Oct. 2, 2012
The University of Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team will open its 2012-13 season Friday when it hits the road to compete against defending Big Ten Champion, Michigan, at Canham Natatorium. The meet is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m., and continue Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
“Michigan is the defending Big Ten Champion and finished higher at NCAA’s than any other Big Ten team,” head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer said. “It is really good competition to start off our season. I think it will give us a good indicator of where our team is both mentally and physically and we are excited about that. Michigan is well coached and is a team that will give you its best every time it competes. We are excited about having the opportunity to go up against them.”
Minnesota opens the season with strong returning senior, junior and sophomore classes, as well as a very talented group of incoming freshmen.
“It’s really exciting for the freshmen to participate in their first collegiate dual meet,” Kremer said. “Our entire staff is excited to watch our newcomers compete and enjoy the experience of being a student-athlete in the Big Ten.”
The Gophers travel to Michigan following a 2011-12 season in which they finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships and 24th overall at the NCAA Championships.
“I think it is important for us to get on the road and into an environment where there is a really good team to compete against,” Kremer stated. “When we get to the NCAA Championships, which are on the road as well, that’s our biggest meet of the year. It’s good to practice being on the road all year against good competition, and this is a good way to start.”
The Wolverines kicked off their season at home last weekend against Wisconsin, earning a 172.5-115.5 victory.