March 23, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team completed its final round of preliminaries at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday morning with prelims of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay, sending five 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.
With a time of 2:07.61, senior Haley Spencer tied for third place in the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke and advanced to the Championship Final of the event for the fourth-straight year. Spencer was the NCAA Champion in the event in 2011, was the runner-up in 2012 and placed fifth as a rookie in 2010.
In the prelims of the 400 free relay, Rebecca Weiland, Erin Caflisch, Tori Simenec and Lauren Votava tied Texas A&M for eighth place with a time of 3:15.48, forcing a swim-off to see which team would advance into tonight's Championship Final. The Gophers posted a program-record time of 3:14.68 in the swimoff, but, it was the Aggies who came out on top in the swim-off in 3:13.85.
Lauren Votava competed in the prelims of the 100 free and posted the best finish for the Gophers, finishing 31st with a time of 49.18. Blake Zeiger and Jessica Plant also swam the event for Minnesota, with Zeiger finishing 57th with a time of 50.09 and Plant posting a time of 50.19 to place 60th.
Preliminaries and consolation finals for platform diving are currently taking place, while finals for the 1650 free set to begin at 3:45 p.m., and finals for the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay will begin at 6:00 p.m.
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.