The season opener came down to one-one hundredth of a second for the No. 17 Minnesota women's swimming and diving team who edged their way past No. 23 Florida State, 153.5-146.5. The No. 21 Golden Gopher men's swim and diving team fell short of an upset over No. 20. Florida State falling 179-121.
Looking to pick up right where they left off, the Gophers will strive to continue their success in the water throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
2016-17 Sophomore Season: Earned CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention honors • All-Big Ten Team • part of the Big Ten Champion 200-medley relay (1:35.55) • earned second place in the 100-yard back with a 55.85 against Iowa • earned three first-place finishes against North Dakota in the 100-yard free (51.30), 50-yard back (25.66), and 100-yard back (56.49) • earned first place with a 51.15 in the 100-yard free at the Minnesota Invitational • placed first in the 50-yard back with a 25.45 at the Minnesota Invitational • finished second in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.27 at the Minnesota Invitational • earned first place in the 100-yard free with a 49.24 at the AT&T Winter Nationals • earned ninth place in the 50-yard free with a 22.17 at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • earned third place with a 48.33 in the 100-yard free at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • placed fourth in the 100-yard back with a 52.49 at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • earned 42nd place and a 22.53 in the 50-yard free at the 2017 NCAA Championships • finished in 20th place with a 48.49 in the 100-yard free at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
2015-16 Freshman Season: First-year letterwinner • Competed in four relays for Minnesota at the 2016 NCAA Championships • At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Avestruz earned six top-12 finishes including: 2nd in the 200 medley relay, 4th in the 400 medley relay, 5th in the 200 free relay, 10th in the 50 free, 11th in the 100 back, 12th in the 100 free • Recorded 14 1st-place finishes in dual meets • Advanced to finals in the 50-meter free, 100 back and 100 free at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Minneapolis • Avestruz swept her events in the Gophers’ win at Iowa • Made her collegiate debut in Minnesota’s win at Florida State with wins in the 100 back and 200 medley relay, and 2nd in the 100 free.
High School: 2015 graduate of Chanhassen High School • PSEO student • Dean’s List • High school coaches included Kristen Nicholson and Jen Marshall • Swimming letter winner • All Conference 2011-2014 • All State 2011-2014 • National Select Camp 2014 • NCSA All-American Team 2015 – competed in Dublin, Ireland • 2015 Minnesota High School State Female of the Year • 2015 USA Swimming Minnesota State Female Athlete of the Year • Member of the Aquajets Swim Team • Notes winning individual titles at the NCSAs in Orlando, FL and also competing for Team USA in Dublin, Ireland as her greatest sports thrills.
Personal: Born August 26, 1997 • Daughter of Tressa and Alex Avestruz • Has four siblings: Anthony, Antonio, Zaria and Xander • Enjoys reading (Lord of the Rings series), baking cupcakes and watching TV shows • Taught herself to play the guitar, piano and bass – currently teaching herself to play the violin • Plans to major in chemistry or biology with a minor in psychology.
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