March 3, 2014
"When I walk into our pool, see my teammates and coaches - I'm home," that's how freshman Jakub Maly describes The University Aquatic Center, home pool of the Golden Gophers.
Maly was named the "Big Ten Freshman of the Year" after his performances at the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The rookie is from Vienna, Austria and has swam not only there and Minnesota, but also in places such as Istanbul for the World Short Course Championships and Barcelona for the 2013 World Championships.
The 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships took place this past weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There Jakub Maly was set to compete in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Breaststroke, and the 800 Freestyle Relay.
The first night of the Championships, Jakub was the anchor leg in the distance relay finishing with a split time of 1:36.90. The 800 Free Relay team finished 6th overall with a time of 6:26.19.
The freshman took home 8th place in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a 1:46.98. Jakub had a personal best time during the prelims with 1:45.25.
In the 400 IM, Jakub powered through for 5th with another career best time of 3:44.84.
200-yard breaststroke resulted in a 10th place finish for the rookie. Jakub kicked his way to a 1:56.64 in the longer breaststroke event.
All of Jakub Maly's races at this year's Big Ten Championships were "B" NCAA qualifying times.
When asked how being awarded "Big Ten Freshman of the Year" felt Jakub Maly compared the feeling to breakfast in bed, "It feels like a great breakfast with blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, and a cup of coffee on a sunny Sunday morning during summer break - after 12 hours of sleep."
Jakub enjoys the balance of having so much fun with the team and being ready to work very hard in practice each day. The enthusiasm of each of Minnesota's coaches is what drives him to become a better swimmer. "The Big Ten Freshman of the Year" honor underlines that Jakub Maly will be someone to watch in upcoming seasons.
Although Maly is headed to the 2014 NCAA Championships to race against the nation's best later this month, the freshman stated that what he's really looking forward to is dinner and a good night's sleep after the four-day Big Ten Championships.
The final competition for the Gophers will be when they travel to Austin, Texas for the 2014 NCAA Championships will be March 27-29.
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