Oct. 5, 2012
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2012-13 season Friday night with a close loss to defending Big Ten Champion Michigan, 170-124, at Canham Natatorium.
"I think the dual at Michigan went very well. It was the start to the year that we wanted," head coach Kelly Kremer said. "We got more vocal and had more energy as we went through the meet. From the early template it was a rough meet, but through every single event we never gave up. We continued to fight and we got better as the meet went on. It was a nice start to the year."
The Gophers dominated on the diving boards as senior Mikey Ross won on the 3 meter with a score of 368.86, followed by freshman Manny Pollard and sophomore Jordan Lesser in second and third.
The newcomers also shined on the 1 meter boards. Lesser won the title with a score of 333.60, while Pollard came in second with a mark of 311.40.
Ben Bravence, another standout freshman, made his debut by placing second in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:34.07.
"Ben Bravence really did a nice job and got into leads early and did a really nice job of not backing down to this level of competition. The newcomers did great. On the diving side, Manny and Jordan were outstanding. Our newcomers were very, very good."
As for the returning sophomores, CJ Smith came in second in the 1000 free with a time of 9:16.76. Andrew Hartbarger placed second in the 100 back with a time of 50.86. Carl Newenhouse also finished runner-up in the 200 back, touching the wall at 1:49.34.
Junior captain Derek Toomey came in second in the 100 free with a time of 45.49.
Kyler Van Swol ended the night with three second place finishes in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM, while senior Josh Hall earned a second place finish in the 200 breast.
The Gophers closed out the night placing second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:04.82, made up of Toomey, Ben Griggs, Ryan Miksch and Hrvoje Capan.
The Gophers will swim in Michigan's Water Carnival tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.
"It will be a way to make swimming a little more entertaining and fan friendly, and I think the athletes are going to have a lot of fun," Kremer said. "What we're doing to prepare for it is really keeping an open mind. We're going to play tomorrow."
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.