Oct. 19, 2013
After two days of competition and 40 events later, the University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team won its third consecutive meet in the season. Performing at the Natatorium in Madison, Wisc. the Lady Gophers defeated the University of Wisconsin Badgers 218-152. The win also solidifies the second Big Ten Conference victory for Minnesota as they now stand 3-0 in the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
After having a 101-83 advantage over the Badgers after day one of the dual on Friday, the Gophers continued their stride as the 400 medley relay team of Tess Behrens, Kierra Smith, Rebecca Weiland, and Lauren Votava combined for a time of 3:45.31 to win the first event of Saturday's competition.
The winning continued in the next two events as junior Kiera Janzen finished first in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:37.66. This was the first dual of the season that included the event. Samantha Harding who also swam in the 1650 came in third when she reached a time of 16:57.75. Then in the 100 backstroke Tess Behrens (56.37) had a first-place finish and Katelyn Holmquist (56.81) had a third-place finish.
A strong freshman performance arose from Breanne Siwicki as she placed second in the 400 I.M. With just tenths of a second behind Wisconsin's Aja Van Hout (4:22.68) Siwicki finished with a time of 4:22.77.
Rebecca Weiland received a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.58. She then went on to assist Minnesota in the 400 freestyle relay to take home the gophers last win of the swimming events. Along with Votava, Erin Caflisch, and Janzen the team touched first with a time of 3:22.71.
In the diving well Minnesota dominated in both events. With the top two finishes in the three-meter with Maggie Keefer (325.05) in first and Sarah McCrady (322.08) in second, Minnesota also had the top five spots in the one-meter dive. Maggie Keefer swept diving as she also earned first in the one-meter with a score of 298.65.
The women's team now takes a break from competition and will be at it again on November 1 in Iowa City, Iowa to take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in another Big Ten Conference dual meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. CT.
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.