Derek Toomey Takes The Gold
Feb. 27, 2014
Competition continued in Ann Arbor, Michigan tonight as day two of four of the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships wrapped up. The Golden Gophers were in sixth place after night one, but moved their way up to fifth after tonight’s events with 141 points. 2013 B1G and NCAA Champion, Michigan, is in first with 308 points. Head coach Kelly Kremer described the Big Ten Championships as, “a chance to measure up against not only the best in the conference, but the best in the nation”. The meet has certainly been an exciting one so far, and is definitely something to watch as the Gophers continue to compete the next two days.
Junior CJ Smith took 11th in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 4:19.98. Smith is most excited for the 1,650-yard freestyle that he will compete in on Saturday at the Big Ten Championships. CJ ranks third all-time at Minnesota in the mile swim with a 14:52.73.
In the same heat, sophomore Logan Redondo added a point to Minnesota’s tally finishing 16th in the 500 free. Although his prelim time was faster, Redondo swam a nice 4:23.45.
From Vienna, Austria, freshman Jakub Maly competed in the championship final of the 200-yard individual medley. Maly came in 8th place, with a time of 1:46.98.
New Minnesota and B1G co-record holder, Derek Toomey took home the gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle. Finishing with a time of 19.14, he had the field by over two-tenths of a second. Earlier at prelims the senior swam a 19.05 that tied him with former teammate Michael Richards for the fastest Minnesota and B1G 50 free time.
1 Meter Diving
Manny Pollard finished in 6th place on the one-meter board with a score of 343.95. The sophomore took 4th at the 2013 Big Ten’s and will certainly be one to watch in upcoming seasons.
400 Medley Relay
After tonight’s events, Minnesota is in 5th place with 141 points.
Preliminary races of the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, and 100 Back begin tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT. Three-meter diving will be contested at 12:00 p.m. CT, with finals (including the 200 Free Relay) beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. Make sure to follow @Gophers_Swim on Twitter for live tweets during the Championships!