Oct. 5, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team opened up the 2013-14 season with a win over Arizona State University. The Gophers defeated the Sun Devils by a score of 190-95. The win marks the first for Minnesota for the year along with the first at home in the University Aquatic Center.
The meet was commemorated at the start as the five seniors along with their families were honored prior to the competition.
Co-Captain Derek Toomey started his final year as a Gopher strongly as he finished first in the 50 free with a time of 19.99 along with a second-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 45.16. Toomey currently holds the Minnesota record in the 100 free with a time of 42.60.
Freshman Daryl Turner started his collegiate career off strong as he took four first-place finishes for the day. He won the 100 back with a time of 48.43 along with the 100 free with a time of 44.65. He also placed in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.
Another freshman that debuted for the Golden Gophers today was Nick Hatanaka who won the 200 breast with a time of 2:03.52.
The Golden Gophers dominated in diving as they took home first, second, and third place finishes in the three-meter dive. With a final score of 370.65, Manny Pollard claimed first. Behind him was Dylan Zoe (333.52) and Erik Larsen (307.88). Pollard also earned himself a win in the one-meter with final score of 341.70.
Minnesota continues their competition next Saturday Oct. 12 against the University of Florida. The meet will be hosted again at the University Aquatics Center at 11:00 a.m.
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