Jan. 12, 2014
Score W, 164-95
Recap The training from this year's trip to Hawaii seemed to work well for the Gophers as they took on the University of Hawaii Saturday in Honolulu. The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team stay undefeated with this non-conference win improving to a 6-0 record, with a 3-0 record in the Big Ten.
The women's team beat Hawaii in a near sweep, winning 13-14 events (diving was not contested).
The day's competition started out strong for Minnesota with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, nabbing first (1:44.35), third, and fourth place times.
The Gopher women then took over the 1000-yard freestyle with Kiera Janzen claiming first with a time of 9:59.43 followed by Breanne Siwicki (10:11.44) in second place, and Samantha Harding (10:12.03) taking third.
With Kiera Janzen securing distance freestyle wins, Lauren Votava won both shorter distance swims with a 1:48.64 in the 200-yard free and a 50.40 in the 100-yard freestyle. Erin Caflisch placing first in the 50-yard free with a 24.12 followed by Abi Raatz solidified Minnesota's strength over Hawaii in freestyle.
Senior Tess Behrens won both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke with times of 57.03 and 2:05.03. Kierra Smith did the same, winning both breaststroke events with a 1:05.03 in the 100-yard and a 2:17.28 in the 200-yard event.
The Gophers were only surpassed by Hawaii in the 200 freestyle relay at the end of the meet.
Next Meet The women's swim and dive take on North Carolina State next on both January 24th at 6:00pm and January 25th at 10:00am at the University Aquatic Center. Note that Friday January 24th is the annual "Pack the Pool" event, make sure to join us for a fun home meet featuring free admission, Goldy, face-painting and a free t-shirt to the first 100 fans!
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