HONOLULU, H.I. – Minnesota men’s and women’s swimming wrapped up their annual training trip to Hawai’i with a pair of victories Saturday evening. The Gophers return to Dinkytown with dual meet wins over Hawai’i and Drury following a month long absence from competition.
No. 22 Minnesota 177, Hawai’i 79
No. 22 Minnesota 168, Drury 93
The Maroon and Gold saw five individuals connect on eight first place finishes in the 16 event meet as they improved their dual record to 4-3. Senior Conner McHugh, junior Bowen Becker and sophomore Matthew Thomas all lead the Gophers with two first place victories.
McHugh remains perfect in both the 100 breast and 200 breast with a 56.27 and 2:01.80 first place finishes respectively. Becker dominated the 100 free winning with a time of 44.62, just over two seconds faster than teammate Kyle Van Niekerk. In the 50 free, Becker touched in ahead of the field at 20.20 to defeat teammate James Tidd (21.26). Thomas captured wins in both butterfly events, edging out teammate Tumoas Pokkinen in both races. In the 200 fly, Thomas touched in .37 seconds faster at 1:50.31 and .12 seconds quicker in the 100 fly at 49.06).
Cameron Kelley added a first place finish in the 1000 free in a time of 9:19.59, while Tim Sates capture a first place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.50 just ahead of Van Niekerk (1:40.86).
Junior Nick Plachinksi added a pair of second place finishes for the Maroon and Gold swimming the 1000 free in 9:30.20 and the 500 free in 4:31.90.
The Gophers A relay squad of Becker, Sates, Thomas and Pokkinen took home first in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:24.27.
No. 16 Minnesota 139.5, Hawai’i 121.5
No. 16 Minnesota 193, Drury 67
Junior Tevyn Waddell and senior Danielle Nack both captured a pair of victories for the Gophers, who improved their dual record to 6-1. Wadell stayed perfect in the 100-yard backstroke for the season touching the wall first at 55.12. Dominating the 200 back, Waddell took first by over four seconds in a time of 2:00.30. Nack extended her prefect streak in the 100-yard butterfly to five with a first place finish in a NCAA B standard time of 53.66. Winning the 200 fly by just over nine seconds she touched the wall at 1:58.
Freshman Mackenzie Padington captured one of the Gophers six first place finishes. She touched in first in the 100-yard freestyle at 51.98, while adding a third place finish in the 200 free (1:52.21). Junior Chantal Nack added a first place finish in the 500 free (4:50.98) and second in the 200 free (1:49.51).
Adding second place finishes on the day were Erin Emery in the 1000 free (10:17.95), Lindsey Kozelsky in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.54) and Danielle Bergeson in the 400 IM (4:25.11).
The Minnesota relays displayed an impressive showing in the 200-yard Medley Relay. The A team of Waddell, Kozelsky, D. Nack and Padington took the top spot in 1:42.63.
Minnesota closes out the regular season at home prior to the Big Ten Championship meets. The Gophers host Denver in a non-conference dual on Saturday, Jan. 13 at noon before hosting Northwestern and Purdue in a B1G triple dual on Jan. 26 and 27.
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