Eight Gopher Men Make NCAA Championships Field
March 14, 2012
Five-time All-American Zach Bolin tops a list of eight Gophers who earned berths into the upcoming NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships field. Seattle University, in conjunction with the Seattle Sports Commission, will play host the Championships, March 22-24, in Seattle, Wash.
Toomey is a three-time All-American as a member of the Gophers' 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams last season, while Capan earned All-America honors in his rookie year as a member of the 800 freestyle relay team.
Sophomore Kyler Van Swol will be making his second appearance at the NCAAs and will compete in the 200 butterfly, while freshman CJ Smith will make his debut at the event in the 1,650 freestyle. Last season, Van Swol earned All-America honors in both the 400 and 800 freestyle relays.
Minnesota's total of six swimmers headed for the NCAAs is four less than the Gophers had a year ago when they tallied 91 points to claim a 15th-place finish. Defending Champion California had the most swimmers qualify for the NCAAs with 18, followed by Arizona with 17 and Stanford with 16.
Senior Kristoffer Jorgensen and junior Mikey Ross both qualified for the NCAA Championships after putting together strong performances during the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships last weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.
Zach Bolin - 400 free relay
Hrvoje Capan - 400 free relay
Ben Griggs - 400 free relay
Kristoffer Jorgensen - Diving
Mikey Ross - Diving
CJ Smith - 1650 free
Derek Toomey - 400 free relay
Kyler Van Swol - 200 fly