Nov. 9, 2012
The Minnesota men's swimming team defended its home turf and was well-represented Friday on the opening day of the Minnesota Grand Prix as the Gophers had 11 appearances in the Championship finals.
The Gophers earned a first place victory on the night in the 400 free relay. The team of Felix Samuels, Hrvoje Capan, Ben Griggs and Derek Toomey beat out Minnesota’s B relay team for the title, finishing with a time of 2:59.72.
Hrvoje Capan swam in the A final of the 200 free, coming up with an eighth place finish with a time of 1:42.09. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte won the event, touching the wall at 1:35.15.
Ben Bravence, Danny Brebrick and Logan Redondo all swam in the B final of the 200 free, placing 10th, 12th and 13th.
The Gophers had three swimmers in the A final of the 100 breast. Jared Anderson lead the pack to finish fourth with a time of 54.21, followed by Josh Hall in fifth (55.07) and Max Cartwright finishing seventh (56.20).
Kyler Van Swol was the runner-up to champion Ryan Lochte in the 100 fly swimming a 47.66, only .93 seconds behind the Olympian. Sandy Whitaker finished sixth in the event with a 50.06 and Larry Formosa won the B final with a time of 50.25.
Minnesota went 4-5-6 in the 400 IM, lead by Andrew Hartbarger at 3:59.24. Alex Cisneros came in fifth with a time of 4:03.45, followed by Sean Nesheim in sixth (4:04.67).
The Minnesota Grand Prix continues Saturday morning at the University Aquatic Center, with preliminaries set to begin at 9 a.m. and finals schedule to get underway at 6 p.m.