Gophers Set for NCAA Championships
March 26, 2014
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team have sent eight swimmers and one diver to compete at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which is set to take place March 27-29 in Austin, Texas at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
At last year's NCAA Championships, Derek Toomey placed third in the 50 freestyle. The senior was the Big Ten Champion in the event this year, tying the B1G and Minnesota record with past teammate, Michael Richards (19.05). Toomey will also be racing the 100 freestyle and currently holds the record at Minnesota in that event. With his final collegiate meet, the senior captain is looking forward to giving it his all in Austin.
Kyler Van Swol also claimed a Minnesota record at B1Gs this year. The senior finished the 100 butterfly in a 46.16. As a member of the USA National Swim Team, this decorated senior will be one to watch at the NCAA Championships.
Distance freestyle swimmer, CJ Smith will appear at his third NCAA Championship meet as a junior for Minnesota. CJ will be competing in the 1650 freestyle, his favorite event.
B1G Freshman of the Year, Jakub Maly, rounds out the individual swimming qualifiers from Minnesota. The Freshman will be looking towards finals in the 400 IM, he also placed in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships.
Matt Barnard joined the Minnesota diving team this semester and qualified at NCAA Zone D Championships on platform, the freshman's favorite event.
In addition, Daryl Turner, Paul Fair, Ian Gordon, and Nick Hatanaka - all of which are freshman for the Gophers - will assist in the five relays at the Championships. With rookies representing the largest portion of Minnesota's NCAA Championship team, Head men's coach, Dennis Dale is excited for them to gain this experience and become great leaders for the Gophers in upcoming seasons.