The University of Wisconsin swimming and diving team is expected to name Yuri Suguiyama as head coach, replacing Whitney Hite, SwimSwam News reported Tuesday. The 34-year-old Suguiyama comes to Wisconsin after six seasons as men’s associate head coach at Cal, helping guide the Bears to one national title in 2014 and five national runner-up finishes.
Swimming And Diving
Swim writer Kelly Ward and 2016 Olympian Matt Hutchins preview this week’s women’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving championships, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio starting Wednesday.
With championship season on the horizon, the unranked (men) /No. 19 (women) Wisconsin swim teams will head to Notre Dame for the two-day Shamrock Invitational. Traditionally, this meet has served as a final tune-up for the Big Ten meet as well as a chance for swimmers to figure out what events they will compete in to finish out the season.
Immediately after a nine-day training trip to Hawaii that was equal parts relaxation and hard work, the unranked Wisconsin swim team is heading to the University of Southern California for a dual meet with the No. 7/No.9 Trojans on Monday to start the second half of their season. Last year, the Trojans threw everything but the kitchen sink at head coach Whitney Hite and his team, and with a reloaded USC squad that includes multiple US National teamers and international Olympians, the Badgers are expecting to have their hands full. USC is a team that’s rife with star power, but Wisconsin sophomore Beata Nelson says going head-to-head with the Trojans’ big names is a challenge the Badgers are up for. “Our expectation is to go out and compete with them,” Nelson said.
When head coach Whitney Hite picked up the number-one recruit in the class of 2016 in current sophomore Beata Nelson, her impact on the team — and on the record book — was not fully felt.
On Oct. 19, an 18-year-old freshman at Wisconsin, who spent the majority of high school training alone, put the entire NCAA swimming and diving community on notice when he beat 2016 Olympian Jay Litherland in the 100-yard backstroke at a dual meet. That swimmer’s name is Matt Novinski, and he’s hoping his performance in the pool won’t let opponents forget it.
After one season, Olympic gold medalist Cierra Runge no longer with Wisconsin swimming and diving programBy Kelly Ward | Nov. 20, 2017
After missing the first half of the 2017-’18 season, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Cierra Runge is no longer on the Wisconsin swim team, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. According to two sources close to the team, Runge left the team on her own volition.
McCarthy, Nelson, Novinski shine in Big Ten Quad Duals In the first in-conference test of the season, the Wisconsin swim and dive team (1-6 men, 1-6 women) came out of the Big Ten Quad Duals in third place out of four, but achieved some crucial wins in the process. With the star of the women’s team, junior Cierra Runge, still nowhere to be found after missing her fourth straight meet, it was up to other Wisconsin swimmers to pick up the pieces.
After two straight losses in its home pool to top-10 teams, the RV/No. 18 Wisconsin swim and dive team (0-4 men, 0-4 women) is headed on the road to Minneapolis to take on three formidable Big Ten opponents during the Big Ten Quad Duals.
Finding a new home: After recent cuts at the University of North Dakota, Campbell and Zelen are making a new mark at UWBy Kelly Ward | Oct. 26, 2017
Looking back on it, junior Tyler Zelen seemed destined to swim at the University of North Dakota.
After missing the first two meets of the season without explanation from the coaching staff, Wisconsin junior and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Cierra Runge is questionable to compete this weekend against North Carolina State, according to various sources close to the program.
After a tri-meet at Auburn that was admittedly challenging, the No. 25 Wisconsin men’s swim and dive team, and the No. 12 Wisconsin women’s swim and dive team (0-1 men, 0-1 women), are ready to begin its two-meet homestand with a dual meet against star-studded No. 8 and No. 4 Georgia (1-0, 1-0) on Thursday.
After graduating one of the largest senior classes in recent memory, the Wisconsin swimming and diving team is back in 2017-’18 with a new, more versatile look. With an incoming class that includes two national champions, an Olympian and three high-profile transfers, head coach Whitney Hite and his team should have little trouble climbing the ranks of the Big Ten.