March 28, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team began competition at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday morning with preliminaries of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay, sending four swimmers into tonight's Finals.
The Championship Finals are set to get underway at 6:00 p.m. from the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., and will be streamed live at iHigh.com.
Junior captain Derek Toomey advanced to Thursday night's Championship Final in the 50 free after clocking a personal-best time of 19.10 to place third in the preliminaries. He is the first Gopher swimmer to advance to the Championship Final of the 50 free at the NCAA Championships since Del Cerney placed third in 1992.
Freshman Logan Redondo was Minnesota's top finisher in the preliminaries of the 500 freestyle, placing 33rd with a time of 4:21.07, while sophomore CJ Smith finished 46th overall with a time of 4:24.58.
The preliminary round and B Final of 1-meter diving is taking place now, with sophomore Jordan Lesser and senior Mikey Ross each vying for a spot in tonight's final. Tonight's finals will also feature the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay.
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.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.