Nov. 19, 2013
After a successful national competition at the USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis, one swimmer on the University of Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team was recognized in the Big Ten conference. Senior and Co-Captain Derek Toomey received his first-career Swimmer of the Week honor after his stand-out performance in the Grand Prix.
Toomey, a Madison, Wis. native, earned himself two NCAA provisional qualifying times for two individual events. Racing in the 50-yard freestyle race and finishing with a time of 19.68, Toomey now leads the NCAA in the event with his time.
Stacking up against some of the world’s fastest Olympians and national competitors, Toomey raced in the 100-yard freestyle and took home eighth place in the A final heat. Despite the finish, Toomey competed well against the strong experienced swimmers in the other lanes, which included Conor Dwyer, Adam Brown, and Cesar Cielo. Finishing with a time of 43.63, his 100-yard freestyle time was the second NCAA qualifying provisional time that he earned during the three-day meet and also now gives him the leader position in the NCAA as he now currently holds the fastest time in the event.
Toomey also was recognized in the conference due to his contribution to the winning Minnesota relay teams. He was a member of the 400-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay teams, who both were awarded first-place finishes. The 400-yard freestyle team combined for a time of 2:55.52 and the 400-yard medley team combined for a time of 3:12.22.
The last Minnesota Swimmer of the Week was Daryl Turner on Oct. 8.
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Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
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Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
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