Feb. 9, 2013
The No. 15 Minnesota men's swimming and diving team continued their success Saturday as they wrapped up the Minnesota Challenge. The Gophers notched 15 first-place finishes on the day in front of the home crowd at the University Aquatic Center.
"I thought we had a lot of really good swimmers and I think a lot of promising swims for down the road for those student-athletes," head coach Kelly Kremer said about the meet. "We had some seniors that probably finished their career tonight. I just saw a lot of smiles and I feel good about how they finished the season."
Mikey Ross opened the day with two victories for the Maroon and Gold. In 3-meter diving, the senior marked a season-high score of 421.80 and in platform notched a 367.85.
The Gophers dominated in the relays on the day, winning all three out of three. In the 200 medley relay the men's A team finished in 1:31.75. The B team clocked in at 6:45.92 in the 800 free relay and in the final event of the night, the A team finished in 3:08.56 in the 400 free relay.
The men's 100 fly was a tight race between the Gophers but it was Ben Bravence who prevailed for first-place with his season-best time of 49.18. In the 200 fly Drew Johnson clinched the victory, touching the wall at 1:52.47.
In the freestyle events on the day, Danny Brebrick earned first-place honors in the 200 free with his new season-best time of 1:39.41. Brian Gorman swam the 1,650 in 16:06.28 for the victory while Hrvoje Capan beat out all others in the 100 free in his season top-time of 44.82 for first.
Jared Anderson added two victories for the Gophers on the day. The senior captain finished in 54.77 for first-place in the 100 breast as well as swimming the 200 breast in 2:02.85 for the win.
Two career-best times were notched during the backstrokes for the Gophers. Jimmy Rafter clinched his new top-time of 49.85 in the 100 back for first-place honors while Grant Alef swam a best 1:47.65 for the win in the 200 back.
Sophomore Luke Bushman swam a quick 400 IM, marking a new season-best time of 3:57.63 to win the event.
The Gophers travel to Bloomington, Indiana February 27th - March 2nd for the 2013 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships.
"For our teams getting ready for the Big Ten Championships, really a lot of great stuff," Kremer said. "Yesterday, I hate to even start talking about it but there were so many good things. Derek Toomey going under 20 on the men's side, I didn't realize how few we had of those. He might have been maybe the third or fourth person that's ever done that at Minnesota unshaved and unrested... We had a bunch of great swims yesterday all-around, both men and women. We're in a good position for what's to come."
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