Feb. 2, 2012
The No. 16 Minnesota men's swimming and diving team is set to host the Minnesota Challenge this weekend, with action from the University Aquatic Center beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The event will continue Saturday at 11:00 a.m., before concluding that night at 6:00 p.m.
Admission is $10.00 per session for adults and $5.00 per session for children 12 and under. This meet will not be scored.
The Gopher men are coming off a big victory at the Triple Duals where they took down Wisconsin (243-104) and Purdue (191.5-161.5) and improved to 5-1 on the season.
Friday's events will consist of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay. Look for the Gophers 200 free relay team of Zach Bolin, Derek Toomey, Ben Griggs and Hrvoje Capan to make a stand along with Matt Benecki and CJ Smith in the 500 free.
Saturday's first session will consist of men's 3-meter diving, 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 free relay. Kyler Van Swol will look to take the title in the 100 butterfly, while Sean Nesheim will look to capture the 400 IM.
The second session on Saturday will include men's 1-meter diving, 1650 free, 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 free relay. Michael Ross and Kristoffer Jorgensen will look to take home the victories in the diving events.
The following teams will be participating in this weekend's events.
William Jewel College
St. Cloud State University
Iowa Central University
College of St. Mary (Omaha, NE)
Minnesota State - Mankato
Minnesota - Morris
St. Mary's (Winona)
South Dakota State
University of South Dakota
University of Illinois
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