March 22, 2013
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gophers appeared in the 200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 breast, 3-meter diving and the 800 free relay finals Friday night, notching a total of 11 All-American honors.
"Tonight was a really good night for us," head coach Kelly Kremer said. "We had some opportunities to do some bid things and I thought that everybody that performed tonight did a great job. The finish with the 800 free relay, with all four of those ladies earning First Team All-America honors, was a great way to end day two."
Maggie Keefer earned the top finish on the night for the Gophers in 3-meter diving. Her score of 331.40 placed her in sixth to give the junior her second All-American accolade of the Championships. Purdue’s Casey Matthews notched a 374.15 for the victory.
"Maggie continues to be consistent," Kremer stated. "She had a great prelim which gave her a chance to be in the final and she just did a great job for us. to be in two finals, we can't ask for anymore from her. She is excited about tomorrow's platform. She scored in all three last year and has a chance to do it again this year."
In the final event of the night, Minnesota placed eighth in the 800 free relay and posted four more All-American accolades. The team of Jessica Plant, Tori Simenec, Lauren Weis and Kiera Janzen touched the wall at 7:02.77 for the honor. Georgia’s relay won the event with a time of 6:54.43.
"The members of the 800 free relay were just so tough," Kremer said. "Kiera Janzen has been down the last day and a half, and to come back tonight and anchor that relay for us was a great way to end the day."
The Gophers sit in 10th place with 99 points heading into the final day of the Championships. Georgia leads the Championships with 300 points followed by California in second (285), Tennessee in third (263.5), Arizona in fourth (246) and Texas A&M in fifth (216).
Minnesota’s 200 medley relay team of Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Rebecca Weiland and Erin Caflisch finished in 11th place in the B final on the night with a time of 1:37.80 to earn the Gophers four All-American honors. Tennessee’s relay won the event, finishing in 1:34.95.
In the 100 fly B final, Rebecca Weiland earned a 12th place finish, touching the wall at 52.30 to notch her fourth All-American honor of the championships. Olivia Scott out of Auburn claimed the title with a time of 51.64.
"For Becca, that is the first time that she scored individually at NCAAs, so that was a big moment for her," Kremer said. "She did a great job tonight and went a little faster in the evening."
Senior captain Haley Spencer competed in her final 100 breast as a Gopher Friday night. Her time of 59.35 earned her an 11th place finish as well as her third All-American honor of the Championships. Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson who currently holds the NCAA record (57.43) won the event with a time of 57.63.
"Haley has been here before, but she didn't actually score in the 100 breaststroke last year," Kremer said. "For her to be able to come back this year and put points on the board to help us was really a good way for her to go into tomorrow and get ready for her best event, the 200 breast."
Competition of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships continues Saturday with preliminaries at 10 am at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. The order of events are as followed: 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, platform diving and the 1,650 free.
2013 Minnesota All-America Honors
Maggie Keefer - 1-meter diving, 3-meter diving
Rebecca Weiland - 200 free relay*, 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay*, 100 fly*
Erin Caflisch - 200 free relay*, 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay*
Blake Zeiger - 200 free relay*
Lauren Votava - 200 free relay*
Kiera Janzen - 500 free*, 800 free relay
Tess Behrens - 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay*
Haley Spencer - 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay*, 100 breast*
Jessica Plant – 800 free relay,
Tori Simenec - 800 free relay
Lauren Weis – 800 free relay
*All-America Honorable Mention
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.