March 30, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team continued competition at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday morning with preliminaries of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay, sending at least four Gophers 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 on ESPN3.com.
Junior captain Derek Toomey moved into Saturday night's consolation final with a ninth place finish in the 100 free, notching a time of 42.75, while Toomey also advanced to the B Finals as a member of the 400 free relay. The junior, along with Hrvoje Capan, Ben Griggs and Felix Samuels, placed 16th in the prelims with a time of 2:54.32.
Three Gophers swam in the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke, with senior captain Jared Anderson posting the best finish for Minnesota with his time of 1:56.93 giving him a 24th-place finish. Sophomore Max Cartwright followed close behind in 26th place with a time of 1:57.48, and Josh Hall rounded out the trio by placing 32nd with a time of 1:58.21.
The preliminary round and B Final of platform diving is taking place now, with sophomore Jordan Lesser and senior Mikey Ross vying each vying for a spot in tonight's final. Tonight's finals will also feature the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free 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.