Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
The two advanced to the Championships March 28-30
3 meter diving wrapped up at Zone D at the University of Houston
Mikey Ross finished third in 1 meter to lead the Gophers
Minnesota concluded the Championships with 378 team points .
2015-16 Senior Season: Named Most Improved by teammates • Second Team All-Big Ten • Two-time All-American at the 2016 NCAA Championships after finishing 5th on platform and 13th on 1-meter • At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Pollard earned silver on platform, bronze on 1-meter and 9th on 3-meter • Tallied 16 top-five finishes during the regular season.
2014-15 Junior Season: Academic All Big Ten Team • Third-year letter winner • All-American Honorable Mention (1m) • At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Pollard finished 13th on 1m, 20th on platform and sustained an injury during the 3m competition (3/26-3/28) • Qualified for the 2015 NCAA Championships at the Zone D Championships where he finished 5th on 1m, 6th on 3m and 5th on platform (3/9-3/11) • During the 2015 Big Ten Championships, Pollard placed 9th on platform and 7th on both 1m and 3m (2/26-2/28) • Finished 2nd on 1m and 3rd on 3m at the 2015 Minnesota Challenge (2/7) • Took 5th on both 3m and platform against Northwestern and Purdue (1/30-1/31) • Finished 3rd on 3m at N.C. State (1/24) • Took 1st on both 1m and 3m boards at the 2014 Jean K. Freeman Invite (12/5-12/6) • Finished 1st on 3m and 3rd on 1m at Florida (11/8) • Claimed 1st on both 1m and 3m boards against Iowa (10/31) • Finished 1st on 1m and 3rd on 3m vs. North Dakota (10/24) • Took 2nd on both 1m and 3m against Wisconsin (10/17) • Secured 3rd Big Ten Diver of the Week accolade after sweeping the 1m and 3m competition at Arizona State (10/4).
2013-14 Sophomore Season: Academic All Big Ten Team • Second-year letter winner • Finished 4th on both 3m and platform and 11th on 1m at the 2014 NCAA Zone D Diving Championships • At the 2015 Big Ten Championships, Pollard secured the bronze on platform, finished 6th on 1m and 9th on 3m - scoring 38 points (2/27-3/1) • Took 1st in 1m diving competition at the 2014 Minnesota Challenge (2/7-2/8) • Against Purdue and Wisconsin, Pollard finished 3rd on 3m 2nd on 1m (1/31-2/1) • Took 1st on both 1m and 3m boards against N.C. State and was awarded the Big Ten Diver of the Week honor (1/24-1/25) • Placed 1st on both 1m and 3m diving contests against Wisconsin (10/18-10/19) • Took 2nd on the 1m and 3m boards against Florida (10/12) • Finished 1st on both 1m and 3m diving at Arizona State, claiming the Big Ten Diver of the Week title (10/5).
2012-13 • Freshman Season: First-year letter winner • competed in the Big Ten Championships his first year at Minnesota • had 47 total points in dual meets in the year for the team • added 26 points at the Big Ten Championships • earned all three career-high top scores at the Big Ten Championships • fifth at Minnesota for the 1 meter and platform • seventh at Minnesota in the 3 meter • finished third in the 1 meter and second in the 3 meter in the Iowa dual (11/2/12) • took third place in 1 meter against Wisconsin (10/26/12) • posted second-place finishes in both 1 meter and 3 meter at Michigan (10/5/12).
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Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.