March 30, 2013
Five Golden Gophers earned six All-America honors on the final night of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, and with 53 total points, Minnesota finished in a tie for 18th overall at the event held at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Minnesota’s 18th-place finish was an improvement of six spots from its 24th-place finish a year ago and the squad also upped its scoring total by 22 points from 2012.
“We are really pleased with how the meet finished,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “We came into the year with a goal of finishing higher than we did a year ago, and we did that. We finished in the top 20 and more individual scorers and scored more points than we did last year. That clearly shows that we are moving in the right direction and I thought that the team did a really great job.”
CJ Smith started the night off with a 13th-place finish in the finals of the 1650 freestyle, posting a time of 14:54.21 to earn All-America Honorable Mention accolades. Freshman Logan Redondo also competed in the event, finishing 27th with a time of 15:05.06.
Junior captain Derek Toomey posted a time of 43.06 to place 13th in the B Final of the 100 free to earn All-America Honorable Mention honors, and added his fourth accolade of the year as a member of the 400 free relay team in the final event of the Championships.
Toomey, Hrvoje Capan, Ben Griggs and Felix Samuels finished 14th in the consolation final of the 400 free relay with a time of 2:54.83 to all earn All-America Honorable Mention honors.
“Derek was great from start to finish,” Kremer said of Toomey’s NCAA Championships performance. “I think that his performance, starting with prelims on Thursday, let the team know that we were ready to go. He kept that going right though the 400 free relay tonight, leading off with a 42.9, so he really was great from start to finish. He has been a great leader for us in and out of the pool and great leaders need to perform in the team’s greatest moments, and he did that this weekend.”
Three Gophers swam in the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke earlier in the day, 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.
Mikey Ross and Jordan Lesser both competed in the preliminaries of platform diving, with Lesser placing 18th with a score of 317.80 and Ross placing 22nd with a score of 297.80.
2013 Minnesota All-America Honors
Jared Anderson – 100 breast*
Hrvoje Capan – 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*
Ben Griggs – 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*
Jordan Lesser – 1-meter diving*
Mikey Ross – 3-meter diving*
Felix Samuels – 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*
CJ Smith – 1650 free*
Derek Toomey – 200 free relay*, 50 free, 100 free*, 400 free relay*
*All-America Honorable Mention
NCAA Championships Team Results
1. Michigan - 480
2. California - 406.5
3. Arizona - 313.5
4. Southern California - 289
5. Texas - 288
6. Florida - 285.5
7. Stanford - 282
8. Auburn - 226.5
9. Indiana - 201
10. Georgia - 163
11. Louisville - 93
12. Ohio State - 87
13. Wisconsin - 84
14. Missouri - 80
15. NC State - 74
16. Tennessee - 59
17. Duke University - 54
18. Minnesota - 53
18. Arizona State - 53
20. Penn State - 52
20. Virginia Tech - 52
21. Kentucky - 45
23. Florida State - 40
24. Texas A&M - 32
25. Purdue - 26
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
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.