Oct. 18, 2013
With day one of dual meet competition in the books, the University of Minnesota swimming and diving teams are off to a very strong start. On the road at border-rival school University of Wisconsin, the Golden Gopher men’s and women’s teams are ahead in team scoring.
The men’s team leads the Badgers 183-103 after a day’s worth of action, while the women’s team is also leading the dual over Wisconsin 101-83.
Minnesota women began the evening strong right out of the gate in the first event when they took home a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Members consisting of Lauren Votava, Becca Weiland, Erin Caflisch, and Blake Zeiger all combined to earn a score of 1:32.22.
Kiera Janzen followed suit in the next event when she won the 500 freestyle. Having received a first-place finish in the event last weekend against the University of Michigan, Janzen continued her momentum to swim a time of 4:54.44. Later in the meet, Janzen also went on to earn first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.09 and lastly in the 800 freestyle relay. A team made up of Madeline Hoch, Lauren Votaca, Tori Simenec, and Janzen combined for a time of 7:22.76 to win the last women’s event of the evening.
Other stand out swimmers of the night consisted of Kierra Smith who placed first in the 200 breaststoke with a time of 2:17.61 and Tori Simenec who individually placed high in the 200 I.M. (2:03.50) and in the 200 butterfly (2:04.32).
Much like the women, the Golden Gopher men also started the winning-spree right at the start in the first event when a combination of Derek Toomey, Daryl Turner, Kyler Van Swol, and Carl Newenhouse together swam a 1:21.98 to earn first in the 200 freestyle relay.
Senior Luke Bushman pulled through a win for Minnesota in the 200 I.M. when he swam a 1:52.02 to seal first place. In the 12th event of the night Nick Orf earned himself a win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:50.75.
The border battle continues tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. CT. The order of events for day two are as follows:
400 Medley Relay
Break 15 min
Break 10 min
400 Free Relay
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.