Feb. 28, 2014
Day three finals of the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships showed how talented the conference is as the No. 11 Golden Gophers competed. Going into tonight’s finals, Minnesota was in 5th place overall with 141 points.
200 Free Relay
The Gophers 200 Free Relay team was fast, but unfortunately a too-quick start resulted in a disqualification of the group’s efforts.
Freshman Jakub Maly powered through the 400 Individual Medley, finishing with a time of 3:44.85 for 5th place. Maly took 8th in the 200 IM last night and definitely has a bright future as a Golden Gopher.
In the consolation final, Brandon Hatanaka took home 10th, 2nd in the heat, with a time of 3:47.45.
Senior Kyler Van Swol took home the silver in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished with a time of 46.16, establishing a new Minnesota school record in the event. The previous record stood at 46.35. Van Swol will look to carry this success over to the 200 Fly tomorrow.
Freshman Daryl Turner finished with a 48.03 in the 100-yard Backstroke. The Gopher took 12th in the event.
3 Meter Diving
Freshman Matt Barnard represented Minnesota in the Championship final placing 8th with a score of 380.55 points.
Earlier this afternoon, Dylan Zoe and Manny Pollard dove from the three-meter in the consolation final. Manny took 1st in the consolation event, finishing in 9th place overall with 373.75 points. Zoe took 13th with 362.00 points.
Although the unfortunate disqualification was certainly a setback for Minnesota, the team continues to make strides and shows a lot of depth, especially in its freshmen.
Minnesota is currently in 6th place with 208 points.
Current standings after three-meter diving:
- Michigan 599
- Indiana 406
- Ohio State 354
- Penn State 265
- Purdue 219.5
- Minnesota 208
- Wisconsin 207
- Iowa 130
- Northwestern 107
- Michigan State 84.5
The final day of the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin tomorrow in Ann Arbor with prelims at 10:00 a.m. CT. The schedule includes the 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, and Platform Diving. The 1650 Free will kick-off at approximately 3:15 p.m. CT, with the final heat at the start of finals at 5:30 p.m. CT. The 400 Free Relay will wrap things up for the Championships.
Live stats can be found here, and make sure to follow @Gophers_Swim on Twitter for live updates from the Championships.
Remember to watch the Saturday finals will air on the Big Ten Network on a tape-delayed basis at 9:30 a.m. CT.
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