Oct. 22, 2013
After a two-day sweep over the University of Wisconsin this past weekend Oct.18-19, the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday Oct. 22 that Daryl Turner was named Freshman of the Week. Although this is not Turner’s first Big Ten award, it is the first time in his career for this particular honor. Turner was named Swimmer of the week on Oct. 8 after Minnesota defeated Arizona State in the season opening meet.
The accolade comes to Turner after he helped assist the Golden Gophers secure a 220-150 win over the Badgers. The border battle win was the first conference dual for the men’s team.
During the competition Turner proved to be an asset in the relay department as he earned four first-place finishes in four relay events. He combined as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team to receive a time of 1:21.98 and as a member of the 200-yard medley relay to receive a time of 1:29.94. He also placed first in the 400-yard medley relay (3:19.81) and in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.93).
Along with strong relay team performances, Turner also stood out on an individual scale. He placed second overall in the 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 20.76 and also second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 48.83.
The last Golden Gopher to win Freshman of the Week for the men’s team was back in January 29, 2013 when Greg Norsten was given the award.
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