June 30, 2012
Minnesota junior Kyler Van Swol and former swimmer Michael Richards earned spots in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, respectively, Saturday morning at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Van Swol advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly after clocking a time of 52.77 in the preliminaries, which placed him eighth overall, while Richards earned a spot in the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle by finishing 15th overall with a time of 22.66.
The semifinals of both events will be broadcast live on NBC tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Three additional Gophers joined Richards in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle, including junior Derek Toomey, who finished in a three-way tie for 36th overall with a time of 23.01. Former swimmer Colin Lee-To finished tied for 106th on the day after posting a time of 23.55, and recent graduate Zach Bolin finished in 24.39 to place 166th overall.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 1,500-meter freestyle, while the evening will include finals for the 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle.
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
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.