The season opener came down to one-one hundredth of a second for the No. 17 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team who edged their way past No. 23 Florida State, 153.5-146.5. The No. 21 Golden Gopher men’s swim and diving team fell short of an upset over No. 20. Florida State falling 179-121.
2016-17 Sophomore Season: Academic All-Big Ten Team • named Most Improved by teammates • improved times in the 500-yard free (4:23.23) and 1650-yard free (15:21.42) at the Big Ten Championships • finished first place with a 4:31.97 in the 500-yard free against North Dakota • earned a first-place finish in the 500-yard free (4:29.66) at the Minnesota Invitational • improved to 15:48.05 in the 1650-yard free at the Minnesota Invitational • earned two first-place finishes at the Jean Freeman Invitational: 500-yard free (4:24.30) and 1650-yard free (15:27.39).
2015-16 Freshman Season: Tallied 17 top-five finishes during the regular season • At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Plachinski finished 26th in the 1650 free, 34th in the 500 free and 38th in the 200 free • Won the 500 free at the 2016 Minnesota Challenge • Made his collegiate debut at Florida State highlighted by a second-place finish in the 1000 free. High School: Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cedarburg High School • Coached by Amit Kaul and Steve Keller • Four-time letterwinner in swimming, also earned a varsity letter in football • four-time First Team All-Conference • four-time First-Team All-State • three-time All-American • also competed for Ozaukee Aquatics club team • holds six Cedarburg HS records • holds Wisconsin state record in the 500-yard freestyle • lists most memorable sports thrill as competing in the 400 freestyle relay at the 2015 Wisconsin State Championships.
Personal: Born October 19, 1996 • son of Steve and Sue Plachinski • has three older sisters: Lauren, Emily and Rebecca • enjoys playing sports with friends, cooking and hiking • plans to major in biology.
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