Jan. 24, 2014
A competitive night at the University Aquatic Center kept the Pack the Pool fans cheering loud. Both teams had impressive races; day one results for the men are NC State 93, Minnesota 92 and the women stand at Minnesota 100, NC State 83.
Day one of the dual meet included:
200 Free Relay
1 meter diving (women) | 3 meter diving (men)
400 Medley Relay
The 200-yard freestyle relay resulted in a Minnesota women “W” with a winning time of 1:31.91; the relay team consisted of Becca Weiland, Blake Zieger, Erin Caflisch, and Lauren Votava. NC State’s A relay was disqualified, resulting in the Gophers taking first, second, and third.
The men’s 200-yard freestyle relay gave NC State a head start touching out the MN team’s time of 1:19.92.
The Minnesota men’s divers also took first, second, and third in the 3-meter against the Wolfpack. Manny Pollard led the Gophers with a one meter diving score of 378.98.
In the 1000-yard freestyle the Gopher women finished with an impressive 1-2-3. Samantha Harding took first with a time of 10:07.16.
NC State stole the 200-yard free away from the Gophers, taking first and third place. Minnesota’s Ben Bravence took second with a time of 1:37.78.
The Gopher women lost their first event of the night during the 100-yard backstroke. Tess Behrens took third in the event with a time of 55.97.
Four-time B1G ‘Freshman-of-the-Week’, Daryl Turner took first in the 100-yard backstroke, cruising in with a time of 47.69.
Devin Ste Marie took first in the women’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.21, taking the Minnesota event win.
Becca Weiland’s second place finish in the women’s 50-yard freestyle wasn’t enough, resulting in NC taking the event with first, third, and fourth place finishes.
Derek Toomey was touched out for first, giving him a silver in the 50 free with a 20.00.
Friday’s last event was the 400 medley relay. NC State was able to finish with a better time than the Gopher women’s best time of 3:43.25.
Similarly, the Gopher men’s 400 medley relay time of 3:14.05 took second.
Day two of the dual meet includes:
200 Medley Relay
3 Meter Diving (women) | 1 Meter Diving (men)
400 Free Relay
This is the first home meet of 2014 for Minnesota, and they will continue competition tomorrow against North Carolina State at 10am CT.
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