Minnesota Opens Season With Big Ten Win at Michigan

Go Gophers! Tess Behrens won the 100 and 200 backstroke Friday at Michigan.
Go Gophers!
Tess Behrens won the 100 and 200 backstroke Friday at Michigan.
Go Gophers!

Oct. 5, 2012

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The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2012-13 season with a Big Ten victory on the road vs. Michigan, 196-99, Friday night at Canham Natatorium.

"I think the dual at Michigan went very well. It was the start to the year that we wanted," head coach Kelly Kremer said. "I think we came out and really did a good job of getting the close touches. We did the things we wanted to do and established ourselves as the team we want to be throughout the year."

Minnesota opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:42.40. Senior captain Haley Spencer, juniors Tess Behrens and Erin Caflisch and sophomore Rebecca Weiland made up the quartet.

Behrens also won both the 100 back, with a time of 55.58, and the 200 back with a time of 2:02.06.

Freshman Kierra Smith had a strong meet, earning her first Big Ten victory in the 200 breast with a time of 2:13.87. Smith also finished second in the 100 breast behind Gopher teammate Spencer, who won the event in 1:03.05.

"The freshmen did really well tonight," Kremer said. "Lauren Votava was just outstanding, Haley Pietila had a really nice meet and Kierra Smith obviously had a very nice meet. They just put together some really great performances."

Votava swam in the winning 400 free relay along with Plant, Caflisch and Tori Simenec.

Sophomore Kiera Janzen earned two titles on the night in the 1000 free with a time of 9:56.96 as well as the 500 free, touching the wall at 4:53.37.

The Gophers earned the one, two, three and four spots in the 200 free, led by sophomore Jessica Plant with a time of 1:48.67. Simenec, Lauren Weis and Janzen followed.

Minnesota also claimed the top four spots in 3 meter diving, led by junior Sarah McCrady, who won the event with a score of 314.55. McCrady also claimed the title in 1 meter diving with a score of 319.43.

Other victories of the night included Weiland in the 100 fly, Devin Ste. Marie in the 200 fly and Simenec in the 200 IM.

The Gophers will swim in Michigan's Winter Carnival tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. "It will be a way to make swimming a little more entertaining and fan friendly, and I think the athletes are going to have a lot of fun," Kremer said. "What we're doing to prepare for it is really keeping an open mind. We're going to play tomorrow."