Oct. 19, 2013
After two days of competition and 40 events later, the University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team won its third meet of the season. Performing at the Natatorium in Madison, Wisc. the Gophers defeated the University of Wisconsin Badgers 220-150. The win puts Minnesota on the map in the Big Ten as the dual was the first conference match up for the year. The Gophers now stand at 2-1 in the season and 1-0 in the conference.
After having a 183-103 advantage over the Badgers after day one of the dual on Friday, the Gophers continued their stride as the 400 medley relay team of Daryl Turner, Nick Hatanaka, Kyler Van Swol, and Derek Toomey combined for a time of 3:19.81 to win the first event of Saturday's competition.
Minnesota clinched the top two spots in the 1650 yard freestyle, which was the first appearance of the event for the Gophers this season. Junior CJ Smith earned himself the top position when he completed with a time of 15:33.35. Behind him was Ben Bravence who finished with a time of 15:49.95.
Taking home second place in the 100 backstroke, Daryl Turner swam a 48.83.
The Hatanaka brothers both claimed wins for Minnesota in the day's border battle. Junior Brandon Hatanaka placed first in the 400 I.M. with a time of 3:58.85. Younger freshman Nick Hatanaka followed suit by seizing first-place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.85.
Minnesota would go on to win the remaining two swimming events in the dual meet as Kyler Van Swol (49.63) won the 100 butterfly, and a combination of Turner, Van Swol, Carl Newenhouse, and Toomey (2:59.93) won the 400 freestyle relay.
In the diving well, Manny Pollard dominated for Minnesota. Winning both meter events, he swept all competition. In the three-meter he earned a score of 372.00 and in the last event of the dual, he earned a winning score of 324.60 in the one-meter.
The men's team now takes a break from competition and will be at it again on November 1 in Iowa City, Iowa to take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in another Big Ten Conference dual meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. CT.
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.