Preview: Gophers Return Home Versus Denver
Jan. 11, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota swimming and diving return to the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center Saturday in a non-conference match up against Denver set to begin at noon. Saturday’s meet marks the final non-conference meet of the year for the Gophers before championship season.

GOPHERS IN THE POLLS
In the latest TYR/CSCAA Top 25 polls, the women rank as the No. 16 team in the nation following a 4-1 dual meet record to start the year. The men jump into the top 25 at No. 22 following a first place finish at the Minnesota Invite. As for the CollegeSwimming.com rankings, the women come in at No. 12 in the nation while the men rank 26th.

B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Sophomore Sarah Bacon earned her first career Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Week award on Jan. 10. Bacon captured the weekly award following a first place finish in the 1-meter springboard (327.90) and fourth place finish on the 3-meter (324.10) at the Tennessee Diving Invite.  Bacon edged out Arkansas’s Brooke Schultz by 2.2 points, following a strong score of 52.80 on dive 4033B in the final round.

FOUR OF A KIND
Four Gophers have yet to drop a race in their respective events this year. Senior Conner McHugh remains perfect in the 100-yard breast and 200-yard breast going a combined 10-0 in races this season. Junior Bowen Becker extended his winning streak to four in the 50-yard free with a first place finish in Hawai’i.  Senior Danielle Nack is a perfect in the 100-yard fly with a season-best time of 51.79 which ranks ninth nationally and is the best swim in the Big Ten this season. Sophomore Tevyn Waddell continues to dominate the 100-yard back with four first place finishes and holds a season-best time of 52.39.

ORDER OF EVENTS
200 Medley Relay 
1650 Free
200 Free
100 Back
100 Breast
200 Fly
50 Free
1 M diving
100 Free
200 Back
200 Breast
500 Free
100 Fly
3 M diving
400 IM
400 Free Relay

LAST TIME OUT
Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams picked up non-conference victories over Hawai’i and Drury as they Gophers closed out their annual training trip. The women came away winning seven of the fourteen events, while the men saw five individuals connect on eight first place finishes.

Gopher diving make a quick return to the boards following competing at the Tennessee Invite where they added a first place finish in Sarah Bacon (1-meter) and second place finish for Kristen Hayden (platform). 

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Denver returns to the lanes after being away from competition for three weeks. The Pioneers last competed in the FUN Invite (FAU, Old Dominion and Wittenberg, with North Texas on the women’s side) where they captured 17 first place finishes in the 32 event invite. The women hold a 5-1 record in dual meets this season, while the men are 2-0. Individually, Denver has a combined seven swimmers who hold a top-15 time in their respective events.

UP NEXT
The Maroon and Gold close out the regular season with a Big Ten triple dual meet as they host Northwestern and Purdue on Jan. 26-27. The meet is schedule to begin at 6 p.m. CT on Jan 26 and noon CT on Jan. 27.


 

 

 

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