Feb. 27, 2014
Preliminary rounds of the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off earlier this morning with the 500 Free, 200 IM, and 50 Free.
500 Free Prelims
Junior C.J. Smith led Minnesota in the 500-yard freestyle finishing with a time of 4:20.88. He will be joined in the consolation final tonight by teammate Logan Redondo who swam a 4:21.84. The pair is seeded 11th and 14th respectively.
200 IM Prelims
Freshman Jakub Maly kicked his way to the championship final of the 200-yard Individual Medley. The Gopher finished with a time of 1:45.25 and is currently seeded seventh after his prelim swim.
Kyler Van Swol will swim in the consolation final after swimming a 1:46.51 this morning. He will certainly be one to pay attention to in the 100 and 200 Fly coming up later this week.
50 Free Prelims
Senior captain Derek Toomey powered through the competition swimming a 19.05 during prelims in Michigan. He not only will be seeded first going into the championship final tonight, but tied past teammate's Minnesota record and B1G record. Toomey is certainly one to watch, not only in tonight's final, but also at the NCAA Championships next month.
Paul Fair finished with a NCAA `B' Standard at 20.18 and will be representing the Golden Gophers in the `C' final of the 50 Free tonight.
1 Meter Diving is underway at Canham Natatorium. Under the coaching of Wenbo Chen, divers will compete in the one-meter, three-meter, and platform events in the next few days.
Tonight's finals begin at 5:30 p.m. CT; results can be found here. Make sure to follow @Gophers_Swim on Twitter for live updates during the Championships.
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