June 27, 2012
Former Minnesota swimmer David Plummer narrowly missed a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team after posting an impressive third-place showing in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Plummer, who was a 14-time All-American at Minnesota from 2005-08, missed a spot on the Olympic team by just .12 seconds as he clocked a career-best time of 52.98. The second-place finisher, Nick Thoman, concluded the event in 52.86.
Had Plummer earned a spot on the team, he would have been the first Minnesota swimmer to represent the United States since 1964.
Plummer advanced to the finals Tuesday night by placing second in the semifinals with a time of 53.24, just 0.14 seconds behind the first-place finisher. He also finished eighth overall in the preliminaries with a time of 54.38 to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Four additional Gophers competed in the 200-meter butterfly preliminaries Wednesday, with junior Kyler Van Swol leading the way with a time of 2:00.48, which was good for 20th place overall.
Former swimmer Alex Wold finished 44th overall with a time of 2:02.07, while Brandon Hatanaka and Luke Bushman placing 85th and 91st overall, respectively. Hatanaka posted a time of 2:03.77 and Bushman finished in 2:04.05.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 100-meter freestyle and the 200-meter breaststroke. The evening will include semifinals of both events and finals for the 200-meter butterfly.
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.