Feb. 3, 2012
The No. 16 Minnesota men's swimming and diving team posted some impressive times in the opening session of the Minnesota Challenge Friday night at the University Aquatic Center.
"We really had some of our swimmers swim the best that they had all year and it gets the whole team excited to see how fast they'll go when they're fully prepared," head men's and women's coach Kelly Kremer said. "What we saw tonight is a great indicator of things to come."
The 200 freestyle relay team of Kyler Van Swol, Nathan Jobe, Hrvoje Capan and Felix Samuels placed second in the opening event of the day with a time of 1:23.22, behind St. Cloud State who claimed the title in 1:21.74.
Danny Brebrick won the title in the 500 freestyle in 4:29.36, with Garin Marlow (4:33.08), Grant Alef (4:35.13), Corey Mills (4:35.84), Alex Cisneros (4:37.04) and Brian Gorman (4:37.06) finishing 3-7 for the Gophers.
In the 200 individual medley, Minnesota claimed the top six times, led by Van Swol's winning time of 1:50.12. Brandon Hatanaka (1:51.56), Andy Knaak (1:51.91), DJ Friesch (1:52.06), Andrew Hartbarger (1:52.42) and Garrett Larson followed Van Swol in order.
The Gopher men closed out the night by claiming second-place honors in the 400 medley relay, with the team of Zach Bolin, Josh Hall, Ben Griggs and Max Cartwright finishing in 3:25.02.
Minnesota continues competition in the Minnesota Challenge Saturday with the morning session set to begin at 11:00 a.m. and the evening session set for 6:00 p.m.