|Minnesota at 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships
|Date||March 28-30, 2013|
|Time||Preliminaries - 10:00 a.m. / Finals - 6:00 p.m.|
|Location||Indianapolis, Ind. / IU Natatorium|
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March 27, 2013
Eight Gophers Qualify for 2013 NCAA Championships
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team qualified six swimmers and two divers to compete at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which is set to take place March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Swimmers Jared Anderson, Max Cartwright, Josh Hall, Logan Redondo, CJ Smith and Derek Toomey, and divers Mikey Ross and Jordan Lesser, will represent the Gophers at the event co-hosted by the Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI.
Toomey will be making his third-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships as a six-time All-American, and qualified to compete in both the 50 free and 100 free this season with his times of 19.11 and 42.60, respectively.
Smith will also be making a return appearance to the NCAAs. The sophomore qualified for the event this season with his time of 14:54.21 in the 1650 free, after earning All-America honorable mention honors in the same event a season ago.
Redondo qualified for his first NCAA Championships in the 1650 free with his time of 14:58.88, while Anderson, Cartwright and Hall will each get their first taste of NCAA action in the 100 breast. Cartwright qualified with his time of 53.17, Hall posted a time of 53.19 and Anderson notched a qualifying time of 53.24.
Both Ross and Lesser made the NCAA roster following their performances at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. Ross makes his second appearance for the Gophers after earning All-America honorable mention honors in platform last season, while Lesser will be competing for his first time as a Gopher.
Minnesota also posted qualifying marks in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 800 free relay.
IU Natatorium Set to Host NCAA Championships
The IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus is set to host the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships March 28-30.
The Natatorium opened in 1982 and has since been recognized as one of the fastest pools in the world. It has been host to numerous national swimming events including the three U.S. Opens, five Olympic Trials, ten Men's and Women's NCAA Championships and 11 Spring and Summer Nationals.
The main competition pool is 50-meters with eight racing lanes and two moveable bulkheads to allow for long or short course events. Capacity seats 4,700, with an addition of 1,500 on deck, making it the largest indoor pool in the United States. The main pool, made up of approximately one million gallons of water, also contains six underwater windows for television and coaching analysis. Currently there have been 101 American Records and 15 World Records set in the pool to date.
The diving well of the IU Natatorium is made up of four 1-meter and four 3-meter boards along with 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 meter platforms. With a depth of over 17 feet and holding more than 450,000 gallons of water, it is truly one of a kind and ahead of its time when constructed in 1982.
NCAA Championships on National Television
ESPN3 will stream live the championship finals sessions Friday and Saturday. Coverage of the finals sessions Friday and Saturday will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 10. Preliminaries will be streamed live on CBSSports.com ULive.
The Big Ten Well Represented in the National Poll
Minnesota is ranked the No. 14 team in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches' Association of America poll. The final CSCAA poll of the 2012-2013 season for Division I Men predicts the outcome of the NCAA Championships. Texas holds the No. 1 spot followed by California, Michigan, USC and Florida in the top five. At No. 14, the Gophers are the fourth Big Ten team after No. 3 Michigan, No. 8 Indiana and No. 13 Ohio State in the top rankings.
NCAA Championships History
California is the back-to-back defending NCAA team champions, having won its first Championship in 2011 since the 1980 season and then once again in 2012. The Big Ten's Michigan and Ohio State share the lead with 11 national championships each, while Texas has 10, most recently in 2010.
Following is a listing of team champions:
Michigan (11) 1937, 38, 39, 40, 41, 48, 57, 58, 59, 61, 95
Ohio State (11) 1943, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 54, 55, 56, 62
Texas (10) 1981, 88, 89, 90, 91, 96, 00,01, 02, 10
Southern California (9) 1960, 63, 64, 65, 66, 74, 75, 76, 77
Auburn (8) 1997, 99, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09
Stanford (8) 1967, 85, 86, 87, 92, 93, 94, 98
Indiana (6) 1968, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73
California (4) 1979, 80, 11, 12
Yale (4) 1942, 44, 51, 53
Florida (2) 1983, 84
Arizona (1) 2008
Tennessee (1) 1978
UCLA (1) 1982
Last Year at NCAAs
In the 2012 season Minnesota sent eight men to the NCAA Championships, coming home with a 24th place finish and 15 All-American accolades. Out of those eight men, three remain on the Gopher's roster heading into NCAAs.
Three Gophers Cap Minnesota Careers at NCAA Championships
Minnesota's NCAA roster includes three seniors who will end their Gopher careers at the NCAA Championships - Jared Anderson, Josh Hall and Mikey Ross. Anderson and Hall will be competing in the 100 breast while making their NCAA debut, while Ross will compete in his second NCAA's, earning All-American honors in 2012.
Three for Three
Junior Captain Derek Toomey will be making his third-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. Toomey is a six-time All-American and has qualified to compete in both the 50 free and 100 free this season with his times of 19.11 and 42.60, respectively.
Underclassmen Making Their Mark
The Gophers have qualified four underclassmen for the NCAA Championships including sophomores Max Cartwright, CJ Smith and Jordan Lesser, along with freshman Logan Redondo. Smith will be the only out of the four making a return appearance to the NCAAs. The sophomore qualified in the 1650 free with his time of 14:54.21, an event in which he earned All-American honorable mention at last year's Championships. Cartwright will swim in the 100 breast at his NCAA debut, Lesser will compete for the Gophers on the diving side, while Redondo qualified for his first NCAA Championships in the 1650 free with his time of 14:58.88.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.