UW gets final shot at times

first_imgSaturday afternoon the Badgers swim into Minneapolis where they will participate in the Go-Pher It Invite, with last-chance hopes of lowering necessary qualifying times for the NCAA Championships.Aside from the Badgers, other schools participating will be Minnesota and Iowa ? as well as a few other small schools ? all of which will look to reduce their lap times for national qualification. The men?s swimming team ? led by head coach Eric Hansen ? took seventh place at the Big Ten Championships last weekend and expect to have at least five swimmers participating in the NCAA Championships later this month.?Right now we feel pretty confident that we?re sending approximately five guys to NCAAs,? Hansen said. ?But at the same time some of those qualifying times are a little close, so we’re going to try to knock them down just a little bit and go from there. All of our qualifying times have been lowered because of Big Tens, but this is the Olympic year, and people are swimming really fast right now. It?s been a little quicker than it has been in the past and thus we just want to ensure that we?re making the meet.?The Badgers will look to decrease times in both the 200 meter freestyle relay and the 200 meter medley relay, with swimmers Kyle Sorensen, Phil Davies, Mike Desautels, Mitch Buenger, Derek O?Donnell, Eric Johnson and Mike Hopkins participating respectively.?There?s an ‘A’ standard, and there?s a ‘B’ standard, and right now we have the ‘B’ standards,? Hansen said. ?The ones that we’re going to try to improve are ‘B’ standards that are close to ‘A’ standards. If you get the ‘A’ standard you?re in [the NCAA Championships] for sure.?Looking to improve their times and drop into the ‘A’ standard is no small feat, but one that the perseverant Badger swimmers are willing to work for. Last weekend, the team took seventh overall in three grueling days of competition at the Big Ten Championships and in doing so helped to solidify a spot at Nationals in many categories.?It?s just going to be about the relays this weekend,? junior freestyle swimmer Kyle Sorensen said. ?It?s just going to be us swimming against the clock, trying to beat our time from the Big Tens. We?d really like the NCAA ‘A’ cut, which is entirely possible with the guys that we have going up there.?Throughout practice this week the Badgers have prepared and trained for what will be one of the most important meets of the season.?For those guys [practice] has been pretty low key,? Hansen said. ?It?s just been recover and then refocus for this weekend and sharpen up a little. The main thing we really focus on is our standing at the NCAA level, and we were 29th last year. We?re quite confident that we?ll be better than that this year, and that?s really what matters to us.?last_img