February 2014 Archives

Gopher Hockey Press Report: Penn State

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Catch up on all the news around Gopher Hockey before this weekend's series with Penn State gets underway. 

Minnesota Daily: Bromance on ice

Reminder, Friday's series opener is set for 8 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com (Matt Shepard, Ben Clymer, Mark Strobel) while Saturday's finale is slated for 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (Dan Kelly, Ben Clymer). Friday's radio broadcast will be on 1500 ESPN while Saturday is on MyTalk 107.1. Both games will also be on the Gopher Radio Network (Wally Shaver, Frank Mazzocco).

Gophers Hope Experience Leads to B1G Success

By Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant

After finishing seventh at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Gophers are hoping a little bit of experience goes a long way. Over half of the track and field athletes that will compete at the 2014 B1G indoor championship also competed at last year's championships, and many of them are poised to take a big leap this time around.

The Gopher women are seeded high in several of the track events, sometimes with several Gophers near the top of the list. Here are some events loaded with Gophers to keep an eye on as the B1G championship gets underway this Friday and Saturday:

Pentathlon
Four Gopher pentathletes are set to compete, including three seeded in the top 10. The highest seeded Gopher is junior Jess Herauf who ranks third with 4,008 points. Sophomore Alex Beckman is seeded seventh with 3,669 points, and she looks poised to improve upon her 14th place finish from last year.

Rounding out the Gopher contingent for this event is freshmen Audra Winter, seeded eighthth, and sophomore Amanda Beckman, seeded 17th.

1 Mile Run
The mile looks to be a strong event for the Gophers, as they have four runners seeded in the top 12. The Gophers' highest seed belongs to senior Maggie Bollig, listed fifth with a time of 4:46.49. Following Bollig is the only Gopher with Big Ten championship mile experience, sophomore Becca Dyson, who is seeded 10th with a time of 4:50.89.

The other two runners for the Gophers, freshmen Haley Johnson and senior Kaitlin Mincke, are seeded 11th and 12th, respectively.

400-Meter Dash
The 400-meter dash features two Gophers who competed in this event last year, and they both are looking to make big improvements in their finishes this year. Senior Megan Geyen finished 11th at the 2013 Big Ten Championships last year, but she has dropped almost a full second off her time and is currently seeded fifth in the event with a 54.41.

Junior Jessica Waldvogel is seeded 15th in the event after finishing 18th last year with a time of 56.66. Freshmen Titania Markland is the final Gopher competing in the event, seeded 13th with a time of 55.77.

600-Meter Dash
Senior Alena Brooks is the lone Gopher competing in this event, but she is currently the favorite to win the event with a seed time of 1:28.57. Brooks finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships last year, but this year she is looking to be the first one across the finish line.

3,000-Meter Run
The Gophers have four runners seeded in the top 12 in the 3,000-meter run, including three returning competitors from last year. Junior Molly Kayfes and senior Laura Docherty look to repeat top-10 finishes from last year. Kayfes is seeded sixth with a time of 9:31.75 while Docherty is seeded 10th at 9:35.41.

Sophomores Becca Dyson and Kaila Urick round on the Gophers' competitors in the 3,000m. Dyson is seeded ninth with a time of 9:34.69. Meanwhile, Urick returns to the Big Ten championships much improved, as she has dropped over 20 seconds off her time from last year and is seeded 12th after finishing 27th last year.

Distance Medley Relay
Three of the Gophers' four distance medley relay team members competed in the event last year. The team of Katie Hill, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley and Maggie Bollig finished fourth last year in 11:17.94. This year, the team of Hill, junior Jessica Waldvogel, Brooks and Bollig are seeded second heading into the meet with a time of 11:12.85.

5,000-Meter Run
The Gophers will have four competitors in the 5,000-meter run, all seeded within the top 15 in Molly Kayfes (second), Liz Berkholtz (fourth), Laura Docherty (seventh) and Kelli Budd (15th). Docherty and Kayfes led the Gophers in the 5,000m at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, taking second and third, respectively.

Kayfes is the highest seeded Gopher at second (16:19.12), while Berkholtz has shown tremendous improvement in the event in dropping her time by almost 25 seconds to put her as the fourth seed at 16:31.86. Berkholtz finished 19th in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships last year. Docherty is seeded seventh, less than five seconds out of fourth at 16:36.49. Budd also returns to the B1G 5,000m stage after finishing 18th last year.

4x400-Meter Relay
The Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team brings back three of its competitors from last year, with a final runner entering the fold to hopefully improve upon the team's fourth place finish in 2013. The Gophers are seeded third with a time of 3:38.10, with freshmen Titania Markland joining seniors Te'Shon Adderley, Alena Brooks and Megan Geyen to complete the team.

Pole Vaut
Junior Katie Murgic and sophomore Cami Gilson are both ranked in the top 10 in the pole vault. Murgic is seeded sixth at 13-02.25 (4.02m), and Gilson is ninth at 13-01.50 (4.00m). The duo has consistently cleared the 13-foot mark this indoor season.

Shot Put
Three Gophers are seeded in the top 12 in the shot put, led by redshirt freshman Kailee Kamps in eighth at 48-10.75 (14.90m) and sophomore Becci Osterdyk in ninth at 48-07.50 (14.82m). Sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe comes in 12th at 47-01.75 (14.37m).

Weight Throw
Junior Devin Stanford returns for the Gophers in the weight throw after finishing 12th at the 2013 B1G championships. Stanford's 2014 season-best throw of 62-01.00 (18.92m) positions her as the seventh seed in this year's championship. Fellow Gophers Lyndsey Thorpe (15th), Angie Guenther (19th) and Kailee Kamps (23rd) are also set to compete.

The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships get underway at 9 a.m. CT Friday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Action continues at 9 a.m. CT Saturday.

Gophers in the News: UMD Recap, WCHA Preview

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news following Minnesota's back-to-back 6-0 wins over Minnesota Duluth to close out the regular season. The Gophers host St. Cloud State in a best-of-three series for the WCHA first round this weekend.

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota finds answers during season
Feb. 27, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Brandt, Bona among top-10 finalists for Patty Kazmaier; Leveille given weekly honor
Feb. 27, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Women's hockey attendance up
Feb. 26, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers end regular season with sweep
Feb. 24, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers recruit wins Ms. Hockey
Feb. 23, 2014

Let's Play Hockey: Sydney Baldwin of Minnetonka named Ms. Hockey
Feb. 23, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gopher women's hockey: U ends WCHA regular season with sweep
Feb. 22, 2014

Star Tribune: Gopher women overpower UMD in regular-season finale
Feb. 22, 2014

CBS Minnesota: Gopher Women's Hockey Wins WCHA Title
Feb. 22, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers seniors reflect in final season
Feb. 20, 2014

Gopher Meet the Media: Penn State

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MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) -- The No. 2 Minnesota men's hockey program met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview this weekend's Big Ten series with Penn State. 

For Minnesota seniors Nate Condon, Justin Holl, Jake Parenteau, Tom Serratore and Michael Shibrowski, this weekend's series  will be their final games at Mariucci Arena. Hear what they had to say about the upcoming games. 

Reminder, Friday's series opener is set for 8 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com (Matt Shepard, Ben Clymer, Mark Strobel) while Saturday's finale is slated for 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (Dan Kelly, Ben Clymer). Friday's radio broadcast will be on 1500 ESPN while Saturday is on MyTalk 107.1. Both games will also be on the Gopher Radio Network (Wally Shaver, Frank Mazzocco). 

Big Ten Totals 20 Medals at 2014 Olympics

The Big Ten Conference was well-represented at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as 18 current and former Big Ten student-athletes, coaches and university students earned 20 Olympic medals in Sochi, Russia. The conference brought home medals in both men's and women's ice hockey, bobsled and ice dancing, including five gold, 11 silver and four bronze.

The Big Ten broke down how the 20 medals were awarded, including seven current and former Golden Gopher women's hockey players accounting for five silver medals:

Minnesota led all schools with five participants and one coach medaling, while participants from Michigan and Wisconsin took home five medals each. In addition, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State saw their Olympic competitors bring home medals.

The Big Ten was well represented in the women's ice hockey final, as the United States challenged Canada in the gold-medal game. The Canadians came out on top, 3-2, in an overtime contest for the gold behind the play of former Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner and former Wisconsin defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson. Fellow Badgers Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Jessie Vetter and former Gophers Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin and Anne Schleper took home the silver skating for the United States. Current student-athletes Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein and assistant coach Robb Stauber, all from Minnesota, also earned silver as members of Team USA.

On the men's side, two Big Ten representatives took part in the final, with Canada defeating Sweden, 3-0. Former Michigan State student-athlete Duncan Keith helped Team Canada to the gold medal, while former Michigan standout Carl Hagelin took home the silver skating for Sweden.

In ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White added four medals to the Wolverines' lot. The pair became the first American ice dancing duo to capture Olympic gold. They also helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the inaugural team figure skating competition.

