Feb. 1, 2013
After the first night of competition, the No. 16 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team leads No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 25 Purdue and Illinois at the Quad Duals. The Gophers lead the Badgers 111-75, the Boilermakers 134-52, and the Fighting Illini 152-34.
“I think we had a lot of good things happen for sure,” head coach Kelly Kremer said.
Minnesota earned the top 4 spots in the 200 free, lead by sophomore Tori Simenec with a time of 1:48.49. Jessica Plant (1:49.65), Lauren Weis (1:49.67) and Janzen (1:50.11) followed in the 2, 3 and 4 spots. Simenec also claimed the title in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.75.
“On the women’s side, the 1000 and 200 free started us off well,” Kremer said. “Our divers on the women’s side really got us off to a good start as well.”
Another victory on the night was earned by Minnesota senior Haley Spencer in the 100 breast, touching the wall at 1:02.26.
“We saw some really good things early,” Kremer stated. “Then as the meet when on, I feel like a lot of attention to detail and some of the things didn’t go as well in the back side, although we finished with a great women’s 800 free relay, 7:18, that was really good.”
The 800 free relay, made up of Lauren Votava, Plant, Weis and Janzen (7:18.09) finished the night off strong for a Gopher victory.
The meet continues Saturday with diving events beginning at 9am and swimming at 10:45am.
“We saw some good things, we saw some things we have to work on but in that sense it’s kind of a typical meet,” said Kremer. “We’ll have to come out tomorrow and perform better across the board.”
Tomorrow’s schedule is as followed:
200 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.