March 27, 2014
The Golden Gophers arrived in Austin, Texas on Tuesday ready to compete in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 27-29. The Minnesota roster includes Matt Barnard, Paul Fair, Ian Gordon, Nick Hatanaka, Jakub Maly, CJ Smith, Derek Toomey, Daryl Turner, and Kyler Van Swol.
The Gophers competed in five events during prelims, sending the 200 free relay and 50 free to finals.
200 Free Relay
During prelims, the relay team of Derek Toomey, Daryl Turner, Paul Fair and Ian Gordon kicked off the NCAA Championships with a prelim time of 1:17.44, seeding them 9th for finals. Derek Toomey became the first Big Ten Conference swimmer ever to break under 19 seconds, finishing with a split of 18.95.
The Gophers placed 13th in the 200 free relay finals with a time of 1:18.42.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jakub Maly set a new personal record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:44.76 for 27th place. Maly is only .12 seconds away from knocking down the Minnesota school record in the event. Jakub will be competing in the 400 IM, his favorite event, on Friday.
Senior captain Derek Toomey established a 19.10 during the 50 free prelims to be seeded 7th in the finals.
During finals Toomey matched his Big Ten Championship Title time 19.05 during the 50 free finals for fourth place in the event.
400 Medley Relay
1 Meter Diving
Matt Barnard competed in the 1-meter diving event this afternoon, adding up a total of 281.00 points for 31st place. The freshman is most looking forward to the platform diving event, which will take place on Saturday.
After tonight’s finals, the Gophers have a total of 23 points and are currently in 18th place.
Tomorrow prelims begin tomorrow at 11 am CT:
200 Medley Relay
400 IM – Jakub Maly
100 Fly – Kyler Van Swol
800 Free Relay
3-Meter Diving – Matt Barnard
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
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.
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