March 1, 2014
Today’s prelims included the 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, and 200 Fly. Preliminary competition of platform diving is currently being contested in Michigan.
200 Back Prelims
Junior Carl Newenhouse led the Gophers in the 200-yard backstroke finishing with a time of 1:44.42. That prelim swim has Newenhouse headed to the consolation final tonight with two other Gophers. Chris Johnson and Jack Tribble finished with times of 1:45.47 and 1:46.16 respectively.
100 Free Prelims
Derek Toomey powered through the 100-yard freestyle for the first-place seed going into tonight’s championship finals. The time of 42.42 broke Toomey’s old records. His prelim time today now represents the B1G meet record as well as the Minnesota school record.
Freshman Daryl Turner had an impressive 43.49, which seeds him in the 11th spot heading into tonight’s consolation final.
Paul Fair will represent the Gophers in the ‘C’ final after racing for a 44.43 earlier today.
200 Breast Prelims
Jakub Maly will head to the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke after finishing with a time of 1:57.20. The freshman has already taken 8th in the 200 IM and 5th in the 400 IM at the Championships this week.
Powering through with a time of 1:59.31 was Nick Hatanaka, the freshman is headed for the ‘C’ final tonight.
200 Fly Prelims
Kyler Van Swol led Minnesota in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing with a 5th seed time of 1:44.44.The senior will be joined by Nick Orf in the championship final tonight. Orf finished right behind Van Swol with a time of 1:44.75.
Sophomore Brandon Hatanaka finished with a time of 1:47.15 to head to the consolation final.
Ben Bravence will round out the Gophers in the 200 Fly, after a 1:47.65 swim for the top-seed in the ‘C’ final.
Prelim dives from the platform will begin shortly in Canham Natatorium. Consolations of the event will begin shortly after, with the top-eight scorers headed to tonight’s final.
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. This is the race junior distance swimmer CJ Smith is looking forward to the most, he says he likes the challenge and is looking forward to giving it his all.
The 400 Free Relay will wrap things up for the Championships.
Remember to watch the Saturday finals that will air on the Big Ten Network on a tape-delayed basis at 9:30 a.m. CT.
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.