Oct. 26, 2012
The No. 13 University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team defeated Wisconsin, 191-100, Friday night at the University Aquatic Center in conjunction with Senior Night. The Gophers won 13 of the 16 events against the Badgers.
"It went really well," head men's and women's swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer said about the meet. "I think what I'm most pleased with is the team effort from start to finish on both sides. Both teams, our women's team and our men's team, really from start to finish kept the energy high and really swam very well all the way through the meet. It was good to see a complete meet, it was really good."
The Gophers kicked off the border battle with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The team of Andrew Hartbarger, Jared Anderson, Kyler Van Swol and Derek Toomey posted a time of 1:30.59, which was the best time this season for the Gophers.
Including the 200 medley relay, the Maroon and Gold posted its fastest times of the year in 13 of its 16 events competed.
Anderson followed up his performance in the relay with a strong showing in the 100 breast, where he recorded a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 55:11 to claim first-place honors. The senior went on to notch his third title of the night in the 200 breast with a time of 2:03.40, with Max Cartwright finishing closely behind in second in 2:03.41.
Hartbarger earned another first place honor winning the 100 back, touching the wall with a career-best time of 50.62, while Carl Newenhouse claimed the title in the 200 back (1:48.36) for the Gophers. Sophomore CJ Smith dominated the 1,000 free, taking home first-place honors with a time of 9:10.98.
Van Swol came away with a total of four victories on the night. Along with the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay, the junior won the 100 fly in 48.65, as well as the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.46.
Toomey also had a successful night notching four victories against the Badgers. The junior captain won the 50 free with a time of 20:16 and the 100 free in 45.31, along with both relays on the night.
On the diving side, Wisconsin transfer Mikey Ross won 1 meter diving with a score of 360.38, while Jordan Lesser claimed the title on the 3 meter board with a mark of 362.55. Both scores were NCAA Zone qualifying marks.
The Gophers will will be in action next on Nov. 2, when they take on Big Ten foe Iowa at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
"Our men took it on the chin a little bit last year down in Iowa, so we're looking forward to them coming to our pool," Kremer stated. "It's going to be a really competitive meet and we're definitely looking forward to it."
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