Jan. 15, 2012
The No. 23-ranked Minnesota women's swimming and diving team remained flawless after upsetting No. 10 Missouri, 178-122, Saturday afternoon at the Mizzou Aquatics Center. The Golden Gophers claimed victories in nine of the 16 events raced, which included three titles for junior Haley Spencer.
Spencer placed first with NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.71) and the 200 breaststroke (2:16.03), in which she broke her own meet record, and also won the 200 individual medley (2:03.86). Spencer also posted a NCAA provisional qualifying time as a member of the 200 medley relay team. Spencer, Tess Behrens, Tori Simenec and Erin Caflisch clocked in just .11 seconds behind the team from Missouri with a time of 1:42.87.
Kristen Steenvoorden earned a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:50.83, followed in order by her sister Ashley Steenvoorden and Kiera Janzen.
Behrens claimed the title in the 100 backstroke and set a meet record by clocking in at 55:31, while Simenec followed suit in the 200 butterfly by winning the event and matching the meet record in 2:02.43.
Maggie Keefer's score of 293.63 not only was the highest of the day, but was also a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying mark.
The Gophers finished 1, 2, 3, 4 in the 500 freestyle, led by Hannah Whitehead's winning time of 4:50.59. She was followed by Lauren Weis, Janzen and A. Steenvoorden.
Minnesota closed out the event with a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Jessica Plant, Simenec, Marissa Davies and Caflisch claimed the crown by combining for a time of 3:24.16.
Following its meet with the Tigers, the Gophers finally return home to the University Aquatic Center to host the Big Ten Quad Duals vs. Purdue, Illinois and Wisconsin Jan. 27-28.