Former Illinois track and field athlete Aja Evans and Nebraska football player Curtis Tomasevicz each earned bronze medals in bobsled. Evans placed third in the USA-2 sled, helping Team USA to two medals in women's bobsledding for the first time. Tomasevicz was part of the USA-1 team that snagged the bronze medal in four-man bobsled with a time of 3:40.99, beating Russia-2 by 0.03 seconds.

Big Ten student-athletes and coaches have been a part of the Olympic experience on more than 1,370 occasions, including many taking multiple trips to the international event. That list of conference standouts has accumulated at least 480 medals, including 248 gold.

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Big Ten Conference: Big Ten Totals 20 Medals at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

2014 McCutcheon Camp Registration Open

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McCutcheon Camp and Registration Information

Hugh McCutcheon is holding his annual volleyball camps, July 7-19, held at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Both overnight and day camps are available throughout the camp sessions.

A variety of eight camps will be held, starting with the All Positions College Prep Camp, July 7-10. New to this year is the Boys All Skills Camp, also July 7-10. Events continue the next week with setting, attack and libero camps (July 11-13), followed by two all skills camps (July 13-15 and 15-17). Also new to this year's McCutcheon Volleyball Camps is a kindergarten through eighth grade Volley School (July 14-15 and July 16-17). The last camp scheduled July 18 and July 19, is geared towards Varsity and Junior Varsity athletes as they prepare for their high school training competition season.

Last year, a total of 350 campers visited campus and were split up into different locations. The University of Minnesota Field House will be this year's sole site for McCutcheon Volleyball Camps. With up to 14 sport courts and net systems, the Field House will accommodate all campers in one location. Overnight campers in our College Prep Camp and our Team Camps will stay in Territorial Residence Hall on the Super Block in the hear t of the U of M campus.

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Unlimited Through Social Media

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Gopher Athletics assisted the Unlimited Dance Marathon to raise $83,746.59 in monetary and gift in kind donations, all of which goes towards Amplatz Children's Hospital. The University of Minnesota went from raising $13,800 in 2012 and 2013 combined to raising $83,746.59 this year. Gopher student-athletes, the Greek community and the general student body came out to support Amplatz and Unlimited, Feb. 22-23 at Mariucci Arena. Here's a look at what was being said on social media.

Practice in Arizona

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Minnesota Golf Fans!

Offering a slight break from the unseasonable winter Minnesotans have been experiencing this year, we took full advantage of a new rule instituted by the NCAA Division I Golf Committee this past year.  All college golf teams are able to practice out of state as long as no class days are missed.  This meant a late February trip to Desert Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., for our team.  I constantly joke with a close friend of mine, Brad Frost, who is the head coach of the women's hockey program at the University of Minnesota, that we should compare pictures of both of our teams' trips this time of the year.  So he sends pictures of an ice rink in Duluth, Minn., while I reciprocate with a team photo standing on the 18th green of the Cochise Course, home of the 2014 Charles Schwab Championship on the Champions Tour.  I know I will repeat this many times in my blogs BUT it is a great time to be a college golfer!

Go Gophers! Alex Gaugert
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Gaugert led the way at the team qualifier.
Go Gophers!

Our qualifying tournament started out with a bang!  Alex Gaugert, a senior and two-year letter winner, shot 64(-8) from 7,100 yards at the Cochise Course while playing in the same threesome as Jon DuToit and Jon Trasamar.  Their 72s were solid but overshadowed by his two eagles and a lion's share of birdies en route to the lowest tournament or qualifying round registered since my arrival as coach on campus.  All other scores for Day 1 of the Del Walker Classic qualifying can be found here on our GopherSports.com page.  The guys practiced at the back range and short game facility the entire rest of Day 1 at the Outlaw Course at Desert Mountain. 

The final round of every qualifier gives our coaching staff a glimpse into the mindset of certain players and provides equivalence to a pressure-packed tournament round.  The Outlaw Course is a links golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus that sits off property from the other five Desert Mountain golf courses.  The challenge of tight fairways, deep greenside bunkering, firm putting surfaces and windy conditions remain trademarks of this golf course.  We did not find the golf course to be as easy as PGA Tour member Steve Marino found it on his way to a course record 12-under-par 59 back in 2011.  Leading the way was senior captain Jon Trasamar with an even-par round of 72.  Other final round scores were as follows:  Rachey (74), Mendez (75), Gaugert (75), DuToit (77), Lowenstein (79) and Meyer (84).  I want to personally thank two tremendous supporters of our program for making this experience possible.  Fritz Corrigan of Minikahda Club and Cal Simmons of Interlachen Country Club are also both members at Desert Mountain, where they showed us an unbelievable time on the golf course and at the practice facilities.  Without generous donors and friends of Gopher Golf, our program would not be able to continue to make strides back to the elite in the Big Ten and nationally.

It was a pleasure to have Grady Meyer, a freshman from Fargo Shanley High School, compete on his second trip since joining the team for the 2013-14 season.  He exemplifies sportsmanship and outstanding character, which will help him have a big impact on our team in his final 3 1/2 years of college golf.  Coming off a career low round of 66 (-6) at Lakewood Ranch GC in Bradenton, Fla., while practicing with Daniel Luftspring, our freshman from Toronto, Canada, Grady continued his hard work in Arizona.  Striving for a more neutral grip, balanced setup and square club face that allow him to control the head in his golf swing, Grady has made as big of strides on the golf course as any player this year.  Look for Grady to push his teammates with the endless amount of talent he has in the game of golf.

Back to four days of practice in Minnesota using our TrackMan launch monitor and loft/lie adjustments at 2nd Swing Minneapolis before heading to Long Beach, Calif., for the Del Walker Collegiate. The Del Walker is one of the longest running college golf tournaments in the country, contested at Virginia Country Club.  In an attempt to always show my players a truly unique experience, we will be spending the day prior to the practice round playing at the Los Angeles Country Club, with the longtime director of golf, Kurt Schuette, at USC.  Kurt has played a huge role in mentoring me with my first collegiate coaching job and all seven travelers are looking forward to the opportunity to play one of the top 10 golf courses in the United States!  Keep your computers logged on to Golfstat.com on Monday and Tuesday, March 3-4, for tee times and complete live scoring of the 12-team Del Walker Classic.

Fairways, Fairways, Fairways!

John Carlson

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What's In the Bag---Tyler Lowenstein (Jr./ Wayzata, Minn.)

Driver: Taylor Made RBZ Stage 2 10.5 degree
3-wood: Taylor Made Rocket Ballz 14.5 degrees bent to 15.5 degrees
Hybrid: Taylor Made Rescue 19 degree
Hybrid: Taylor Made Rescue 24 degree
Irons (4 to pitching wedge): Nike Pro Combo, Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X-100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey 53 and 60
Putter: Bettinardi BB1 35 inches
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoe: Nike TW
Clothing: Nike
Golf Glove: Nike Premium 


Gopher Volleyball Participates in USA Volleyball Tryout

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The University of Minnesota volleyball team was well represented at the 2014 USA Volleyball Tryouts, held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Five of the Gophers flew out of Minneapolis/St. Paul earlier on Friday, while Adrianna Nora flew out later in the day, due to class schedule. Four of the Gophers returned on Sunday night, followed by two on Monday morning, Feb. 24.

The Gophers were six among a record-number 248 athletes that competed at the event. The University of Minnesota was one of 106 schools represented as all were trying to make a spot on the United States National Team. Individuals who do not make the U.S. National Team, have a chance to make the Collegiate National Team, formerly called the Senior A2 Team. Three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Karch Kiraly and the U.S. Women's National Team staff led the tryout process.

"It was amazing to compete at such a high level all weekend with a gym full of talented athletes," Gopher outside hitter Sarah Wilhite said. 

Selected athletes will be notified by early March. USA Volleyball will announce the selections by the end of March once all roster spots are accepted and confirmed. USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to China June 13-27, 2014, for a series of training sessions and matches in conjunction with a separate team representing the PAC 12 Conference.

The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is training and participation at the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in Minneapolis. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 22, 2014, followed by the competition portion June 26-30. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college.

I had a blast at tryouts," Hannah Tapp said. "It was amazing just to be playing around so many great players. One of my favorite parts was getting to play on the same side of the net as the others in the B1G! I got to know some really great girls that I'm excited to face next year in season. Overall I had an incredible time competing at such a high level and will be able to take away many things in just this short weekend in Colorado Springs."

Gophers Claim WCHA Regular-Season Crown

The Gopher women's hockey team secured its eighth WCHA regular-season championship with a 3-2 win at Wisconsin on Feb. 14, 2014. Minnesota received the WCHA trophy before a 6-0 win over UMD on Feb. 21, 2014. Catch up on some of the reactions to the Gophers' championship!

Future Gopher Baldwin Named 2014 Ms. Hockey

Let's Play Hockey newspaper announced that future Golden Gopher Sydney Baldwin, a senior defenseman on the Minnetonka High School girls' hockey team, was named the winner of the 19th annual Ms. Hockey Award today at the annual Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet. The award, presented to the top girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota, is based on the following criteria: academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.

