The Wisconsin men have picked up 3 more signees, adding Kevin Braun, Cameron Tysoe, and Niko Stines to their 2016-17 roster. Braun and Stines will contribute to the Badgers’ sprint group, while Tysoe brings in backstroke talent.
Braun swam personal bests in the 50 (20.71) and 100 freestyle (45.32) at Illinois State Championships this year. Even more impressive for the McHenry native, though, have been his relay splits. From a rolling start, Braun has clocked times of 19.56 and 44.77, indicating that he could develop into a strong relay swimmer for the Badgers. While his primary events are the freestyle sprints, he also put up best times of 51.51 in the 100 back and 1:55.09 in the 200 IM at the 2016 Illinois State Championships.
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Fellow sprinter Stines, an Atlanta-based swimmer, could have some good battles in practice with Braun, as their best times are narrowly separated. Stines’ best events are the 50 and 100 free, in which he boasts times of 21.06 and 45.20. He’s also dropped time in the middle distance events this year, posting a 1:40.14 in the 200 free and a 4:36.18 in the 500 free.
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Tysoe, a native of Canberra, Australia, doesn’t have any yards experience yet, but his long course times in the 100 and 200 back show his potential. He’s been 57.25 and 2:05.40 in those events, respectively. Aside from backstroke, Tysoe has also had success in the sprint free events, with personal bests of 24.05 in the 50 LCM free and 52.19 in the 100 LCM free.
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At Wisconsin, the trio will join up with Cannon Clifton in their sprint training. Clifton, and NCAA qualifier for the Badgers, was a finalist at the Big Ten Championships in the 50 and 100 free this season. Tysoe will train backstroke with Austin Byrd and Brett Pinfold, who swam in Big Ten finals of the 100 and 200 backstroke, respectively, last season.