Jan. 28, 2012
The No.16 Minnesota men's swimming and diving team finished the weekend strong, winning five of the ten events on the final day of the Big Ten Triple Duals Saturday afternoon at the University Aquatic Center. The Gophers defeated Wisconsin, 243-104, and also clinched the victory over Purdue, 191.5-161.5.
"I am very, very happy with the way the men performed," Minnesota men's and women's head coach Kelly Kremer said. "We treated it as two completely separate days. They came into today like it was a new day and continued the same intensity through the entire session. I could not be more pleased. It's nice to be in your home pool and pick up a Big Ten dual meet."
The Gopher's 200 freestyle relay team of Zach Bolin, Derek Toomey, Ben Griggs and Hrvoje Capan took second behind Purdue, but posted a NCAA provisional time of 1:20.85. Bolin also remained the champion of the 100 freestyle as he beat out Purdue's Danny Tucker to win with his best time of the season, posting a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 44.22.
"It's always interesting. It's one thing to beat someone in the beginning of the season, but once you're all ready at the end of the year, it's always different," Van Swol commented on competing against people he'll see again. "You never know what's going to happen."
The Gophers took control over the 500 freestyle, as Matt Benecki took the title in 4:27.70 and CJ Smith came in second in 4:28.78.
"Smith won the 1000 yesterday and then came back today and swam a great 500," head men's coach Dennis Dale said. "He and Benecki really gave us a good 1-2 punch."
"Josh Hall was a man this weekend. He won both breaststrokes for us; he was awesome. He showed up when we needed him," Dale said on Hall's performance.
Minnesota's 400 freestyle relay team made up of Bolin, Capan, Griggs and Toomey posted their best time of the season, a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 2:57.91, to beat out Purdue by just .08.
Minnesota's Michael Ross took second in 1 meter diving with a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying mark of 338.40. Purdue's Jamie Bissett took the title with a score of 361.00. Kristoffer Jorgensen won the men's platform diving with a mark of 348.3.
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