The career leading scorer for defensemen at Minnetonka, Baldwin becomes the first blueliner to be named Ms. Hockey since South St. Paul's Ashley Albrecht in 2002. Averaging over 30 minutes per game this season, Baldwin owned totals of 12-19--31 and helped Minnetonka to an unprecedented three consecutive state championships during her career. She captained the Skippers to the No. 5 ranking in Class AA this season to go along with a 19-6-2 overall record.

Baldwin had points in 19 of her 27 games this season, including nine multi-point contests. She was a three-time all-conference and all-state honoree for the Skippers. Baldwin was also a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship and will represent Team USA again this March.

Baldwin is set to continue her hockey career with the Gophers and will join Minnesota for the 2014-15 season.

"Sydney Baldwin is like Bobby Orr," Minnetonka head coach Eric Johnson said. "She's the best defensive and offensive player on the ice and the most humble, team-first player off the ice. Syd is the best all-around skater we have ever seen at Minnetonka. She's smooth, fast and strong, while making it look effortless as she glides by opponents. Her puck-handling, passing and shot are even more impressive than her skating ability."

Away from hockey, Baldwin owns a 3.45 GPA and volunteers her time with the DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey Program. She has also served as a Big Sister with Minnetonka youth hockey teams. In addition to hockey, Baldwin was a two-time member of the Skipper tennis team, captaining the squad to a second-place finish in the 2012 state tournament.

"Sydney is a giver," Johnson said. "She has volunteered over 100 hours in the Minnetonka Youth Hockey Association, attending youth girls' practices, games, study halls and pizza parties. She cares about the kids and about being a good role model. In addition to her academic and athletic commitments, she works four part-time jobs throughout the year. She understands that success is earned through hard work and expects nothing to be given to her."

Two other future Gophers were among the finalists for Ms. Hockey in Kelly Pannek of Benilde-St. Margaret's and Nina Rodgers of Hopkins. Sam Donovan of Irondale and Nicole Schammel of Red Wing rounded out the top five finalists.

Past winners include Dani Cameranesi of Blake (2013), Hannah Brandt of Hill-Murray (2012), Karley Sylvester of Warroad (2011), Bethany Brausen of Roseville (2010) Becky Kortum of Hopkins (2009), Sarah Erickson of Bemidji (2008), Katharine Chute of Blake (2007), Allie Thunstrom of North St. Paul (2006), Gigi Marvin of Warroad (2005), Erica McKenzie of Hastings (2004), Andrea Nichols of Hibbing/Chisholm (2003), Ashley Albrecht of South St. Paul (2002), Renee Curtin of Roseville (2001), Krissy Wendell of Park Center (2000), Ronda Curtin of Roseville (1999), Laura Slominski of Burnsville (1998), Annamarie Holmes of Apple Valley (1997) and Winny Brodt of Roseville (1996).

The 19th annual award, selected based on votes from a panel of high school coaches and Division I and III college coaches from Minnesota and Wisconsin, is sponsored by Let's Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Shakopee Chevrolet.

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Let's Play Hockey: Sydney Baldwin of Minnetonka named Ms. Hockey

Del Walker Qualifying

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The Minnesota men's golf team will play in the Del Walker Classic in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4. The Gophers held a qualifying tournament at Desert Mountain's Cochise Course and Outlaw Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. Both courses have a par of 72.

Jose Mendez was exempt from qualifying. There will be three automatic qualifiers and one coaches' pick. Alex Gaugert led the way at the Cochise Course with a scorching 8-under 64, while Jon Trasamar's even-par 72 was the team's best score at the Outlaw Course.

Below are the scores from both rounds.

Alex Gaugert 64-75--139 (-5)
Jon Trasamar 72-72--144 (E)
Jose Mendez 71-75--146 (+2)
Matt Rachey 74-74--148 (+4)
Jon DuToit 72-77--149 (+5)
Tyler Lowenstein 78-79--157 (+13)
Grady Meyer 82-84--166 (+22)

The travel team for the Del Walker Classic, announced Wednesday, will be Mendez, DuToit, Gaugert, Trasamar and Rachey.

Gophers in the News: Olympics Recap, UMD Preview

Catch up on the Gophers in the news heading into this weekend's regular-season finale against Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota Daily: Gophers seniors reflect in final season
Feb. 20, 2014

Take one last look at some of the notable Olympic coverage:

Star Tribune: Sudden ending for U.S. stuns Gophers women's hockey team
Feb. 21, 2014

Star Tribune: Day after collapse, US women's hockey team resigned to remember, 'we didn't finish the job'
Feb. 21, 2014

Star Tribune: TFD: A mostly happy day ends on a sad note for Gophers women's hockey team
Feb. 20, 2014

USA Today: Canada women snatch gold from United States with big rally
Feb. 20, 2014

CBS News: U.S., Canadian women facing off for hockey gold
Feb. 20, 2014

St. Cloud Times: Friends, family cheer Schleper in gold medal game
Feb. 20, 2014

ESPN W: 5 Keys to USA-Canada Hockey
Feb. 20, 2014

ESPN W: Women's Hockey Steadily Rises
Feb. 19, 2014

Bleacher Report: US vs. Canada Women's Hockey: A Rivalry the Olympics Needs to Keep
Feb. 19, 2014

KARE 11: U.S. women's hockey advances with Minn. Angle
Feb. 19, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Column: It's time for pro women's hockey, ya feel me?
Feb. 18, 2014

Washington Post: Women's hockey final is the latest chapter in USA-Canada rivalry
Feb. 18, 2014

NESN: Team USA's Phil, Amanda Kessel Dominating Olympic Hockey In Sochi
Feb. 18, 2014

Toronto Star: What's wrong with Olympic women's hockey? Not much: Cox
Feb. 17, 2014

SI: Phil and Amanda Kessel are the new faces of U.S. ice hockey
Feb. 17, 2014

Bleacher Report: Team USA's Amanda Kessel's Quest for Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Feb. 17, 2014

Huffington Post - U.S. Women's Hockey Team Clinches Spot In Gold Medal Game With 6-1 Win Over Sweden
Feb. 17, 2014

Pioneer Press: "So at home": Minnesota Olympian Marvin saw Oshie's Sochi tricks back in Warroad
Feb. 16, 2014

CBS Sports - US dominates Sweden, advances to women's hockey gold-medal game
Feb. 16, 2014

The Gold Standard: Inside Gophers Women's Hockey

Rival Films recently followed the Gopher women's hockey team to learn more about the program's culture and recipe for success. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the program.

From Rival Films: "With back-to-back national titles, a 62-game winning streak that ended just months ago and a strong contingent competing in Sochi, the University of Minnesota has built an impressive women's hockey program. Go inside the team and learn how culture defines who they are."

NHL: Catching Up with Nick Bjugstad

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We caught up with former Gopher All-American Nick Bjugstad last weekend when the current Florida Panthers forward was back in town during the Olympic break. Check out the video below to hear what Bjugstad had to say about his time as a Gopher, his first NHL game and transitioning to the pro game.  


Through 52 games this season with Florida, Bjugstad has 23 points for the Panthers while his 13 goals are tied for second on the team. Bjugstad was selected 19th overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Panthers. 

During his three seasons with the Maroon & Gold, no Gopher scored more goals than Bjugstad with 54 while the forward tallied 98 total points in 109 career games. In Bjugstad's final two seasons with the program, the Gophers earned two-straight MacNaughton cups as Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular-season champions and two NCAA tournament berths including the team's run to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2011-12.

Unlimited Update: Blog from Hawthorne

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Written by Chris Hawthorne, Student Affairs Intern and Unlimited Executive Board Member

If you aren't familiar with the back story of Unlimited, here's an article from the Pioneer Press.

We are putting the finishing touches on what should be an incredible event for all involved. Some of the last minute logistics we are working on are finalizing the schedule, figuring out who is performing and what is happening when, what drawings we will do when, and just putting in a couple things to make this event as special as it should be. I think that the event from start to finish is something that this University can be really proud of and should be something that the students, alumni, families, and children can all really enjoy. We are really encouraging people to get there early and to start getting into position around 5 so when we recognize the families and children that will be there, they can get the reception they truly deserve. 

We will have a fully operational concession stand that will have all the food, drinks, and candy that anyone could want at discounted rates which will be great for all that come to this great event. We also have a bounce house, lots of giveaways and drawings, student-athletes and student group performances, motivational speeches, food, and lots of dancing. All in all, the night should and will be incredible and we hope each and every person that gets to read this can help make history and can come be apart of something that will bring our school, our students, our community together like never before.

Some items we'll be giving away
* Sun Country Round Trip Tickets (continental United States)
* Flexdine Gift Cards
* Minnesota Wild Tickets
* Golden Gopher Autographed Items

Thanks for your support and we'll see you in 3 days.

