Feb. 21, 2013
Following the preliminaries of day two of the Big Ten Championships, No. 12 Minnesota qualified 12 swimmers for the evening session, including seven to the championship final and five to the consolation final. In the first two events of the day, the Gophers won every heat in which they competed.
In the 500 freestyle, Minnesota will have three women swimming in the championship heat. Kiera Janzen will get the second seed (4:39.99), Samantha Harding the fifth seed (4:42.87) and Lauren Weis the seventh (4:44.32). Loren Brandon will be swimming the event in the consolation heat after finishing ninth.
Tori Simenec will represent the Maroon and Gold in the championship final of the 200 IM after a second-place seeding of 1:57.79. Kierra Smith (1:59.62), Haley Spencer (2:00.40) and Elizabeth Weitz (2:00.59) will compete in the consolation final after coming up in the 10th, 11th and 14th spots.
The Gophers will also send three swimmers to the championship final of the 50 free. Erin Caflisch earned the third-place seed (22.22), and Rebecca Weiland followed closely behind for the fourth seed (22.38) while Blake Zeiger snuck into the eighth spot (22.55). Lauren Votava will compete in the consolation final of the event after finishing 11th.
Diving results will be posted following completion.
Thursday night finals begin at 6:30 pm with the 200 freestyle relay. The 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 1 meter diving will follow.
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The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
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Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.