Dec. 7, 2013
The Jean Freeman Invite concluded on Saturday night after two full days of competition in the University Aquatic Center. Among the nine schools in attendance at the meet, the University of Minnesota swimming and diving team proved to be a strong performer as multiple members on both the men’s and women’s side had successful final heats.
The first wins of day two for the Gophers were awarded in the relay department. On the women’s side the team consisting of Tess Behrens, Blake Zeiger, Tori Simenec, and Abigail Raatz earned a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.37. The men’s side followed suite as well in the event as the team made up of Daryl Turner, Nick Hatanaka, Kyler Van Swol, and Derek Toomey won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:29.03.
Alex Cisneros picked up the first individual event of the night by receiving the top spot in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:02.78.
In the 100 freestyle, all three top finishes came from Gophers on the men’s side. Derek Toomey won the event with time of 44.38, while Kyler Van Swol (44.81) and Carl Newenhouse (46.10) followed right after with second and third place.
Freshman Daryl Turner picked up the 100 backstroke by sweeping the top title in both the preliminary and final heat. Ultimately, Turner finished the event with a time of 48.81.
Samantha Harding earned third in the 200 breaststroke by out-swimming her previous time from preliminaries. Ending the race with a time of 2:25.30, earlier in the day she had swam a 2:25.52.
For both men and women, Minnesota completely swept the one-meter diving competition. Manny Pollard (348.35), Nick Rodriguez (278.40), and Erik Larsen (274.50) all took home the three top remarks earned in the well. The women also had the top three divers as Katy Etterman (312.20), Sarah McCrady (294.20), and Lexi Tenenbaum (284.10) finished with first-, second-, and third-place honors.
Minnesota heads across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. The team is set to compete against the University of Hawaii on Jan. 11, 2014.
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
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.