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Sixteen WCHA Players to Go for Gold

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Feb 8, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA defenseman Megan Bozek (9) carries the puck away from Finland forward Nina Tikkinen (23) during the women's ice hockey preliminary round game in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will be well-represented in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games women's hockey gold-medal game this Thursday when Canada and the U.S. face off in the championship game. The WCHA will have 16 current and former players fighting for the gold medal. The game will be televised live at 11 a.m. CT on NBC.

The WCHA broke down the league's Olympians by country and university:

The roster for the United States team includes 11 current and former players from the WCHA. All 21 members of the squad have college ties and every player has competed in an IIHF Women's World Championship, including 18 who captured a gold medal last April to propel the United States to the No. 1 ranking in the world.

In addition to the five current and former Gophers competing for Team USA - Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein - Wisconsin and North Dakota also have players on the Team USA roster. Marvin is the lone Olympic veteran among the Gopher representatives. Marvin is one of 11 USA athletes with Olympic experience, and Stecklein is the youngest player on the roster. Kessel and Stecklein have college eligibility remaining.

Four former Badgers are on the U.S. Olympic squad. They are forwards Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, who has been named team captain, and Hilary Knight, along with goaltender Jessie Vetter. It marks the second Olympic Games for Duggan, Knight and Vetter as the trio played for UW head coach Mark Johnson in the 2010 Olympics, while Decker is making her Olympic debut. Decker, Duggan and Vetter all took home the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the nation's top player, at some point during their Wisconsin careers, while Knight is the all-time leading scorer in school history. Vetter and Duggan each won three national championships while at Wisconsin, while Knight was a part of two national championship teams and Decker was a member of the 2011 national championship squad.

Former North Dakota players Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux are also on Team USA. It is the second Olympic Winter Games for the Lamoureux twins, who played in their first Olympics winning silver with the U.S. in 2010 in Vancouver.

Along with the Team USA connections, three WCHA teams - Minnesota Duluth, Wisconsin and Ohio State - have former players on Team Canada, the defending Olympic champion. They are forward Natalie Spooner of Ohio State, defenseman Meghan Mikkelson of Wisconsin, Jocelyne Larocque of Minnesota Duluth and former UMD forwards Haley Irwin and Caroline Ouellette, the Canadian captain.

Overall there were 34 current and former WCHA players who competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, including Minnesota Duluth with 11 players, Minnesota with seven, North Dakota with six, Wisconsin with five, Ohio State with three and Minnesota State with two. There are five current and former WCHA players who will compete in the bronze medal game between Sweden and Switzerland Thursday at 6 am CT. That game will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

Along with five Team USA Gophers, Minnesota had Finnish teammates goalie Noora Räty, an all-American collegian last season, and defenseman Mira Jalouso in competition for their native countries. Wisconsin has five players - the USA quartet will be playing against Mikkelson, who won two national titles while at Wisconsin and was named the 2007 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.

Along with the Lamoureuxs, UND also had three current players that played in the 2014 Games. Forwards Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani were key members of Team Finland, while defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid played for Germany. Former UND defenseman Susanne Fellner also played for Team Germany.

Minnesota Duluth had 11 current and former players on six teams in Sochi. Irwin, Larocque and Ouellette have been stalwarts for Team Canada, although Irwin missed some games with an injury. Both forwards, Irwin and Ouellette, played on Team Canada's gold medalists in 2010 in Vancouver. Ouellette is a three-time gold medalist for Canada (2010, 2006, 2002), while Larocque, an all-American defenseman, was one of the last players cut from the 2010 Canada Olympic squad after she was centralized for the first part of the 2009-10 NCAA season. After returning to UMD in January, she helped lead the Bulldogs to their fifth NCAA title that March.

Current Bulldog freshman defenseman Lara Stalder will play for a bronze medal with Team Switzerland Thursday against UMD alums defenseman Jenni Asserholt, goaltender Kim Martin Hansson and forward Pernilla Winberg who are all skating with Team Sweden. Ex-Bulldogs Alexandra Vafina and Iya Gavrilova played for the host team Russia, current Minnesota Duluth blueliner Tea Villila skated for Team Finland and former Bulldog goalie Jennifer Harss was on Germany's Olympic squad.

In addition to Spooner, Ohio State had two others alums in Sochi - forwards Minttu Tuominen and Emma Terho (Laaksonen) who played on Team Finland.

Minnesota State has two alums at the Games. Nina Tikkinen played for the Finnish team and fellow alum Emilia Andersson is on the Swedish tea which is still hoping for a bronze medal.

Read more:
WCHA: 16 Current and Former Players to Go for Gold in 2014 Winter Olympics
Gopher Olympian Photo Gallery

Gophers and Beavers Join for Worthy Cause

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The Gopher Athletics department held a special ceremony at the Feb. 8 game at Ridder Arena. The Gophers welcomed back one of their former hockey players Jenelle (Philipczyk) Kelley and her husband, Ben, at the game against Bemidiji State. Jenelle and Ben's daughter, Lilah, who is two years old, is battling a rare form of nervous system cancer (neuroblastoma). Lilah's aunt, Jenessa Philipczyk, is a member of the Beaver hockey team as the two teams combined to raise awareness towards cancer. In a Gold Out celebration, funds were raised for Unlimited and the Amplatz Chilren's Hospital, where Lilah has been a recent patient.

Gophers 3-1 at 2014 Big Ten Match Play

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The Big Ten Match Play..."One of the events I remember from my years in college golf." "Concession Golf Club is the hardest track I have ever played." "Erik van Rooyen beats Luke Guthrie on the final hole to secure the team victory for Minnesota." Those are just some of the quotes and commentary that have come from seeing the Big Ten put together the finest conference match play tournament in college golf.  With the NCAA Championship moving to match play to determine the national champion, our conference has taken the right steps in preparing our players for the biggest stage in college golf.

We arrived at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday.  Being last to arrive at the airport, first to arrive at the course at 6:30 a.m. the following day helped set the stage in the minds of our players that Gopher Golf was here to take the necessary steps to be ready to compete against the best teams in the Big Ten.  Concession Golf Club is known around the country for having one of the highest course ratings (76.2).  It boasts extremely undulated putting surfaces, tight fairways in spots guarded on both sides by well-placed bunkering and water hazards.  Not to mention the visually intimidating tee shots that test a player's ability to pick the correct club from a wide variety of tee boxes.  All of these course attributes make our event special and will draw TV viewers from all over the country on March 15 at 4:30 pm CST to watch the debut of the 2014 Big Ten Match Play on the Big Ten Network.

Day 1 kicked off with our first round matchup against the 10th-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions. Senior  Jon Trasamar (Blue Earth, Minn.) got the action started in a big way with his convincing 7&5 victory that included a bogey-free round!  Not to be outdone, the No. 1 freshman in the Big Ten, Jose Mendez (San Jose, Costa Rica), finished JD Dornes off with a 30-foot uphill putt from the fringe on his 13th hole of the day to notch a 6&5 win for our team.  With five players competing for each team, the goal is to win at least three points to move on to the next round.  

Go Gophers! Jon DuToit
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Jon DuToit
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2013 Minnesota State Open champion and sophomore Jon DuToit (Chaska, Minn.) was able to win a hard-fought match, 3&1, only six days after coming back from an illness.  His stamina was tested but he withstood that test with his patented straight driving of the golf ball and accurate iron shots.  Our other victor from the morning match was our longest player on the team, senior Alex Gaugert (Lake Geneva, Wis.).  The lone defeat came from junior Tyler Lowenstein (Plymouth, Minn.), who was beaten by a hot putter in Xander MacDonald-Smith.  The first round victory set up a rematch from the 2012 Big Ten Match Play against Purdue University, when we were able to win the tiebreak to gain an entry in the championship match.

Purdue is a very different team this year with a new coach, Rob Bradley, and multiple new additions to their team.  The Boilermakers drive it very long and straight, which proved to be too much for our team as they wore us down for a 4.5-0.5 match total.  The difference on paper was big but those in attendance saw a determined Minnesota team battle back from a large front nine deficit to square up the match with four holes to play.  With four matches hanging in the balance at 1 up, 1 down and two tied, it was anyone's game.  Jose was beaten on the final hole by three-time All-Big Ten and two-time All-American Adam Schenk with a 9-foot putt.  Jon DuToit would lose two of his final four holes, and Jon Trasamar was unable to find a hot putter in the last four holes.  

The one bright spot at the end of the round was Matt Rachey (Waconia, Minn.).  One of our four current freshmen, Matt battled hard all day in the fifth spot to secure a half point.  Although the drama of this match and the 36 holes of walking wore our team down after Day 1, I was thrilled knowing that we will never quit.  The will and determination instilled in our players matches any other team and this attitude proved vital heading into another long day on Saturday, Feb. 15.

