NORTHWESTERN V. WISCONSIN – MEN
- February 6, 2021
- Madison, WI
- Results – Meet Mobile
- Wisconsin 156.5, Northwestern 143.5
- Notable absences
- Northwestern: Federico Burdisso (has not raced this season), Ryan Gridley (has not raced this season), Collin Schuster
- Wisconsin: Matt Novinski (has not raced this season), Eli Fouts, Graham Miotke (has not raced this season), Frank Niziolek (has not raced this season)
The Wisconsin men look like they’ve assembled their best team in a while as they picked up the win today against Northwestern.
Wisconsin’s freshmen have been very impressive this season, and today was no exception: Andrew Benson put down several statement swims, including sweeps of the sprint free events. He was 19.77 in the 50 free, a lifetime best by .08, and followed up with a 43.23 lifetime best in the 100 free (by .20). On relays, Benson was huge– though Wisconsin touched second in the 400 medley relay, he was 52.05 on the breast leg, which is much faster than his flat-start best of 53.61 from December 2019.
In the 200 free relay, Benson led off in another best, blasting a 19.55 as Wisconsin put down a winning time of 1:19.53. With two dual meets done, Benson has gone a lifetime best in every flat-start race he’s swum this season. Jacob Newmark, another of Wisconsin’s star freshmen, contributed a big win in the 200 free with a 1:36.11, just .40 off of his season and lifetime best.
Auburn transfer Josh Dannhauser was another double-winner for Wisconsin, clocking a 9:00.38 in the 1000 free and a 4:23.70 in the 500 free.
Also earning victories for the Badgers were sophomore Wes Jekel in the 200 IM (1:46.57), in a tight finish ahead of Northwestern’s Emils Jurcik (1:46.95) and Wisconsin’s Caleb Aman (1:46.97), and junior Erik Gessner in the 100 fly (47.09). Gessner just out-touched Jekel and NU’s Alessandro Burdisso (47.64), who tied for second. Gessner was also 46.12 fly on Wisconsin’s 400 medley, which got a 47.22 lead-off from Jekel and a 43.84 anchor from Newmark.
Northwestern had several big swims today, including the opening 400 medley relay win. Taking the victory by a hair over Wisconsin, 3:09.07 to 3:09.23, they were buoyed by their front half. Junior Manu Bacarizo dropped a 46.74 on the back leg, and sophomore Kevin Houseman delivered a major 51.26 breast leg. Connor LaMastra (47.29) was the fly leg, and sophomore Aleksa Bobar anchored (43.78).
Bacarizo and Houseman were the two rocks for NU today. Bacarizo swept the backstrokes, going 47.08 in the 100 and then 1:41.82 in the 200, taking .02 off of his old season best and moving to T-11th nationally. Houseman, meanwhile, swept the breaststrokes with a 53.89 in the 100 and 1:57.06 in the 200.
LaMastra, a senior and Dartmouth transfer, was the other winner for the Wildcats. He led a 1-2 in the 200 fly with sophomore Ben Miller, as they went 1:44.35 and 1:45.17, respectively. Both swims were season-bests.
On the diving boards, Tazman Abramowicz swept for Wisconsin.