Nov. 3, 2011
The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team will hit the road for the second-straight week Friday to compete against Big-Ten foe Iowa in a dual meet at the Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. The meet is set to begin at 5p.m.
"In general, the challenge is going on the road for the second week in a row and into a pool that will be packed with Hawkeye fans," head men's and women's swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer said. "The challenge is Iowa's balance and great sprinting. They are competitive in every event, and they have swum much better in the relay events than we have to this point in the season. To have a chance against them, we are going to have to pull some upsets along the way."
The Gopher men opened their season and Big Ten action last weekend with a 183-105 victory against rival Wisconsin to move to 1-0 on the season and 1-0 in league competition. The Gophers won 13 of 16 events and posted either NCAA automatic qualifying times or NCAA provisional qualifying times in 12 of those competed during the Big-Ten event, with sophomore Kyler Van Swol leading all Gophers with four victories.
Van Swol opened the meet with a win as part of the 200-medley relay team, posting a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:32.65 with Sandy Whitaker, Josh Hall and Zach Bolin. The sophomore tallied his first of two NCAA automatic qualifying times with a 1:50.03 mark in the 200 butterfly, before touching in a time of 49.06 in the 100 butterfly to record his second NCAA automatic qualifying time of the event.
"You always want to win. It doesn't matter who you are competing against or what conference they are in," Kremer said. "But, the fact that it is Iowa, there is a bit more of a natural rivalry there that makes meets like this a bit more fun. This will come down to which Team performs the best on Friday night."
Iowa has advertised this meet as their "Black Out," encouraging fans to wear black to the meet. They are also partaking in a T-Shirt give away to the first 100 fans and a raffle for tickets to the Iowa vs. Michigan State football game, these events will undoubtedly draw a huge crowd, which will makes it a great Big Ten dual-meet atmosphere
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