You can cut the tension on Day 2 of the Big Ten Match Play.  Teams filled with veterans and underclassmen all got a taste of the competition on Day 1, which always leads to spirited matches.  Day 2 certainly did not disappoint for Gopher Golf.  We found ourselves matched up against Illinois.  The No. 6 team in the nation was upset in the afternoon quarterfinal match by an upstart Michigan Wolverines squad.  I can't tell you how many times I heard, "Sorry you have to play Illinois after their first loss in the Big Ten Match Play in two years."  Unfazed as we walked the final nine holes with them tied at the 2013 Big Ten Championship at French Lick Resort in Indiana, our team was ready for the challenge.   

The match of the day was certainly Jon DuToit vs. Thomas Detry, the No. 17-ranked amateur in the world from Belgium.  The first 17 holes couldn't decide the match so the next 10 minutes was epic.  DuToit, with 7-iron in hand from 172 yards, would hit the shot of the tournament.  The high fade to a back right pin landed 3 feet short, lipped out and rolled 4 feet beyond the pin.  He would make the putt sending the crowd into a frenzy that the upset had happened.  We beat Illinois, who had beaten us by 50 shots in the fall season at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate.  The resiliency, work ethic and maturity had shown through in our latest battle, which will certainly set the stage for a rematch in the 2014 Big Ten Championship.

The match versus Illinois certainly will lift our national ranking but business was still not completed for the day.  The Indiana Hoosiers, fresh off a big win against The Ohio StateJ, were ready for us on the 10th tee at 1:45 pm.  The wind had subsided and Matt Rachey led us off.  Tyler Lowenstein, Jon Trasamar, Jose Mendez and Alex Gaugert would round out the lineup, with DuToit finished for the weekend.  Whether four rounds of golf under our belt was the key or not, the start in our final match proved to be key in winning the fifth-place match for our squad.  Gaugert played tough to secure his second win in his three-year career at the Big Ten Match Play.  Trasamar ended his career at the Big Ten Match Play with a stellar 9-5 record helping on Day 2 with a convincing 3&2 win that found him under par the entire round.  

I would like to say this match had no drama, but it wouldn't be the Big Ten Match Play if it didn't.  Rachey unfortunately lost four of his final five holes to lose 1 up to a freshman standout, Will Seger.  Lowenstein was in cruise control but lost his final four holes to lose 1 up.  Our golf team exemplifies pride though.  Mendez couldn't get much going through eight holes in his match against two- time All-American David Mills.  Over the final 11 holes, Jose would play the inspired golf that has helped him earn the "Athlete of the Year" award in 2013 for the entire country of Costa Rica.  He squared the match up with a birdie on the 17th hole, followed by a halve on the 18th to propel our Gophers into a tiebreak win to finish the competition.

The fifth-place finish, going 3-1 in our matches, certainly doesn't tell the entire story of where we have come from in the last three years.  I strongly feel like we have one of the top three teams in the league and will now contend against any field we face at any tournament the remainder of the year.  With another strong freshman class arriving on campus in September of 2014, you should all look to get more involved in our program in the future.  If you would like to see all individual match scores from the 2014 Big Ten Match play, read the gophersports.com recaps from Friday and Saturday.

Follow us on golfstat.com March 3-4 at the Del Walker Classic played at Virginia CC, close to the campus of Long Beach State University.  Qualifying will be held this weekend at Desert Mountain Golf Club to determine the five players who will represent the Maroon and Gold against the majority of the PAC-12 Conference in early March.  I will be updating the blog after the Del Walker so stay on the inside of Gopher Golf by checking our web page each time you have a free minute.  Until then, safe travels to golf destinations!

Fairways, Fairways, Fairways!

John Carlson

Gopher Connections Set to Compete in USA Open Tryouts

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The University of Minnesota will be well represented as six student-athletes head to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete at the USA Women's National Team Open Tryout, Feb. 21-23. Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC), the Gopher contingent consists of Erica Handley, Adrianna Nora, Katie Schau, Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp and Sarah Wilhite.

The tryouts begin on Friday, Feb. 21 until 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23. The process will be used primarily to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Athletes not invited to participate with the National Team may be invited to attend a second tryout as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams).

USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to China June 13-27, 2014, for a series of training sessions and matches in conjunction with a separate team representing the PAC 12 Conference.

The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is training and participation at the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in Minneapolis. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 22, 2014, followed by the competition portion June 26-30. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college.

Good luck to all Gopher participants!

 

Gopher Hockey Press Report: Michigan

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Catch up on all the news around around Gopher Hockey as No. 2 Minnesota prepares for a Big Ten Conference series against No. 10/11 Michigan this weekend at Mariucci Arena. 

College Hockey News: Hudson Crossing

Alums:

Reminder, Friday's series opener with the Wolverines is set for 8:04 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly, Ben Clymer, Fred Pletsch) while Saturday's finale is slated for a 7:10 p.m. puck drop on FOX Sports North (Doug McLeod, Ben Clymer, Kevin Gorg). Both games will also be streamed on BTN2Go.com. Radio broadcasts for both games will be on the Gopher Radio Network and flagship station 1500 ESPN (Wally Shaver, Frank Mazzocco). 

Future Gophers Named Ms. Hockey Finalists

Let's Play Hockey newspaper has announced the five finalists for the 19th annual Ms. Hockey Award, presented to the top senior girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota. Three future Gophers are among the top five candidates for the 2014 award: Minnetonka defenseman Sydney Baldwin, Benilde-St. Margaret's forward Kelly Pannek and Hopkins forward Nina Rodgers.

Each of the finalists has committed to a Division I women's hockey program as the top five also includes Irondale forward Sam Donovan (Brown) and Red Wing forward Nicole Schammel (Minnesota State). The five honorees have scored an average of 34 goals and 36 assists this season and have helped their respective teams to top 10 rankings.

In addition to their on-ice performance, all five finalists are standouts in the classroom as they check in with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.66.

The 2014 Ms. Hockey Award winner will be named at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m., at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The award is sponsored by Let's Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Shakopee Chevrolet. Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell will serve as the banquet emcee, while Fox Sports North's Jamie Hersch will be the keynote speaker. To order tickets to the Ms. Hockey Banquet, call Let's Play Hockey at 612-729-0023.

In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Let's Play Hockey Ms. Hockey Award include academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.

Season Preview Clips

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The Gophers open their season at 2 p.m. CT today in Glendale, Ariz., against Northern Illinois. Get ready for the season by catching up on media coverage from the week.

Gophers baseball team will have to hit the road - hard: Star Tribune

Gophers prepared for a baseball season played entirely outdoors: Pioneer Press

Minnesota opens season on the road: Minnesota Daily

VIDEO: Gophers baseball season preview: KSTP

Series preview and links to live scoring/blogs: GopherSports.com

Gophers Meet the Media: Michigan

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The Gophers will be back inside the friendly confines of Mariucci Arena this weekend when they host No. 10/11 Michigan. Coach Don Lucia and members of the team met with the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the clash with another one of college hockey's iconic programs.

Both teams will be hungry to reverse poor results from the past weekend. The Gophers were swept at Wisconsin for the first time since 1999 and Wolverines suffered a surprising 4-0 loss at Penn State. Minnesota knows their biggest problem is a lack of goal scoring. 

"It is not easy to score goals and it gets harder as the second half wears on," Lucia said. "We did a lot of things well over the course of the (Wisconsin) series. Hopefully, we will continue to do those."

The low goal totals have become a worrying trend for Minnesota. The Gophers have scored just one goal in four of their last eight games. "We have had plenty of opportunities. We just have to bear down and score," defenseman Brady Skjei said.

Defenseman Justin Holl is excited to put last weekend's disappointment in the rear-view mirror and face the challenge a program like Michigan presents. "I think we would rather have it this way instead of playing a softer team. I think is good that we play a tough team and test ourselves right away."

Minnesota has squared off with Michigan 259 times over the years, but not since 2010 when the Gophers captured a 3-1 victory. Fans can expect up-tempo games and lots of transition opportunities. "Michigan is like us. They might not have a dominate offensive player, but they have three lines that can score, a mobile defense, and a goaltender that is playing very well," Lucia said.

As we witness the beginning Big Ten hockey conference, there is a desire to see old rivalries get reinvigorated. The Minnesota-Michigan rivalry is one of those. "I think it will become a really good rivalry," Lucia said. "We had some big games with them and they have had great teams year in and year out. I think this is next rivalry to really ramp up in the Big Ten for us." With four of the Gophers' last eight regular season games against the Maize and Blue there is an expectation to see the rivalry flourish in the near future.

Minnesota goes back to a traditional Friday-Saturday series against the Wolverines. Friday's contest begins at 8 p.m. CT and air live on the Big Ten Network. Saturday's game starts at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on Fox Sports North. Both games can be heard on 1500 ESPN with Wally Shaver and Frank Mazzocco.

