Feb. 23, 2012
Following the second day of competition at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the Gophers posted eight NCAA “B” qualifying times and two NCAA zone qualifying marks. They sit in seventh place with a score of 116. The University of Michigan leads the meet with 253 points, followed by Ohio State with 218 and Indiana with 189.
“We had a better night than morning, I was proud of the way the guys swam tonight,” head coach Kelly Kremer stated. “Our 500 freestylers did a good job, it was good to see Matt Benecki, Mike Vernoia and CJ Smith put points on the board. I was really proud of Derek Toomey and Zach Bolin in the 50 free final, both at life-time bests, we sure needed a win in that heat. Derek ending up in ninth was needed momentum for us. We finished really well in the 400 medley relay and hopefully we can take that into tomorrow.”
Minnesota posted three NCAA “B” provisional qualifying times in the 500-yard freestyle. Matthew Benecki finished in 11th place with a time of 4:22.03, followed by Mike Vernoia in 13th place with a time of 4:22.47 and CJ Smith right behind in 14th at 4:24.33. Ryan Feeley of Michigan won the event with a new pool record and NCAA “A” qualifying time of 4:15.12.
Derek Toomey and Zach Bolin posted NCAA “B” provisional times in the 50-yard freestyle. Toomey finished in ninth place with a time of 19.84 while Bolin came in 12th at 19.93. Nathan Jobe placed 24th with a time of 20.65. Ben Griggs also posted a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 20.27 in preliminaries. Ohio State’s Jason Schnur claimed the title, setting a new pool record and a NCAA “A” qualifying time of 19.35.
The Gopher’s 400-yard medley relay team of Carl Newenhouse, Josh Hall, Kyler Van Swol and Bolin placed fifth with a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 3:12.67. Michigan won the event, posting a new pool record and a NCAA “A” qualifying time of 3:07.32.
In 1 meter diving, Kristoffer Jorgensen posted a NCAA zone qualifying mark of 338.90 to put him in 10th place. Shane Miszkiel of Ohio State finished in first with a score of 401.75.
Competition continues Friday with prelims beginning at 11:00am and finals at 6:30pm. The order of events are 200 freestyle relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3 meter diving.
“We have a lot more scoring opportunities tomorrow, a lot more opportunities to have people swimming at night” Kremer stated. “We need to take advantage of every one of those and need each one to get better from the previous. We need to do even better tomorrow morning than we were tonight, that is our goal.”
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