March 22, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team resumed competition at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Friday morning with preliminaries of the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back, sending four swimmers into tonight's Finals.
The Championship Finals are set to get underway at 6:00 p.m. from the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Rebecca Weiland and Erin Caflisch advanced to the B Final of the 200 medley relay after finishing 11th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:37.73, while Weiland and Spencer also advanced to tonight's finals individually.
Weiland posted a time of 52.51 in the prelims of the 100 fly to earn a 15 th-place finish to move on to tonight's consolation final, and Spencer placed 10th in the preliminaries of the 100 breast to also advance to the B Final later tonight. Kierra Smith also swam the 100 breast, finishing in 42nd place with a time of 1:01.60.
Along with Weiland, three additional Gophers competed in the 100 fly prelims, with Tori Simenec finishing 33rd with a time of 53.48, Blake Zeiger notching a time of 52.82 for 39th place and Devin Ste. Marie placing 42nd with a time of 53.95.
Minnesota also had three swimmers in the preliminaries of the 200 free, with senior Lauren Weis securing the Gophers' best finish with a time of 1:46.64 for 28th place. Jessica Plant followed closely behind in 29th place with a time of 1:46.72 and Lauren Votava rounded out the trio with a time of 1:49.73 for 52nd place.
Preliminaries and consolation finals of 3-meter diving are taking place this afternoon, while tonight's finals will feature the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving Championship Final and 800 free relay finals.
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.