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Sunday, April 21, 2024

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Wisconsin to name California assistant Yuri Suguiyama as head coach of swimming and diving team

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.


Wisconsin seeks Big Ten title in highly contested meet

After a regular season full of ups and downs including a Big Ten Record for sophomore Beata Nelson and the departure of one of their captains, the No. 21 Wisconsin women’s swim team is ready to put its last four months in the rearview mirror and move to the penultimate point of its season – the Big Ten championships. “It’s always an exciting time of the year because everyone’s always rested and ready to do some special things,” head coach Whitney Hite said.

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Ward to the Wise: Nassar scandal must inspire schools around country to be more proactive

With the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal affecting Michigan State, schools in the Big Ten Conference and NCAA in general, schools all over the country are now being held under increased scrutiny in terms of how they choose to respond to misconduct scandals involving their coaches. Nassar’s conviction resulted in MSU’s president and director of athletics both stepping down amidst pressure from the school community, mainly because they allowed Nassar’s abuse to go on for so long, allowing him to harm many more victims.


Hutchins retires from competitive swimming

Twenty three-year-old Olympian and Wisconsin volunteer assistant coach Matthew Hutchins announced his retirement from competitive swimming on Wednesday through a statement to Swimming New Zealand. Hutchins enjoyed a highly successful college career as a Badger, twice placing in the top five nationally in the mile and owning four school records before exhausting his eligibility in spring 2017.

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Wisconsin heads into difficult battle against Trojans of USC

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.

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The senior men from the Badger swim team. Back row: Ryan Barsanti, Matt Hutchins, Sean Maloney, Harrison Tran. Front row: Brett Pinfold, Cannon Clifton. 


Reggie Thedford discussed the importance of community awareness of prison conditions while fellow panelists Tyriek Mack and Michael Roy look on during a panel on mass incarceration at the Law School.


Colleges Against Cancer members celebrated the beginning of Breast Fest, a week-long series of events that concludes Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and informed people of the upcoming Rally for Life event.

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