March 20, 2014
The Golden Gophers were up 25 points in the seeded times heading into tonight's finals, more than any other team. The Minnesota women were also one of four teams that were able to score in every event in tonight's finals.
To kick-off finals the Aquatic Center had an impressive light show, including all student-athletes having glow sticks. Goldy the Gopher also dove off the 10-Meter Platform bringing the crowd to their feet.
200 Free Relay
The relay team of Becca Weiland, Blake Zeiger, Erin Caflisch, and Tess Behrens went into finals with a 200 free relay time of 1:28.63, just two-tenths off the school record. Seeded 12th, the Gophers finished in 12th place with a time of 1:29.17.
Kiera Janzen finished in 7th place with a time of 4:37.61.
Sam Harding competed in the consolation finals, placing 12th with a time of 4:39.52 in the 500 free.
Tori Simenec swam a 1:57.86 for 15th place in the 200 IM. Prior to today's event Simenec was the 31st seed in the 200 IM, moving to 15th was quite an impressive move for the junior.
Junior Becca Weiland placed 13th in the 50 freestyle finishing with a time of 22.34. As current record holder in the event for Minnesota, Becca broke her own record during the 50 prelim race with a new personal best 22.13.
Senior captain, and 4-time NCAA Championship diver Maggie Keefer and advanced to the 1-meter finals. With a score of 328.20, Maggie took fourth place on the one-meter against strong competition.
400 Medley Relay
Standings (After day one)
Minnesota is currently in 9th place with 51.5 points after day one of the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Georgia is in first with a comfortable 53-point lead over the rest of the field.
Prelims - 11 am CT | Minneapolis, Minn.
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay - All but last two heats of time finals
Finals - 7 pm CT | Minneapolis, Minn.
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay - Last two heats of time finals
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Saturday B1G Prelims
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