Gophers Announce Captains for 2017-18 Campaign
Oct. 6, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS - The 2017 men's swimming and diving teams have selected their captains for this season.  The squad will be under the leadership of first year captains Alan LeBlang, Conner McHugh, and Jan Hansen.  

“From the time they walked on campus, they have been leaders for us in one way or another,” head coach Kelly Kremer said about McHugh and Hansen. “They have been positive leaders for us in terms of the direction we want our team to go. It is exciting to see them now as seniors and taking on a formal role as captain. I think they will be instrumental in leading and developing future leaders and the team.”

The two seniors will be joined by junior diver, Alan LeBlang. “We have a ton of leadership on the board with Alan, we will have a really powerful diving squad with him,” said Kremer.

Both the men's and women's swim and dive team will take part in a dual meet at Florida State, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 7th.

Men’s Captains

Jan Hansen, Beaver Dam, Wis., Sr.
During his junior season, Hansen recorded three top-10 finishes at the Jean Freeman Invitational in the 100 free (46.37), 200 free (1:41.88), and 500 free (4:41.76).  Hansen was named Academic All-Big Ten as a sophomore and recorded seven top-five finishes during the regular season. At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Hansen finished 31st in the 200 free, 55th in the 100 free and 57th in the 500 free.  At the 2015 Minnesota Challenge, Hansen, a then freshman, recorded three second-place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free, as well as a finishing 4th in the 500 free.

Alan LeBlang, Centennial, Colo., Jr.
During his sophomore season, LeBlang was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and voted the hardest worker and most improved. He earned a first place finish in 1-meter diving with a score of 360.35 against Hawaii and Drury and placed eighth in 2-meter diving with a 389.20 points at the Big Ten Championships.  As a freshman, LeBlang recorded 14 top-five finishes during the regular season. He made his Big Ten Championship debut competing in platform (eighth place), 1-meter (10th place), and 3-meter (15th place). LeBlang made it to the 2016 NCAA Championships for the platform.

“Being a co-captain of the team this year is very important to me. I am doing my best to function as a representative of the team and align the values of my teammates with those of the coaching staff and athletic department faculty.” - Alan LeBlang

Conner McHugh, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Sr.
Conner McHugh holds school records in the 100 breaststroke (52.30), 200 breast (1:53.61), and the 400 medley relay (3:07.03). As a junior, McHugh was an Academic All-Big Ten selection, a CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention selection, and voted team MVP. He swam in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke at the Big Ten Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke. As a sophomore he was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was voted most improved by his teammates. In the Big Ten Championships, McHugh swam in the 100 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 medley relay, and the 200 IM. He advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 medley relay, where McHugh and his relay team were Honorable Mention All-American. During his freshman campaign, McHugh competed in the 100 and 200 breast, 50 free, and the 200 and 400 medley relays at the Big Ten Championships.

“This program has a long tradition of excellence and it is a true honor representing the Maroon and Gold in the pool and as a captain this year. I have so much pride in representing this school and state. I look forward to finishing my last year here strong and leaving a lasting legacy that this team can continue to build upon.” -Conner McHugh

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