Gophers Enter Final Day of Championships in Fourth Place

Go Gophers! Mikey Ross finished fourth in 3 meter diving Friday night
Go Gophers!
Mikey Ross finished fourth in 3 meter diving Friday night
Go Gophers!

March 1, 2013

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Following the conclusion of day three of the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the No. 14 Gophers sit in fourth place with 247 team points. The Gophers notched two fourth-place finishes at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center at Indiana University Friday night.

"It was a great night, real team effort," head coach Kelly Kremer said. "Everybody stood up and swam and dove great tonight. It was a nice way to end the third day and get ready for the last day."

The 200 freestyle relay opened Friday night's finals in which the Gophers finished in fifth-place. The team of Derek Toomey, Ben Griggs, Felix Samuels and Hrvoje Capan earned a NCAA "A" qualifying time of 1:18.26 in the event. Michigan won the relay with a new meet, Big Ten and pool record of 1:16.42.

Brandon Hatanaka finished in 11th place in the 400 IM for the Gophers, touching the wall at 3:50.25. Sophomore Luke Bushman also swam in the consolation final, finishing in 16th with a time of 3:54.61. Michael Weiss claimed the title in the event for Wisconsin with a new pool record time of 3:39.17.

Sandy Whitaker represented Minnesota in the 100 fly, finishing in 13th place in the consolation final with a time of 48.29. The time marks a NCAA "B" qualifying time and a career-best for the junior. Michigan's Sean Fletcher won the event with a time of 45.59.

In the consolation final of the 200 free, senior Hrvoje Capan notched 13th place for the Gophers. His time of 1:36.52 notched a NCAA "B" qualifying time. Anders Nielsen out of Michigan claimed first-place honors in the event with a new meet, Big Ten and pool record time of 1:33.20.

Minnesota scored the majority of their points in the 100 breast Friday night. Max Cartwright led the Maroon and Gold in the championship final with a fourth-place finish of 53.17, the best Gopher time of the season in this event. Senior captain Jared Anderson touched the wall closely behind at 53.24 for fifth-place, while Josh Hall earned the seventh-place honor with a time of 53.60. Indiana's Cody Miller won the event with a time a 51.50, a new meet, Big Ten and pool record.

"All three were in the championship final and between this morning and finals we had great swims today, all-time bests," Kremer stated. "We've had great 100 breasts before and expected good things, but you have to do the job and get into the final. That was nice, they all three did it and had great swims again tonight. Really proud of our breaststrokers, they did a great job."

On the diving side, senior Mikey Ross clinched a new Minnesota record in 3 meter diving with a score of 423.90 for fourth-place honors. Sophomore and Alabama transfer Jordan Lesser finished sixth with a 384.95 mark, also in the championship final for the Gophers. Freshman Manny Pollard came in 15th in the consolation final with a score of 354.10.

The final day of the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships concludes Saturday evening with prelims beginning at 10 am (CT) and finals take place at 5:30 pm (CT). The order of events is as follows: 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and 400 freestyle relay.

"We need to have another day like today where we get a lot of people involved with finals," Kremer said. "Just continue to dive and swim well and I think we'll be in good shape. We have a great day tomorrow with every event strong, we're excited about it. We just need to continue to take the momentum from today and bring it into tomorrow morning at prelims."

Michigan remains in first-place of the Championship with 601 team points. Indiana sits in second at 464, Ohio State in third with 335, Minnesota in fourth with 247 and Purdue in fifth with 216 points.

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