Gophers Participate in Michigan's Water Carnival

Go Gophers! Becca Weiland won the 50 fly with a flip turn at the Water Carnival.
Go Gophers!
Becca Weiland won the 50 fly with a flip turn at the Water Carnival.
Go Gophers!

Oct. 6, 2012

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The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team took part in Michigan's first-ever Water Carnival Saturday at Canham Natatorium.

The meet featured the men's and women's teams from Minnesota and Michigan as well as the men's team from Oakland, participating in 13 events (listed below) including swimming, diving and water polo. Other activities at the Natatorium included appearances by the U-M Dance Team, U-M Band and the Friars a-capella group.

Events:

4x75-yard Medley Relay
Dive 50-yard underwater freestyle with fins
3x550-yard Freestyle Relay
300-yard Breaststroke with fly kick
50-yard Butterfly with flip turn
200-yard Freestyle with fins
250-yard Medley Relay (25-yard Butterfly, 50-yard Butterfly/Backstroke, 75-yard Butterfly/Backstroke/Breaststroke, 100-yard Individual Medley)
Diving Break
200-yard Backstroke from a dive
200/150/100/50 Freestyle Relay
50-yard Breaststroke with flip turn
200-yard Individual Medley swum in any order
Stroke technique with Peter Vanderkaay
50-yard Freestyle with fins
Diving Break
16x25-yard Freestyle Relay

The meet was scored like a collegiate tri-meet but there was no team scoring.

The Gophers owned many of the relays, earning first place in the 250 medley, 300 medley, 400 free and 500 free relay.

Freshman Kierra Smith won the 300 breast with fins and fly kick while fellow freshman Lauren Votava won the 200 free with fins.

Tess Behrens, Rebecca Weiland, Lauren Greenberg and Tori Simenec were also individual event winners.  

The Gophers will host Iowa State next at the University Aquatic Center Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 5:00pm.