Benson Hits More PRs, Houseman Splits 51.2 BR as Badgers Beat NU


  • February 6, 2021
  • Madison, WI
  • Results – Meet Mobile
  • Scores
    • 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.

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3 years ago

All hail King Benson

3 years ago

If this is what Benson and Newmark are doing as freshmen, I’m really excited to see the next four years. With these guys at the helm Wisconsin is gonna be scary for a long time to come.

The only class I think I could possibly compare this year’s freshmen to at this point is that 2013 class Whitney had with Hutchins/Pinfold/Clifton but these guys look like they are already far outperforming that at this point in their careers.

3 years ago

Wisconsin should definitely move up in the rankings, they put together some impressive swims today. Yuri and his team are really working in Madison

Daeleb Cressel
3 years ago

Bet on Benson

3 years ago

Dang that looks like a fun fast meet. Take diving out and that was pretty much neck and neck the whole way!! B1G 10 battle between Wisconsin and Northwestern could be a fun watch for 4th

Daddy of Gophers
3 years ago

Look like the wisco men should be on the “honorable mentioned” list now eh? Minnesota will probably just move up because of this tho smh.

All Day
3 years ago

SwimSwam Hates the badgers.

Last edited 3 years ago by All Day
All Day
3 years ago

Wow Wisconsin swam so well Minnesota might just move up in the NCAA rankings!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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