinovich, and Griffin Back, as well as junior Matthew Novinski, who came through big.


Tysoe earned wins in the 200 Free (1:38.43) and 200 Back (1:46.49), Milinovich took first in the 200 Fly (1:48.95) and 400 IM (3:58.54), Back won the 50 Free (20.31) and 100 Free (44.46), while helping multiple relay teams to a first-place finish – the 200 Free (1:21.30) and 200 Medley (1:27.88) – and Novinski came through with a win in the 100 Back (47.97) and assisted in the Badgers’ victory of the 200 Medley relay.

Additional notable wins for Wisconsin swimming came from junior MJ Mao, who finished first in the men’s 100 Fly (47.79), junior Madison Waechter, earning the top spot in the women’s 500 Free (4:52.94) and 1000 Free (9:55.99), and sophomore Alana Palmer who touched first in the women’s 100 Free (50.49).

Sophomore Tazman Abramowicz was the lone Badger diver who finished in the top spot on the boards, winning the men’s 3 meter with a score of 398.03.

The dual started strong right out of the gate for the Gophers, as the women’s 200 medley relay team of Emily Cook, Lindsey Kozelsky, Tevyn Waddell and Maggie Summit secured a first place finish (1:39.89).

As is the norm for the All-American senior, Kozelsky hauled in two individual first place finishes for the Maroon and Gold as well. Touching first in both the 100 breast (59.77) and 200 breast (2:12.36), Kozelsky remained undefeated in Big Ten action in both events this season.

Summit, another member of the 200 medley team, also finished first in an individual event for Minnesota. In the 50 free, the freshman touched first with a time of 23.37.

One of the biggest highlights of the night for Minnesota occurred in the diving well. Freshman Joy Zhu swept the women’s diving events, taking first in both the one-meter (316.20) and three-meter (320.10). The pair of first place scores mark Zhu’s first wins as a collegiate diver.

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