WISCONSIN vs MINNESOTA (MEN’S & WOMEN’S DUAL)
- Friday, November 4, 2022
- Soderholm Family Aquatic Center, Madison, WI
- SCY (25 yards)
- Wisconsin – 181
- Minnesota – 117
- Wisconsin – 172
- Minnesota – 128
Wisconsin hosted Minnesota for a combined Big Ten dual on Friday, besting the Golden Gophers by large margins in both men’s and women’s scoring.
Wes Jekel was a triple event winner, sweeping the backstroke events and winning the 200 IM as well. Jekel swam a 47.99 in the 100 back, leading the field by over half a second. He went on to post a 1:47.33 in the 200 back, taking over the race on the third 50 and holding his lead into the finish.
Jekel’s biggest victory came in the 200 IM, where he swam a 1:47.44. He got his hand on the wall first by 2.5 seconds, fueled by an excellent 26.73 back split.
Minnesota’s Max McHugh was, as always, excellent in the breast events. He won a tight race in the 100 breast, clocking a 53.43 to touch ahead of Wisconsin’s Will Myhre (53.67). It was a different story in the 200 breast, where McHugh swam a 1:57.51, finishing as the only swimmer in the field under 2:00.
Minnesota’s Kaiser Neverman swept the fly events, swimming a 47.94 to take the 100 fly. Earlier in the meet, Neverman finished in 1:46.96 in the 200 fly, establishing a big early lead, and holding on through the back half of the race.
Though Minnesota lost the meet, Megan Van Berkom was arguably the top women’s performer. She won the 200 fly and 200 IM, also coming in second in the 500 free. In the 200 fly, Van Berkom swam a 1:58.13. She was trailing Wisconsin’s Mackenzie McConagha at the 150 mark, but came home in 30.57 on the final 50, much faster than McConagha’s 31.83, and Van Berkom took over the lead. McConagha finished second in 1:58.69.
Van Berkom would win another very close race in the 200 IM, swimming a 2:00.20, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Wisconsin’s Phoebe Bacon. She was trailing again at the halfway mark of the race, but superior breast and free legs put her in position to touch Bacon out at the finish.
Bacon won a pair of events herself, sweeping the backstroke races. She swam a 54.35 in the 100 back, leading the field by nearly a full second. Bacon was even better in the 200 back, where she clocked a 1:55.61.
Bacon also helped the Wisconsin 200 medley relay to victory, swimming a 25.21 on the lead-off leg, marking the fastest backstroke split in the field. Hazal Ozkan split 28.50 on the breast leg, followed by Mallory Jump with a 24.26 on fly, and Abby Wanezek with a 22.66 anchor leg. The Badgers finished in 1:40.63.
Jump would go on from the relay to win the 100 fly, swimming a 54.37.
Wisconsin’s Paige McKenna won the 1000 free decisively, posting a 9:55.51. She led a 1-2-3 charge by Wisconsin’s formidable distance crew. Alivia Lindorfer took second in 10:04.16, while Elle Braun finished third with a 10:05.07. Blair Stoneburg would win the 500 free for Wisconsin, swimming a 4:49.53 to touch over five seconds ahead of runner-up Van Berkom (4:54.84).
Wisconsin’s Elizabeth Moore swept the breast events, first taking the 100 breast in 1:02.30. She then won a more decisive victory in the 200 breast, clocking a 2:13.79.
Hannah Cornish (Minnesota) finished in 22.94 to win the 50 free for Minnesota, touching first by 0.40 seconds. She would go on to take second in the 100 free in a very close race with Wisconsin’s Abby Carlson. Carlson would establish a small early lead on the first 50, then managed to hold on as Cornish tightened the gap. In the end, Carlson finished in 50.56 to Cornish’s 50.59.
Carlson also won the 200 free, swimming a 1:48.08 to beat out teammate Stoneburg (1:48.46).