Story by University of Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock

 

Gearing up for Big Ten Match Play

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It certainly doesn't feel like the start of our season with the temperatures hovering below normal each day but we head to Bradenton, Fla., for the first start of our spring, the Big Ten Match Play, today.  Practice has gone well for the last three weeks of the spring semester, with our team working hard at Braemar Golf Dome, Golden Valley Chip and Putt, U of M Recreational dome and inside our Bierman Building offices at the indoor putting room.  School is also in full swing with the first round of exams coming up for our team here in the next few weeks.  

Our practices have become more intense over my four years coaching at the U.  Competition is closer in the wedge games, putting drills and full swing testing.  As I told 200-plus parents and junior golfers this Saturday at Bunker Hills during the Minnesota Junior PGA recruiting seminar, if you don't enjoy competing with yourself in the same putting drill for 2-3 hours, college golf at Minnesota is not for you.  I truly feel like we are ahead of last year at this same time with tighter dispersion in wedge shots and more holed putts each day in practice.

Concession Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin seven years ago.  The name was derived from their epic Ryder Cup match, in which Jack conceded the final five foot putt for the match halve in front of Tony's home country.  They designed a beast close to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  It will play host to the 2015 NCAA Championship at 7,400-plus yards from the tips with a course slope of 155.  We will play the golf course from 7100 yards this Friday and Saturday, February 14-15.  

Go Gophers! Jose Mendez
Go Gophers!
Freshman Jose Mendez was the fall stroke average leader (73.35).
Go Gophers!
Driving is the key element that will be tested on every hole this week.  An errant tee shot will assuredly lead to a hole concession for all players.  The green complexes are undulated and stimp at 13 for the championship.  Needless to say, all facets of each player's game will be tested and the best team has always been victorious in the three years in play at Concession.  Don't forget to watch the tape-delayed coverage of the event in March on the Big Ten Network, with Big Ten studio analyst Rick Pizzo and former Northwestern Wildcats golfer Erik Ciotti adding the color commentary each day.

Selection of the traveling team is tricky this time of the year.  We haven't qualified outdoors in over three months and not every player on the roster competed over the winter break.  I employ a team depth chart that has nine weighted categories to provide the fairest evaluation system possible.  Evaluation of our spring semester drills and results from the fall play the two biggest roles in determining the six-player roster that will compete in the event.  

Each match will pit five players from two universities against each other with the team that wins the most matches advancing on to the next round.  If a tie occurs, the team having won the most holes in the match will advance.  We arrive at the tournament as the No. 7 seed and will play 10th-seeded Penn State in Round 1.  In the winners bracket awaits Purdue.  This would be the second time we have faced Purdue in the quarterfinals in the last three years, with the Gophers winning the first matchup.  Additional evaluation will be done at Concession during the practice round day to finalize our tournament team.  Jose Mendez (freshman), Tyler Lowenstein (junior), Jon DuToit (sophomore), Alex Gaugert (senior), Jon Trasamar (senior), Matt Rachey (freshman) and Grady Meyer (freshman) will be vying for those six team spots.

The Big Ten Match Play is one of the most exciting events of our year and will give us the competition we need heading into the Del Walker Intercollegiate at Long Beach State, the first week of March.  Follow the live scoring on the ajga.org and golfstat.com during those events.  Keep your eye out for the ALL NEW men's golf donor program, which will be unveiled to your emails on March 1, 2014.

Fairways, Fairways, Fairways!

John Carlson

Gophers in the News: Olympics Update

Women's hockey competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics is underway! Check out some of the media coverage, including mentions of the seven Golden Gopher Olympians competing for Team USA and Finland.

Yahoo Sports: Goalie Noora Raty, a 2-time NCAA champion, gives Finland a chance to reach women's hockey podium
Feb. 7, 2014

Pioneer Press: Noora Raty: Ex-Gophers goalie key to Finland's Olympic Hockey Hopes
Feb. 7, 2014

USA Hockey: U.S. Women Beat Finland, 3-1, to Open Olympic Play
Feb. 8, 2014

Star Tribune: U.S. Women overpower Finland, ex-Gopher goalie Raty
Feb. 8, 2014

Pioneer Press: Raty beaten early but not often
Feb. 8, 2014

SB Nation: Winter Olympics 2014 hockey schedule: USA, Canada women kick things off
Feb. 8, 2014

Indianapolis Star: Olympics a Blessing for US Women's hockey player
Feb. 9, 2014

The Hockey News: Finnish goalie Noora Raty justifies spot among THN People of Power
Feb. 10, 2014

ESPN Olympics: 2014 Winter Olympics: Megan Bozek
Feb. 10, 2014

KARE11: Results in: USA Women's Hockey takes on Switzerland
Feb. 10, 2014

Bleacher Report: Hockey's Power Siblings: Phil and Amanda Kessel Look to Cement Legacies in Sochi
Feb. 10, 2014

USA Hockey: U.S. Women Skate Past Switzerland 9-0
Feb. 10, 2014

Sporting News: 2014 Sochi Olympics: Amanda Kessel scores twice, U.S. women rout Swiss
Feb. 10, 2014

Washington Post: After injury, Amanda Kessel back for USA Hockey
Feb. 10, 2014

NCAA: Golden Gopher Amanda Kessel helps U.S. team make history in win vs. Swiss
Feb. 10, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Eye on Sochi: US defeats Finland 3-1
Feb. 10, 2014 

USA Hockey: Record-Setting Day for U.S. Women
Feb. 10, 2014

NBC Olympics: Amanda Kessel leads U.S. hockey
Feb. 10, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Eye on Sochi: USA Wins, Finland Loses
Feb. 11, 2014

USA Hockey: Kessel Hitting Her Stride Just in Time
Feb. 11, 2014

KARE 11: Waconia cheers for local Olympian
Feb. 12, 2014

Countdown to Gopher Baseball

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Gopher Baseball Schedule | 2014 Quick Facts | 2013 Stats

It's only February, but we with the Gopher baseball team have spring on our minds. We are in the final stretch of the pre-season, ready to get on the diamond. This blog will count down the last week before the Gophers' first game on Feb. 14. Each day we'll post something about Gopher baseball that has to do with the number of days left. Play ball!

Go Gophers! #7 Kyle Crocker
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#7 Kyle Crocker
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7) There are seven true freshmen on the roster this year. Toby Anderson, Austin Athmann, Cody Campbell, Matt Fiedler, Brian Glowicki, Tyler Hanson and Joe Martinson all joined the Gophers in the fall. Anderson, Campbell, Glowicki and Martinson are all pitchers. Fiedler and Hanson can pitch or play in the field. Athmann is a catcher.

The following two releases were on gophersports.com when the seven signed with Minnesota: Nov. 29, 2012 | Jan. 28, 2013

Minnesota also has one other newcomer, pitcher Neal Kunik, and four redshirt freshmen in Joey Brettingen, Jordan Smith, Matt Stemper and Troy Traxler.

Who wears the number this year? Junior infielder Kyle Crocker.


Go Gophers! #6 Matt Halloran
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#6 Matt Halloran
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6) The Gophers will play games in six different states before their home opener: Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, California and Illinois. The trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be for Coastal Carolina's Chanticleer Classic, while the other trips will be for regular series. We will keep you updated with a running travel blog throughout the first six weeks of the season!

The longest road trip of the regular season will happen over spring break. The Gophers have a three-game series at Sacramento State starting March 14, an off day, two games at St. Mary's, a travel day and a three game series at Northwestern ending March 23.

This is Minnesota's first season without the Metrodome since the roof collapse forced the team to relocate nonconference games in 2011. That season, the Gophers visited four states before opening their home season at Target Field. They spent most of March in California.

Who wears the number this year? Senior catcher Matt Halloran. He started 36 of the 47 games he played in 2013.

Go Gophers! #5 Herb Isakson
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#5 Herb Isakson
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5) Ben Meyer won five games on the mound last season, making him the returning wins leader on the Gopher pitching staff. He had a 5-4 record and 2.80 ERA in 15 appearances, including eight starts. Meyer's five wins tied him with DJ Snelten for second on the team after Tom Windle (6). He was also second on the team with 49 strikeouts and 64 1/3 innings pitched.

The Gophers bring back five total pitchers who started at least one game last year: Alec Crawford (9), Meyer (8), Ty McDevitt (5), Jordan Jess (4) and Dalton Sawyer (1). Crawford's 10 appearances last season are the most for any returner. He went 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA, third on the team behind Windle and Snelten.

Who wears the number this year? No one on the current team. Long-time volunteer assistant Herb Isakson's No. 5 jersey is retired on the outfield wall at Siebert Field.



Go Gophers! #4 Connor Schaefbauer
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#4 Connor Schaefbauer
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4) Minnesota will host four Big Ten home series at Siebert Field in 2014. Come out for series against Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue.  Minnesota hosted Nebraska last season, but the other three will be playing their first series in new Siebert.

Four of these conference games are scheduled for night starts. The first two games of both the Penn State and Purdue series will be played under the lights. Check the schedule for times.

Another note for No. 4: Head coach John Anderson was inducted into his fourth hall of fame this past fall. His most recent induction was into the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. The others that have recognized him during his career: American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame, Hibbing Community College Hall of Fame.

