No. 15 Minnesota Posts Strong Finish at Minnesota Challenge
Feb. 4, 2012
The No. 15 Minnesota women's swimming and diving team continued to post fast times on the final day of the Minnesota Challenge Saturday at the University Aquatic Center, with the Gophers posting four meet records and claiming nine first-place finishes in front of the home crowd.
Maggie Keefer opened the day with a victory, a meet record and the highest mark of the season for the Maroon and Gold in 1 meter diving with a score of 346.35, while Sarah McCrady finished in second place with a score of 285.30. Katy Etterman followed with a third-place finish with a 279.50 mark. All three scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Cory Miller, Lauren Greenberg, Melissa Nelson and Hannah Whitehead placed second with a time of 1:46.04, just ahead of the team of Erin Caflisch, Heidi Busack, Chloe Portela and Becca Weiland who finished in third place in 1:48.19.
Haley Spencer took home the title in the 400 individual medley by clocking in at 4:26.07, Nelson claimed first-place honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.92 and the 100 backstroke in 56.42, and Blake Zeiger led a trio of Gophers to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 freestyle.
Zeiger won the event in 1:50.29, while Caflisch and Christie Clarke finished second and third with times of 1:53.08 and 1:55.08, respectively. Greenberg claimed second-place honors in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.39) to conclude the morning session.
In the first event of the evening session, Keefer, McCrady and Etterman once again posted the top-three scores in their diving event. Keefer won with a score of 340.80, which was not only a meet record, but was the top score in the event this season for Minnesota. McCrady placed second with a 311.35 and Etterman placed third with a 267.55. Keefer and McCrady's scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
It was another 1-2-3 finish for the Gophers to close out the day in the 200 butterfly, led by Kaela Anderson's winning time of 2:05.79. She was followed by Weis and Portela, who clocked in at 2:06.64 and 2:07.58, respectively.
Minnesota will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, Feb. 15-18 for the 2012 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships.