Feb. 24, 2012
The No. 16 Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team moved up to sixth place at the Big Ten Championships Friday night at the University of Iowa Recreation and Wellness Pool.
The Gophers have 235 team points heading into the final day of competition at the Championships. Michigan continues to lead with 516.5 points followed by Ohio State in second with 380 points.
“We are getting better each session. Tonight was another session that we were better than we were this morning, tonight went very well for us” head coach Kelly Kremer said following the event. “We look forward to the rest of the meet, we hope to keep it going tomorrow morning.”
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Derek Toomey, Zach Bolin, Ben Griggs and Hrvoje Capan posted an excellent time of 1:18.26 for fifth place. Iowa’s relay team won the event with a time of 1:17.61, a new pool record.
Andrew Hartbarger finished in 17th place in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:51.72, while Brandon Hatanaka came in 21st with a time of 3:55.88. Kyle Whitaker of Michigan won the event with a new pool record and NCAA “A” qualifying time of 3:41.04.
In the 100 butterfly, Minnesota’s Kyler Van Swol had a strong performance, finishing in ninth place with a time of 46.95, while Sandy Whitaker came in at 49.26 to take 22nd. Claiming the title was Michigan’s Daniel Madwed with a time of 46.02.
The Gophers had three finishes in the 200-yard freestyle with Capan coming in eighth place at a time of 1:36.64, followed by Mike Vernoia touching the wall for 10th place in the B final with a 1:35.91. Matt Papenfuss finished in 20th with a 1:37.78. Michae Wynalda of Michigan won the event with a new pool record of 1:34.10.
Minnesota had a strong performance in the 100-yard breaststroke, posting three top-ten finishes. Jared Anderson claimed the sixth spot with a time of 53.56, followed closely behind by Josh Hall in seventh place at 53.72, and Max Cartwright coming in ninth at 54.18. Indiana’s Cody Miller claimed the title with a new pool record of 52.34.
The Gopher’s diving team wrapped up the day with an excellent finish, claiming the second and sixth place spots in 3 meter diving. Mikey Ross came in second behind Darian Schmidt of Indiana (459.30) with a mark of 423.50, while Kris Jorgensen scored a 379.95 to claim the sixth place spot.
“I am so happy and proud of our divers, Mikey finishing in second was fantastic. Kris has been consistent and did another good job for us tonight, that was a lot of points that we needed right now” Kremer stated.
The Gophers conclude competition in the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, with preliminaries set for 11:30 a.m., and finals scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The schedule of events for the final day of competition is as follows: 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and 400 freestyle relay.
“The mindset is to maximize every opportunity we have. We really feel like we’re getting better every session and tomorrow we expect to be a little better than we ever were today” Kremer said about the final day of the Championships. “I think we have a lot of opportunities tomorrow to be great and we just need to take advantage of every one of them .”
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