Who wears the number this year? Sophomore second baseman Connor Schaefbauer, who was selected to the All-Big Ten Third Team as a freshman.


Go Gophers! #3 Matt Fiedler
Go Gophers!
#3 Matt Fiedler
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3) The Gophers have three College World Series titles. They took home the championship in 1956, 1960 and 1964. Since this season is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 championship team, we'll focus on that one for this countdown.

Three was a big number in the Gophers' third CWS. Pitcher Joe Pollack earned three victories on the mound for Minnesota during the Series. All three were complete games. Pollack was a clear choice for the All-Tournament Team.

Ron Wojciak, Bill Davis, Dewey Markus and Dan Hoffman were also selected to the All-Tournament Team. At the time, Dick Siebert was just one of two coaches to ever win three championships.

We will have more on the 1964 team as the 2014 season goes on.

Who wears the number this year? Freshman infielder/pitcher Matt Fiedler. Fiedler joins the Gophers from St. Paul Academy.


Go Gophers! #2 David Bettenburg
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#2 David Bettenburg
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2) Two National Baseball Hall of Famers played their college ball at Minnesota. Dave Winfield was the first Gopher inducted in Cooperstown in 2001. Paul Molitor followed in 2004.

Dave Winfield was the 1973 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, and was also a first-team All-American that year, holding a 9-1 record and 2.74 ERA as well as a .385 batting average with 33 RBI. Winfield was drafted fourth overall after that season.

Molitor was drafted third overall in 1977 after an All-American season that ended at the College World Series. He held a career batting average of .350 and set what were then school records in  runs (112), triples (11), hits (159), home runs (18), total bases (254), RBI (99) and stolen bases (52).

In 21 seasons in the Major Leagues, Molitor amassed 3,319 hits, including 605 doubles, and scored 1,782 runs. He was also one of only six players to record 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases in his career joining Lou Brock, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Honus Wagner and Ricky Henderson. Molitor was the 1993 World Series MVP with the Blue Jays.

Winfield batted .283, hit 465 home runs and piled up 3,110 hits during his Major League career. He was a seven-time Gold Glove winner and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win their first World Series in 1992. Winfield never played in the minors.

Who wears the number this year? Senior outfielder David Bettenburg.


Go Gophers! #1 Tony Skjefte
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#1 Tony Skjefte
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1) This year's Big Ten Tournament will be the first held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The ballpark has been home to the College World Series since 2011.

It will also be the first Big Ten Baseball Tournament to include eight teams. The conference announced tournament expansion from six to eight teams last week.

The Gophers have won a conference-best nine Big Ten Tournament titles, the most recent coming in 2010. All nine tournament titles have come during John Anderson's tenure.

Who wears the number this year? Junior infielder Tony Skjefte.

That's it for our countdown! The season starts tomorrow in sunny Arizona. Information for the Gophers' opening series can be found here.

Borton to Participate in Tucker Center Symposium

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University of Minnesota head women's basketball coach Pam Borton, along with several former and current coaches from multiple Golden Gopher women's teams, will participate in The Tucker Center's "We Coach U: A Women Coaches Symposium" Friday afternoon in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium. The day-long symposium will focus on female coaches, as well as student-athletes with an interest in coaching, and will provide professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities.

The event includes a panel discussion featuring current Gopher coaches Borton, Terry Nieszner (women's swimming and diving), Sarah Hopkins (women's cross country) and Stefanie Golan (women's soccer), as well as former Gopher women's hockey head coach Laura Halldorson. For more information on the symposium, including registration to attend, please visit: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/tuckercenter/events/symposium/default.html

To wrap on the on-campus celebrations, female student-athletes from select Gopher teams will participate in a post-game autograph session for youth in attendance at Sunday's women's basketball game against Illinois, which tips off at 2:00 p.m. at Williams Arena. A limited number of pink MGWSD shirts will be distributed to girls in 8th grade and young as part of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gophers in the News: Olympics Preview

Catch up on some of the coverage of the Olympic Gophers leading up to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Minnesota Daily: Gophers ready to watch old teammates
Feb. 6, 2014

NBC Olympics: Finland's Noora Raty sets sights on gold (and possibly Olympic hockey stardom)
Feb. 6, 2014

NBC Olympics: Are U.S. and Canada on golden collision course in hockey?
Feb. 5, 2014

ESPN Olympics Blog: A rare early test for Team USA
Feb. 5, 2014

Bleacher Report: Olympic Women's Hockey 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics
Feb. 5, 2014

New York Times: Minnesota's Olympic Hockey Cradle (Pop. 1,781)
Feb. 4, 2014

Pioneer Press: Minnesota Women Take Blue Line to Sochi Olympics
Feb. 4, 2014

NBC Olympics: U.S.' Amanda Kessel finally ready for Olympic debut
Feb. 4, 2014

Los Angeles Times: Amanda Kessel getting back up to speed for U.S. Women's Hockey Team
Feb. 4, 2014

Bleacher Report: Amanda Kessel: Olympic Profile of U.S. Hockey Standout for Sochi 2014
Feb. 4, 2014

Star Tribune: U.S. women's hockey defense built around Gophers' players
Jan. 30, 2014

ESPN-W: Kessel Ready for Olympic Challenge
Jan. 31, 2014

New York Times: In Rinks Beyond Sochi, a Chance for Players Left Behind
Jan. 31, 2014

UMN News: Carlson School Undergrad to Compete in Sochi Olympics
Jan. 21, 2014

Gopher Hockey Press Report: Wisconsin

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What They're Saying - National Signing Day

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If you missed National Signing Day yesterday (and really, how could you?) then we have you covered. Below is a roundup of clips from Minnesota and from around the country and North America of the newest Gophers.

GopherSports: Signing Day Central

Sid: Kill fought hard to land top recruits

Star Tribune: Gophers get their guy

Star Tribune: Wayzata tight end has size and talent U was looking for

Star Tribune: Gophers recruiting class

Pioneer Press: Jones signs with Gophers

Pioneer Press: Stelter looks forward to signing with "great group"

Pioneer Press: Gophs' class best of Kill's tenure

Jeff Jones, the state's number one recruit, signed an NLI with the Gophers Wednesday.



Minnesota Daily: No. 1 recruit Jones commits to Gophers

ESPN.com: Kill says latest class must help "turn the tide"

Owatonna Peoples Press: Stelter signs with Minnesota

ESPN.com: Recruiting Q&A with Jerry Kill

Montreal Gazette: Kafo gets scholarship at Minnesota

AL.com: Gibson heading to Minnesota

Local15tv.com: Gibson to Minnesota

The Telegraph: James signs with Minnesota

Clayton News Daily: Mundy's Mill has historic signing day and Players willing to travel far to play college football

BTN.com: Kill talks Signing Day

FoxSportsNorth: Jones to follow in Hageman's footsteps






Gophers to Host "Gold Out" on Saturday

The Gopher women's hockey team is pleased to host a "Gold Out" for Saturday's game against Bemidji State at Ridder Arena. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m., and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free gold t-shirt courtesy of the University of Minnesota's Unlimited Dance Marathon to benefit Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Minnesota will also recognize a special Goldy's Hero this Saturday. Prior to the game, the Gophers will hold a ceremonial puck drop in honor of Lilah Kelley. Lilah is the daughter of Gopher women's hockey alum Jenelle (Philipczyk) Kelley and the niece of current Bemidji State player Jenessa Philipczyk. Lilah is a patient at Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Saturday is also Student Day for the Gophers, and all University of Minnesota students will receive free admission with a valid U-Card.

Following Saturday's game, the Gophers will hold a season ticket holder/VIP Pass-holder autograph session on the concourse.

About the Unlimited Dance Marathon
University of Minnesota student-athletes are hosting the first-annual Unlimited Dance Marathon, a 12-hour dance marathon at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 22-23. The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for Amplatz Children's Hospital. In addition to the no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon, the event will feature personal stories from children and families served through the resources that Amplatz provides. The event aims to unite the campus and the entire student-body to truly impact the lives of some incredible kids.

Learn more:
Donate now: Unlimited Dance Marathon

Gophers Meet the Media: Wisconsin

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The Gophers will be in Madison later this week to conclude their regular-season series with the Badgers. Minnesota swept Wisconsin at Mariucci Arena back in November. Coach Don Lucia and members of the team met with the media Tuesday afternoon to preview the Boarder Battle.

Games against Wisconsin are traditionally tight, defensive affairs. 

"We know that we are going to have to win a 2-1 or 3-1 type of game," Lucia said. "For us to be effective this is the type of weekend where Hudson Fasching and Seth Ambroz, guys who are big and strong around the net, need to score some goals."

The Badgers have made good use of home ice this season, compiling a 13-2-1 record. "It is a good environment for our guys to play in. It will be especially good for our young guys to be put in that environment," Lucia said. The Gophers have won at least one game at the Kohl Center every season since 2007-08.

