Badger Sports Ticker: Fall 2014

  • With an average of 17,104 fans packing the Kohl Center per game, the UW ranked second highest in home attendance among Big Ten men’s basketball teams last season. Indiana University came in first.
  • When the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) is renovated, it will include a new swimming pool for competition. The 50-meter pool — with a diving tower and well, and surrounded by some 1,500 seats for spectators — will open in 2019. The facility will be able to host Badger swimming and diving events, as well as high school meets.
  • Some 107 Badger athletes qualified for Academic All-Big Ten honors during spring term. The women’s track and field team led the way with 32 honorees. Women’s rowing came in second with 17.
  • In June, the UW’s La Bahn Arena hosted the first Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic. Geoffrion is the only Badger ever to win the Hobey Baker Award, collegiate ice hockey’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He helped organize the event — a charity game featuring former Wisconsin players — to raise funds for the university’s Health Burn Center.
  • In May, the UW’s athletic department joined in the nationwide You Can Play project, which is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect, and safety for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. The department produced a video that features several student-athletes and coaches expressing their support for athletes. It can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/WisconsinAthletics.

Published in the Fall 2014 issue

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