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.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.