Oct. 4, 2013
The University of Minnesota swimming and diving teams begin their 2013-14 season, home at the Aquatics Center when they host the Arizona State University Sun Devils. The meet is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
"We have a really good schedule this year and we are really lucky that Arizona State from the PAC 12 is coming in right away. It is going to be fun for us to compete because we do not see them in dual-meet action very often so it will be new," said head men's and women's swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer.
The Golden Gophers saw action against the Sun Devils last year at the NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 28-30, 2013. The men's team ended up tying Arizona State in total team points in the competition with 53. While the women's team outscored the Sun Devils 141-31.
This marks the first dual meet against the two schools since 2008 where both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams outscored the Sun Devils 170-129 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Previous to that the Gophers traveled to Temple Ariz. back in 2006 where they competed against both the Arizona State Sun Devils and Northern Arizona University.
Minnesota enters the meet with strong leadership coming from the senior classes. Men's team captain Derek Toomey was a three-time All-American honor winning at last year NCAA Championships while senior Kyler Van Swol was just named to the 2013 USA National Team. Women's senior Erin Caflisch was a four-time All-American honor winner at the NCAA Championships while also Kiera Janzen will be representing the Gophers on the 2013 National Team as well.
Both team's also have a lot of incoming freshman this season as the men's team added 14 swimmers including Jakub Maly from Austria and Daryl Turner from Colorado. For the women's team there are seven new faces on the roster including Lexi Tenenbaum as a diver, and Allison Schumacher for the butterfly and freestyle.
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