Captain Nate Condon will play collegiate hockey in Madison for the last time this weekend. He will do so in front of an estimated 20 family members. "It is always fun to go back and play because a bunch of my family is there," Condon said. "(Current Badgers) are the guys I played with in youth hockey, so it has always been fun to play against them."

Seth Ambroz scored four goals against the Badgers during the November series, including both game winners. "The biggest thing is that the team comes out with a pair of wins. Hopefully, I can contribute as much as possible and continue being successful against Wisconsin," Ambroz said. "Everything is just a little bit more important when it is a rivalry,"

Goaltender Adam Wilcox posted his sixth career shutout on Saturday against Michigan State. "Adam is pretty consistent. I think that is the one trait I like most about him," Lucia said. Wilcox's play over the past couple of weeks has allowed the Gophers to win games despite the offense's lack of rhythm. "Wilcox has been playing really well and that is great, but we do have to find our game offensively and put a few more goals in," Ambroz said.

The injury report remains unchanged from last week. Minnesota will be without the services of Tom Serratore and Michael Brodzinski, but everyone else is available for the trip to Madison.

The schedule throws another curveball at the Gophers this week with games on Thursday and Friday. Thursday's action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. CT and Friday's contest will begin at 8 p.m. CT. The Big Ten Network will broadcast both games live. Fans can listen to Wally Shaver and Frank Mazzocco call the games on 1500 ESPN.

Story by University of Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock

Gophers Make All-Time List at Bergan Invite

Several Golden Gopher women's track and field athletes delivered all-time top-10 performances at last weekend's Bill Bergan Invitational, led by the school record-breaking 4x400-meter relay team of Titania Markland, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen.

The record-breaking 4x400m relay performance topped Minnesota's previous school record by 2.6 seconds, improving on a 3:40.77 ran by Katie Grundman, Heather Dorniden, Kadian Douglas and Mollie Hupp in 2006. The Gophers also broke the Bill Bergan Invitational meet record, set by host Iowa State in 2010, by nearly five seconds (3:42.96).

4x400 METER RELAY
1. 3:38.10, 2014 (Titania Markland, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley, Megan Geyen)
2. 3:40.77, 2006 (Katie Grundman, Heather Dorniden, Kadian Douglas, Mollie Hupp)
3. 3:40.99, 2013 (Megan Geyen, Te'Shon Adderley, Jessica Waldvogel, Alena Brooks)
4. 3:41.16, 2005 (Melissa Steele, Mollie Hupp, Candace Borgen, Kadian Douglas)
5. 3:42:55, 2001 (Jessica Shuster, Amber Day, Shani Marks, Ali Gartner)
6. 3:42.74, 2010 (Kelly Stalpes, Rikita Butler, Chioma Omeoga, Alena Brooks)
7. 3:43.08, 2008 (Ekene Obi, Rikita Butler, Jamie Dittmar, Heather Dorniden)
8. 3:43.22, 2001 (Shani Marks, Amber Day, Jessica Shuster, Tahesia Harrigan)
9. 3:43.39, 2009 (Adrienne Thomas, Chioma Omeoga, Julie Schwengler, Heather Dorniden)
10. 3:43.41, 2011 (Nyoka Giles, Katie Hill, Sharyn Dahl, Alena Brooks)

Senior Megan Geyen climbed to No. 5 all-time with a personal best of 55.18 in the open 400-meter dash; she was previously ranked No. 6 at 55.32. Freshman Titania Markland posted a 55.87 in the 400m to make her debut at No. 9 in the Gophers' 400m all-time top-10 list as well.

400 METER DASH
1. Rikita Butler, 54.35, 2010
2. Alena Brooks, 54.51, 2011
3. Heather Dorniden, 54.71, 2006
4. Kou Luogon, 54.78, 2003
5. Megan Geyen, 55.18, 2014
6. Adrienne Thomas, 55.31, 2009
7. Jessica Shuster, 55.47, 2001
8. Shani Marks, 55.53, 2003
9. Titania Markland, 55.87, 2014
10. Mollie Hupp, 55.95, 2005

In the weight throw, sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe made the all-time list at No. 7 in program history with a throw of 57-0.25 (17.38m) for fifth place at the meet.

WEIGHT THROW
1. Liz Alabi, 69-0 3/4 (21.05m), 2007
2. Beth Howard, 64-1 3/4 (19.55m), 2000
3. Aubrey Schmitt, 63-1 1/4 (19.23m), 2001
4. DeAnne Hahn, 62-1 (18.92m), 2010
5. Devin Stanford, 60-1 1/4 (18.32m), 2013
6. Jeri Johnson-Chambers, 57-7 3/4 (17.57m), 2013
7. Lyndsey Thorpe, 57-0 1/4 (17.38m), 2014
8. Caty Dongoske, 56-6 3/4 (17.24m), 2011
9. Sara Clinkenbeard, 56-2 1/2 (17.13m), 2003
10. Jess Stephan, 55-8 1/4 (16.97m), 2006

Two Gopher pentathletes made their mark among the all-time ranks as well. Junior Jess Herauf climbed from eighth all-time to second all-time with 4,008 points (third place) at the Bill Bergan Invitational. Her previous personal best was 3,516 points from 2012. Sophomore Alex Beckman also debuted in the all-time rankings with 3,669 points for sixth all-time. Earlier this season, redshirt freshman Audra Winter made the top 10 with 3,504 points.

PENTATHLON
1. Liz Roehrig, 4,218 (2008)
2. Jess Herauf, 4,008 (2014)
3. Apasha Blocker, 3,715 (1996)
4. Jacenta Spandl, 3,698 (2005)
5. Polly Oas, 3,675 (1984)
6. Alex Beckman, 3,669 (2014)
7. Maggie Jaunich, 3,641 (2005)
8. Christine Gulbrandsen, 3,526 (1998)
9. Nikki Schultz, 3,518 (2009)
10. Audra Winter, 3,504 (2014)

Unlimited Update (2/4/14)

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Written by Chris Hawthorne, Student Affairs Intern and Unlimited Executive Board Member

Unlimited is in the final stages of planning and preparation as we get ready to hold the first annual Unlimited Dance Marathon, Feb. 22-23 in Mariucci Arena. As we begin putting the final touches on the schedule and events we will have this year, it's been incredible to spend a little bit of time thinking about where we were two years ago and how far we've come.

To say it's been a lot of work would truly be an understatement, but it's been something that has been so rewarding and has been something through which I, personally, have learned so much. I have been able to apply many of the things that I have learned in classes here at the U to real life scenarios and situations. It has also been really rewarding to work with so many incredible people, from all the different areas within the athletics department, to different students and student groups on campus, to different members of Greek life, to various other areas of campus that would take far too long to list, everyone that I have had the chance to work with has been great.

Looking forward to the event, I couldn't be more excited for all that's going to take place. Coming off of a logistical meeting with Craig Flor and his staff at Mariucci, I am so excited to see the incredible things that they will pull off from the venue and staging perspective. From curtains to lighting to speakers to a/v and cameras, his staff along with the communications, marketing, and various other parts of the athletic department have teamed up to put on something that I really think people will have a great time at.

We have put the final touches on the music plan, have met with the DJ's, have began the slotting process of which student groups will perform when, are finalizing which children and families will speak when, and have a couple of surprise on campus celebrities that we are hoping will make an appearance. Additionally, we are finalizing what great items we will have for our auction which will be up on the concourse during the entire 12 hours. Just as a teaser, we will have a great giveaway for Spring Break that people and especially students and families won't want to miss. 

All in all, we are in a great place right now. We have a lot of work left to do over the last few weeks, but we can't wait to see everyone at 6pm on February 22nd at Mariucci Arena. 


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Don't Miss the Don Lucia Radio Show Monday Night

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Go Gophers!Nate Condon with the Mariucci-Bessone Trophy. 
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Listen to tonight's show: 1500ESPN.com | Archived Radio Broadcasts

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Don Lucia Radio Show returns to the airwaves of 1500 ESPN for the 2013-14 season, airing live on Mondays during the year from the Beacon Public House inside the Commons Hotel on campus. 

Join Lucia and co-host Wally Shaver on Mondays throughout the season with each show airing live from 6:00-6:30 p.m. CT on 1500 ESPN. 

This week, the Don Lucia Radio Show looks back at Minnesota's series with Michigan State that saw the Gophers go to their fifth shootout of the season on Friday before picking up a 1-0 shutout victory over the Spartans on Saturday. 

The Gophers return to action this weekend with a rare Thursday-Friday Big Ten series in Madison. Minnesota and Wisconsin face off on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT (BTN, BTN2Go.com, 1500 ESPN) before closing out the series on Friday at 8 p.m. (BTN, BTN2Go.com, 1500 ESPN).

For the second-season in a row, Beacon Public House will host a live viewing of the Don Lucia Radio Show with food and drink specials every Monday night for Gopher Hockey fans. Learn more about Beacon Public House here.