March 22, 2012
After the first round of preliminaries at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Seattle, Wash., the Gopher's 200-yard freestyle relay team advanced to Thursday's B finals.
The 200 freestyle relay team, made up of Zach Bolin, Hrvoje Capan, Ben Griggs and Derek Toomey, placed in 15th in the preliminary round with a time of 1:18.77. The squad will compete in the B Final tonight at 9:00 p.m. CT.
Toomey also competed in the 50 freestyle preliminaries, finishing in 31st place with a time of 19.87. Griggs came in 57th place, touching the wall in 20.27, while Bolin finished at 20.31 to put him in 61st.
Freshman CJ Smith made his first NCAA Championships appearance in the 500 freestyle prelims, finishing in 36th place with a time of 4:24.05.
Mikey Ross led the Gophers in diving, finishing 23rd in the 1 meter diving preliminaries with a mark of 280.80, while Kristoffer Jorgensen came in 25th with score of 271.85.
Gophers Earn Bronze in Medley Relay
Minnesota broke a 2008 program record in the 400 medley relay for its first medal of the Big Ten Championships.
B1G Thursday Prelims
Several Gophers qualified for the Big Ten Championships' Day 2 finals session in Columbus.
Gophers Open B1G by Qualifying Relays for NCAAs
Minnesota posted one "A" cut and one "B" cut in the first two events of the conference championship meet.