Feb. 27, 2013
After the opening night of the 2013 Men’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, the No. 14 Gophers sit in fourth place with 54 team points.
Minnesota kicked off the Championships with a sixth place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Luke Bushman, Jared Anderson, Sandy Whitaker and Derek Toomey came in at 1:26.41, a NCAA “B” qualifying time. Michigan won the event with a new meet record and new Big Ten record time of 1:23.25.
In the 800 free relay, the Gophers came in fifth place with a time of 6.25.60. Sean Nesheim, Ben Bravence, Logan Redondo and Hrvoje Capan made up the team that notched a NCAA “A” qualifying time. Michigan clinched their second title in the event, finishing again in a new meet and new Big Ten Record time of 6:13.70.
Day two of the Big Ten Championships begins with prelims at 10 am (CT) and finals at 5:30 pm (CT). The order of events are as followed: 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1 meter diving and 400 medley relay.
Michigan leads the Championships with 80 points, Indiana and Ohio State tied for second with 66 points, and Minnesota and Iowa tied for fourth with 54 points.
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Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.