MINNEAPOLIS – Both men’s and women’s swimming and diving squad showed strong second half finishes Friday evening in day one of the two day quad meet against Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Gophers on both sides hold leads over Wisconsin and Penn State through nine events.
“Across the board we were better here than we have been so far,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “Our goal is to keep taking steps and getting better each competition.”
Men | Scores through 9 events
Minnesota 103, Wisconsin 64
Minnesota 111, Penn State 56
No. 7 Michigan 116, Minnesota 51
Off to a bit of a slow start, the Gophers picked up the pace late as Bowen Becker checked in at 44.54 in the 100 free for a second place finish. It was all uphill from their as Minnesota posted four top four finishes in the three remaining events.
Senior Conner McHugh had a first touch in the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.79, a “B” standard time, while Brian Poon followed with a fourth place finish (1:59.99). In their first 400 medley relay race of the season, Tom Donker, McHugh, Tuomas Pokkinen and Becker posted a third place finish in a time of 3:16.55.
Men’s diving had a strong outing in the 3-meter diving competition. Four of the top eight spots were held by the Maroon and Gold, led by Nick Yang who scored a personal-record total of 418.10. That mark also places his score sixth all-time in Minnesota history. Senior captain Alan LeBlang finished second with a score 386.75.
Women | Scores through 9 events
No. 17 Minnesota 100, No. 18 Wisconsin 64
No. 17 Minnesota 102, Penn State 65
No. 3 Michigan 97, No. 17 Minnesota 70
Minnesota started out strong with a second place finish from their “A” 200 free relay squad. Zoe Avestruz, Mackenzie Padington, Danielle Nack and Tevyn Waddell touched in at 1:31.25. The Gophers saw their first, first place finish of the night from Waddell in the 100 back touching in at 53.25. Waddell records the hat trick in the 100 back, finishing first in all three of her swims this season.
Despite strong performances from their opposition, Minnesota did not back down in the lanes. Chantal Nack came in strong for the Maroon and Gold in the 500 free capturing three points in her third place finish with a time of 4:46.80. Strong performances continued to show as Minnesota secured three of the top eight spots in the 200 breast. Lindsey Kozelsky picked up the first place finish in “B” qualifying time of 2:12.87, with Rae Bullinger behind her in fifth.
Minnesota capped out the day with a strong first place finish from their A 400 medley relay squad of Waddell, Kozelsky, D. Nack and Avestruz in a time of 3:37.95.
It felt like the water was on fire for the women’s diving squad as the Gophers captured five of the top eight spots. Minnesota was led by senior Beth Etterman who scored 283.10 in her first place finish, while Mariam Khamis finished second (279).
Action continues tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. as the teams compete in the remaining 10 events.
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