Jan. 25, 2013
The No. 11 University of Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team improved to 4-1 Friday night while playing host to the University of North Dakota. The Gophers won all 16 of the events to take down the Fighting Sioux 198-90.
This was the first meet for Minnesota after their month-long training trip in Hawaii.
“You know the reality is that they get back from the training trip and they get right into school and they go into that full schedule,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “They’re hustling to and from classes, figuring out their class schedules and they’re using a lot more energy than they were a week ago, because a week ago they were just swimming, they were just diving. Now they’re student-athletes again and we usually experience a pretty rough time the first meet coming off of training camp, but I was really pleased with how they responded. The energy levels weren’t great, but they were probably a little better than I thought they would be.”
Greg Norsten swam a strong meet, as he led the Gophers by notching two individual victories on the night. The freshman won the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.20, as well as the 200 IM at 1:55.28.
On the diving side, sophomore Jordan Lesser earned first-place marks on both the 1-meter board, with a season-best score of 355.20, and the 3-meter (354.53) board.
“We put together some good performances both on the boards and in the pool,” Kremer stated. “I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at, but we’re going to have to be a lot better a week from now if we’re going to be competitive against Purdue and Wisconsin. We’ll look forward to having a better week this coming week.”
Minnesota’s A relays have something to be proud about as they clinched first-place in both the 400 medley relay (3:19.48) as well as the 200 free relay (1:21.64).
Freshman Logan Redondo marked a new career top time in the 1,650 free, earning a first-place finish at 15:45.15. Sean Nesheim won the 200 free, finishing in 1:39.22, which is also a season-best for the senior.
Junior captain Derek Toomey won the 50 free with a 20.23, while Hrvoje Capan notched the victory in the 100 free at 45.26, and CJ Smith claimed the title in the 500 free (4:29.85).
Senior Jared Anderson touched the wall at 55:44 for first-place honors in the 100 breast, while Josh Hall won the 200 breast at 2:04.11.
Other victories on the night included Andrew Hartbarger in the 100 back (51.46), Grant Alef touching the wall at 1:52.01 in the 200 back, and Sandy Whitaker winning the 100 fly with a time of 50.48.
The Gophers will travel to Madison, Wis., next weekend for the Big Ten Triple Duals where they will face Wisconsin and Purdue.
“We have a goal this week to stay healthy,” Kremer said about the sicknesses his team has been facing. “We really want to swim well in that meet, so we’ll see how it goes. I think we need a better week of preparation, just in terms of being healthy and swimming well in practice, to have success next weekend.”