Gophers Open Up Season with Split of Florida State
Oct. 7, 2017


Final Results (PDF)

The season opener came down to one-one hundredth of a second for the No. 17 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team who edged their way past No. 23 Florida State, 153.5-146.5. The No. 21 Golden Gopher men’s swim and diving team fell short of an upset over No. 20. Florida State falling 179-121.

"Our results were what they were today," head coach Kelly Kremer said. "I really like what I see from this team and there will certainly be better days ahead for this group as they continue with the learning process."

Women | #17 Minnesota 153.5 , #23 Florida State 146.5

Minnesota was hanging by a thread holding a 2.5 point lead heading into the final event of the 200 free relay. The crew of Zoe Avetruz, Mackenzie Padington, Danielle Nack and Kaia Grobe posted a first place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:31.57 adding 11 points to secure the victory for Minnesota. 

"I thought we had outstanding meets today from Mackenzie Padington, Zoe Avestruz, Chantal Nack, Danielle Nack and Lindsey Kozelsky," Kremer said. "The end of the women's meet was what we all want from sports. Exciting and down to the wire."

Minnesota started strong from the start with three top-five finished in the 1000 free tallying 12 early points for the Gophers. Senior Brooke Zeiger claimed the top spot with a time of 10:14.59.

Minnesota continued to hold strong down the stretch as a pair of freshman making their Minnesota debut posted top-five finishes in the 200 free. Padington captured the first place finish (1:46.85) while Kasey Milstroh added a point for the Gophers with a fifth place finish (1:57.04). Chantal Nack added four points to the Gophers team total with a second place finish in a time of 1:49.34.

Mariam Khamis led the way for the Gophers in the diving category. Khamis placed fourth in 3-meter diving (297.15) and third in the 1-meter (270.38). Morgan Justice added a pair of points with a fifth place finish in the 3-meter (272.48) and 1-meter (240.68).

Tied at 103.5 Minnesota turned the tides in their direction with a sweep of the top three spots in the 200 breast. Padington posted another first place finish with a time of 4:46.77, while Zeiger came in second (4:59.93) and Abbey Erwin placed third (5:03.64) in her Golden Gopher debut.

The Gophers never looked back from the 13 point swing hanging on for their first dual win of the season.

Men | #20 Florida State 179, #21 Minnesota 121

Despite trailing from the start, Minnesota saw strong showings from senior captain Conner McHugh and junior Nick Plachinski. McHugh captured two of the four Gophers first place finishes on the day competing in the 100 breast (55.92) and 200 breast (1:59.86). Plachinski nabbed the other two first place finishes for the Gophers completing the 1000 free in 9:28.06 and 500 free in 4:34.62.

Freshman Tim Sates earned the Maroon and Gold five individual points in his debut, swimming the 200 free in 1:39.37 for a third place finish and the 100 free in 46.01 for fifth.

On the diving side of things, Nick Yang in the 3-meter had the highest finish for the Gophers with 359.25 points placing him third. On the 1-meter board, the Gophers were led by freshman Maxim Royzen who’s first place finish of 377.13 points now ranks him with the sixth highest score in program history.

Up Next

Minnesota returns to the pool on Friday, Oct. 27 as they travel to Iowa City, Iowa to talk on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten dual meet.

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