Oct. 28, 2011
The University of Minnesota men's and women's swimming and diving teams each defeated host Wisconsin on the road Friday night at the Natatorium in Madison, Wis. The Gopher men opened their season and Big Ten action with a 183-105 victory to move to 1-0 on the season and 1-0 in league competition, while the Gopher women improved to 4-0 on the year and 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 177-121 win over the Badgers.
"This was our first meet together this season and I thought both the men and the women put together great performances against a quality opponent," head men's and women's coach Kelly Kremer said. "I thought the women were impressive and this was an outstanding start to the season for the men."
The men's team won 13 of 16 events, with sophomore Kyler Van Swol leading all Gophers with four victories.
Van Swol opened the meet with a win as part of the 200 medley relay team, posting a 1:32.65 with Sandy Whitaker, Josh Hall and Zach Bolin. The sophomore tallied a 1:50.03 mark in the 200 butterfly, before touching in a time of 49.06 in the 100 butterfly.
Along with Ben Griggs, Derek Toomey and Bolin, Van Swol posted a time of 3:04.32 in the 400 freestyle relay to bookend his remarkable day and claim his fourth win of the event.
Hall also put together an impressive opening to the season with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 55.18 in the 100 breaststroke, a mark that ranks first in the Big Ten and seventh nationally, and a time of 2:03.95 in the 200 breaststroke for his third win.
Bolin also had three victories on the day, with a time of 20.72 in the 50 freestyle and a time of 46.00 in the 100 freestyle.
Adding two wins apiece against the Badgers were senior Mike Vernoia and sophomore Turner Eckstrom. Vernoia had times of 1:40.11 in the 200 freestyle and 4:35.36 in the 500 freestyle, while Eckstrom tallied NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks in 1 meter and 3 meter diving with scores of 334.35 and 357.60, respectively.
Freshman CJ Smith contributed a win in the 1000 freestyle in his first collegiate event with a time of 9:18.36.
The Gopher men are back in action Friday, Nov. 4, when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for a Big Ten dual meet vs. Iowa.