March 17, 2012
Minnesota junior Haley Spencer advanced to Saturday's 200-yard breaststroke Championship Final at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala., after placing fifth in the preliminaries with a time of 2:08.75.
Spencer will defend her 2011 NCAA Championship title in the event, as she claimed first-place honors a year ago with a career-best time of 2:06.12. Should she win the title once again, she would become the first Gopher in program-history to win two NCAA titles in the same event and only the second to win two NCAA titles. Jillian Tyler won the crown in 3 meter diving in 2010 and in 1 meter diving in 2011.
Sophomore Tess Behrens advanced to the consolation final in the 200-yard backstroke after placing 14th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:54.36, while the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jessica Plant, Tori Simenec, Erin Caflisch and Behrens will also compete in the consolation final after placing 10th in the prelims with a time of 3:15.86.
In platform diving, sophomore Maggie Keefer will make an appearance in the B Final after posting a score of 252.90, which was good for 15th place.
Senior Ashley Steenvoorden, freshman Kiera Janzen and junior Loren Brandon will swim in the 1,650-yard freestyle beginning at 4:30 p.m., while additional finals for the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships are set to get underway at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.