Feb. 7, 2014
Day one of the 2014 Minnesota Challenge wrapped up tonight at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The meet provides the ability to fine-tune things before the B1G Championships and NCAA Championships. Coach Kremer also stated that the Minnesota Challenge is a great platform for those that will not be attending the Championship meets to see how they have improved throughout the season.
Session one of the Minnesota Challenge featured primarily Gophers from the men’s swim team. Jenna Howenstein was the only Gopher to represent the women’s team in tonight’s events.
Tonight’s events included the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and the 400 medley relay.
Eric Sande finished a solid ten seconds faster than his other competitors in three heats of the 500-yard freestyle. The freshman finished with a time of 4:27.99.
Heat 4 of 4 in the men’s 200 IM featured five Gophers in eight lanes including a first place finish by DJ Friesch who out-touched Kyler Van Swol. The two had times of 1:50.51 and 1:50.57 respectively.
The first few heats of the men’s 50-yard freestyle were utilized to for sprint times in backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. In the last head of the 50 free, Toomey swam a 19.61 for first. He was followed by Danny Brebrick, and Daryl Turner. Minnesota went 1-2-3 in the event.
The Gophers swam an eclectic 400 medley relay, in which Derek Toomey swam the breaststroke leg of the race.
The Minnesota Challenge continues tomorrow with morning and evening sessions.
Saturday, February 8 Schedule
9:00am | Platform diving, men’s three-meter diving, women’s one-meter diving
12:00pm | 200 Medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 10 minute break, 800 free relay
3:00pm | Men’s one-meter diving, women’s three-meter diving
4:00pm | 1650 Freestyle
6:00pm | 200 Back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 10 minute break, 400 free
Gophers Earn Bronze in Medley Relay
Minnesota broke a 2008 program record in the 400 medley relay for its first medal of the Big Ten Championships.
B1G Thursday Prelims
Several Gophers qualified for the Big Ten Championships' Day 2 finals session in Columbus.
Gophers Open B1G by Qualifying Relays for NCAAs
Minnesota posted one "A" cut and one "B" cut in the first two events of the conference championship meet.