Wisconsin Makes Transfer Portal Splash by Adding Silins (TCU), Morris (Minnesota)

Wisconsin is turning to the transfer portal to reload on talent for next season.

The Badgers announced a pair of notable pickups last month, TCU breaststroker Janis Silins and Minnesota freestyler Chris Morris, who both set program records at their previous schools.

Silins will be a fifth year at Wisconsin, where he’ll look to rebound following a less-than-stellar senior campaign for the Horned Frogs. The Latvia native earned top-four finishes in both the 100 breast and 200 breast at the Big 12 Championships during his first three seasons at TCU, qualifying for the 2022 NCAA Championships, but the five-time Big 12 medalist was well off his best times last season.

Silins ended up placing seventh in the 100 breast (54.03) and 11th in the 200 breast (2:00.14) at February’s Big 12s, about two and six seconds off his lifetime bests, respectively. He leaves TCU as the school record holder in the 100 breast (52.11), 200 breast (1:54.05), 200 medley relay (1:26.03) and 400 medley relay (3:09.44).

Best Times

  • 100 breast – 52.11 (from 2021)
  • 200 breast – 1:54.05 (from 2021)
  • 200 IM – 1:48.69 (from 2020)

If Silins can get back to his best times from a couple years ago, it should be enough to get him into an A-final at next year’s Big Ten Championships. If not, he’ll probably still be within range of the B-final and C-final in the 100 breast and 200 breast.

The Badgers are graduating their top breaststroker, senior Will Myhre, who was their lone A-finalist in a breaststroke event at Big 12s this past season with a sixth-place finish in the 100 breast (52.11). Myhre also split 51.27 for Wisconsin’s 400 medley relay team that placed second at Big Tens. That runner-up 400 medley relay squad is also at risk of losing seniors Wes Jekel and Constantin Bensch, who are both in the transfer portal.

Meanwhile, Morris is on more of an upward trajectory, and he’s only used up two years of NCAA eligibility so far. As a sophomore at Minnesota, he helped the Gophers’ 800 free relay team break the school record at November’s Minnesota Invitational with a 6:16.25. His leadoff split of 1:34.22 ranked second in program history, and would have placed him sixth at the 2023 Big Ten Championships, where he ultimately placed ninth in 1:35.40.

A 13-time Big Ten scorer, Morris also clocked personal-best times in the 50 free (20.33), 100 free (43.57), and 200 IM (1:44.88) last season. He made the B-final in the 100 free, 200 free, and 200 IM at Big Tens last season. He went on to qualify for the 2023 NCAA Championships on Minnesota’s 800 free relay, which placed 20th as Morris split 1:34.25 on the second leg.

Best Times 

  • 50 free – 20.33
  • 100 free – 43.57
  • 200 free – 1:34.22
  • 200 IM – 1:44.88

Morris would have been the second-fastest 200 freestyler on Wisconsin’s team last season behind Big Ten champion Jake Newmark (1:31.61). He should be a welcome addition to the Badgers’ 800 free relay, where Newmark posted the only sub-1:35 split on the team en route to a fifth-place finish at Big Tens behind Morris’ Minnesota squad.

As a team, the Wisconsin men placed fourth behind Michigan, Ohio State, and Indiana at the 2023 Big Ten Championships in the fifth season under head coach Yuri Suguiyama.

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Crimson chin
1 year ago

Let it be know that there is only one “chin.” No negachin, butt chin, nothing. Just crimson chin.

Also side note: chris Morris and mid Martinez are no threat. Just sayin

Old Swimmer
1 year ago

This is devastating for Minnesota! What is going on there?

urahrah
Reply to  Old Swimmer
1 year ago

That’s Abby Carlsons boyfriend lol. I don’t think there’s much more to read into than that.

Umnswimmer12301988
Reply to  Old Swimmer
1 year ago

It was more of a “Minnesota left Morris” than “Morris left Minnesota.” No one here is disappointed, trust me.

B1Guy!
1 year ago

Ouch that’s gotta sting for the Gophers! Guess they gotta Roll On! 😉

Umnswimmer
Reply to  B1Guy!
1 year ago

Wisconsin is gonna find out soon enough who they recruited and my guess is that they’ll have some regrets

Umnswammer19983012
Reply to  B1Guy!
1 year ago

If he keeps up his behavior that made him leave Minnesota, it’s gonna sting for the Badgers soon too.

UMsucks
Reply to  Umnswammer19983012
1 year ago

Gonna sting when the gophers lose to Penn State at big 10’s

Last edited 1 year ago by UMsucks
Negachin
Reply to  Umnswammer19983012
1 year ago

Gonna sting when gophers only score 300 points at big tens

Jack
Reply to  Umnswammer19983012
8 months ago

He had to leave his old club team for the same reasons

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