Oct. 21, 2011
In its first action of the season, Maroon narrowly edged Gold, 152-148, in the Minnesota men's swimming and diving intrasquad meet Friday afternoon at the University Aquatic Center.
"We had a very exciting meet today," men's head coach Dennis Dale said. "The Maroon team came out on top with a comeback from behind. The swimmers did a great job with wonderful performances. I like where we are at this point in the season."
Zach Bolin led all competitors with three victories for the Gold team, claiming first-place honors in the 200 medley relay (1:31.66), the 50 freestyle (20.58) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.78), while Carl Newenhouse, Josh Hall and Kyler Van Swol each tallied two victories apiece for Maroon. Ben Griggs also added two wins for Gold.
"I started off with the 200 medley relay where I swam fly and I was happy with it," Van Swol said following the meet. "My next race was the 200 fly. Brandon Hatanaka went extremely fast and had a good race. I finished up on the 200 free relay, which was a lot of fun because I usually don't get to race that. I feel really good about the season. We are a strong team with a lot of good freshman."
Following Gold's win in the 200 medley relay, freshman CJ Smith claimed the title in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:16.99 and Mike Vernoia added a win in the 200 freestyle in 1:39.85 for team Gold.
Newenhouse earned Maroon's first win of the afternoon in the 100 backstroke in 51.69, before Hall and Van Swol added two more victories in the 100 breaststroke (55.58) and 200 butterfly (1:51.96), respectively.
Bolin claimed the title in the 50 freestyle (20.58) and Griggs added to Gold's lead with a win in the 100 freestyle (46.44), but Newenhouse, Hall, Matt Benecki, Van Swol and Brandon Hatanaka each posted wins for Maroon to give Dale's team the win.
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