March 23, 2012
Minnesota's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Hrvoje Capan, Derek Toomey, Zach Bolin and Kyler Van Swol earned All-America Honorable Mention accolades Friday night on the second day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Seattle, Wash. The quartet placed 16th with a time of 6:30.18, earning All-America honors in the event for the ninth-straight year.
"It was a bit of a rough day, but we were able to pick up a couple points in the 800 free relay in the final event of the day," head men's and women's coach Kelly Kremer said. "Hopefully, that will give us some momentum going into tomorrow."
The All-America certificate was the seventh for Bolin in his career and second of the Championships, while Toomey picked up his fifth all-time and his second of the season. Capan tallied his third-career accolade and second in as many days, while Van Swol earned his first of the Championships and third of his career.
Earlier in the day, Van Swol competed in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly and placed 29th overall with a time of 47.40, which was his second-fastest time this season.
Also competing in the preliminaries was a pair of Gopher divers in senior Kristoffer Jorgensen and junior Mikey Ross. Jorgensen posted a score of 332.0 in three meter springboard to place 26th overall, while Ross tallied a score of 272.05 to finish in 33rd place.
The Maroon and Gold will conclude competition at the NCAA Championships Saturday, with preliminary sessions set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. CT.
"Tomorrow we finish the meet with our best relay," Kremer said. "Our divers get better as they go up as well, so hopefully we will get our platform divers going and see if we can put some more points on the board."
Van Swol will compete in the 200-yard butterfly preliminaries, while the 400-yard freestyle relay looks to make the finals for the 11th-consecutive season. Jorgensen and Ross will both compete in the platform diving preliminaries, and rookie CJ Smith will swim in the 1,650-yard freestyle, aiming to pick up his first-career All-America certificate.
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
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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
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