Oct. 11, 2013
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team opened up the Big Ten Conference season with a 174.5-125.5 win over the University of Michigan held at the University Aquatics Center. With the win the Gophers remain undefeated in the year as they rise to 2-0 and 1-0 in Big Ten Conference competition. Michigan women now add their first loss of the season as they hold a record of 1-1 in the season and also in Big Ten Conference meets.
“Getting into Big Ten Conference duals is ultimately practice for what we want to do at the end of the season. All of these meets are great competition and will be great competition when we see them again at the end of the year, it really prepares us for what is to come,” said Head Coach Kelly Kremer.
Minnesota won 10 out of the 16 events for the meet. The first victory for the Gopher women was awarded to Kiera Janzen who with a time of 9:52.42 had a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle. Janzen went on to also receive first-place honors in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:48.02 and as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team with Lauren Votava, Erin Caflisch, and Jessica Plant who combined for a time of 3:23.17.
Freshman Madeline Hoch competed strong in her debut Big Ten dual meet as she won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.79. With the win Hoch also shaved seconds off her previous dual time to earn herself a new career top time in the event. Last weekend against Arizona State she swam a 1:51.04.
Another stand out competitor of the night was Lauren Votava who had three first-place victories. With a time of 23.00 she won the 50 freestyle and also took home the 100 freestyle when she swam a 49.54.
Minnesota divers were on point during the meet as they won both the one-meter and three-meter competitions. Senior Maggie Keefer who was just awarded Big Ten Weekly honors after the Arizona State dual meet placed first in the one-meter event with a score of 305.10. Minnesota diver Jessica Ramberg placed one spot behind here for second place as she earned a score of 276.60.
In the three-meter dive Minnesota swept the leaders board when they scored all three top finishes. Sarah McCrady earned first with a score of 336.15 while Maggie Keefer (335.18) and Jessica Ramberg (295.27) followed.
The defending Big Ten Champions held an active atmosphere for the entirety of the night that lasted until the last event was claimed for Minnesota. With more conference competition in the weeks to come, the Golden Gopher women will look to keep their flawless season.
Coach Kremer said, “I like the energy of the team so far in the season. I like the fact that they are together and supporting each other. In terms of performance I do think that we have a lot to improve on but so does every team so early on in the season.”
Minnesota travels to Wisconsin on Oct. 18-19.
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