March 1, 2014
It's the final blog for the Gophers as they finished up competition in the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. It has been quite a week in Ann Arbor, Michigan as the Minnesota team went up against an extremely strong and fast conference.
Highlights for the Golden Gophers during these Championships have included:
- Derek Toomey taking gold in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.05 in prelims that makes him the co-holder of the record.
- Kyler Van Swol's 100-fly time of 42.42 established a new Minnesota record for the senior.
- Freshman Jakub Maly placing 8th in the 200 IM and 5th in the 400 IM at his first Big Ten Championships.
- The Gophers have had a top-four finish every year since 1989, and the streak continues with the 2014 Championships!
- And so much more...
Tonight's final heats included the following:
Derek Toomey took home the silver with his 42.68 in the 100-yard freestyle. The senior's prelim time of 42.42 replaced Toomey's older record time at Minnesota.
Freshman Daryl Turner finished with a time of 43.65 for 10th place, 2nd in his heat. The well-rounded and fast freshman will certainly be an asset to Minnesota in upcoming seasons.
Freshman Jakub Maly finished in 10th place with a 200 breaststroke time of 1:56.64. The time was a personal best and a `B' NCAA qualifying time.
In the `C' final, Nick Hatanaka swam a 1:58.98 for 21st place.
In the consolation final Brandon Hatanaka finished with a 1:46.56 for 13th, as well as a `B' NCAA qualifying time.
Ben Bravence represented Minnesota in the `C' final of the 200-yard butterfly. He took 17th with a time of 1:47.65.
400 Free Relay
The relay team of Derek Toomey, Daryl Turner, Paul Fair, and Kyler Van Swol took fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. With a final time of 2:52.32, Minnesota ends on a high-note with an `A' NCAA qualifying time.
The Golden Gophers finished in fourth place with 378 points at the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Last night's relay disqualification was certainly a setback, but Minnesota rallied with fast swims in individual events, establishing a lot of new personal records to finish 4th in the Big Ten Conference.
1. Michigan 899
2. Indiana 564
3. Ohio State 515
4. Minnesota 378
5. Penn State 349.5
6. Purdue 329.5
7. Wisconsin 299.5
8. Iowa 188
9. Northwestern 158
10. Michigan State 107.5
NCAA Championships Preview
The Gophers aren't done yet! The men's team will head to Austin, Texas for the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from March 27 to March 29. More information to follow.
Make sure to follow @Gophers_Swim on Twitter for live updates
Tonight's events will air tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. CT on BTN!
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