Nov. 9, 2013
The University of Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team climb to 4-1 in the season with the win over the University of North Dakota of 179-113. By claiming 13 of the 16 events, the Gophers remain undefeated to North Dakota in both school's history competing against one another. After the meet North Dakota adds their first loss of the season and stand at 3-1 for an overall record.
Events in the diving well led off the day’s competition for the Gophers. Dylan Zoe racked up the first win for Minnesota as he placed first in the three-meter dive. Earning himself a new season top score, Zoe finished with a score of 348.35. Erik Larsen earned the team another top finish as with a score of 314.90, he followed closely behind Zoe and finished second.
Swimming pool competition began with back-to-back event wins for the University of Minnesota. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Jimmy Rafter, Nick Hatanaka, Sandy Whitaker, and Ryan Miksch combined for a time of 1:33.21 and win the event. Logan Redondo followed up by winning his first 1000 freestyle of the season. He completed the race with a time of 9:28.72.
North Dakota won their first event of the meet in the 200 freestyle, however with a time of 1:42.30 Danny Brebrick finished in second place and earned himself a new season top time.
The Gopher rebounded quickly in the next event when they dominated the 100 backstroke race; earning the top-four finishes was Johnathon Thielen (52.41), Jack Tribble (53.05), Noah Busch (53.26), and Jimmy Rafter (53.39).
Minnesota kept the winning streak alive by claiming first in the next three events before the break. Nick Hatanka won the 100 breastroke race with a time of 56.97. Drew Johnson collected his first event win of the season in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:52.98, while Paul Fair finished off the first half of the meet by winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.31.
Back in the diving well Dylan Zoe shut down the competition as he won his second event of the day and sweeping all other opponents by earning a score of 324.90 in the one-meter. North Dakota’s Rick Eberle claimed second place (301.55) but Minnesota’s own Erik Larsen (293.55) and Nick Rodriguez (290.70) placed third and fourth.
The remainder of the day consisted of the Gopher men walking away with five of the last seven events. Thielen won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.80 and later won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.51. Logan Redondo won his second long distance race of the meet. In the 500 freestyle he swam a winning time of 4:33.28.
Minnesota finished off the dual by winning with Gopher relays. A team made up of Ian Gordan, Drew Johnson, Ryan Miksch, and Paul Fair closed out the meet victory with a 1:24.43 win in the 200 freestyle relay race.
Minnesota heads home back to the University Aquatic Center next weekend to compete in the three-day Minnesota Grand Prix. Starting on Thursday Nov. 14, the all-day national event runs its course through Saturday Nov. 16.
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