Oct. 20, 2012
The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 179-119 victory at Kansas Saturday afternoon as the Jayhawks celebrated Senior Day. The Golden Gophers claimed titles in 12 of the 16 events competed at Robinson Natatorium.
Freshman Kierra Smith collected two first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.08) and the 200 breaststroke (2:14.54), and also swam the second leg of the top-finishing 200 medley relay team (1:44.73). Her 2:14.54 in the 200 breaststroke was a meet record.
Senior Annalise Colton also picked up two first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (56.50) and the 200 butterfly (2:03.41).
Kiera Janzen won the 200 freestyle (1:50.31), Lauren Votava registered a first-place finish and a meet record in the 50 freestyle (23.48), while Rebecca Weiland claimed the title in the 100 freestyle (52.05). Lauren Weis won the 500 freestyle (5:00.07) and Blake Zeiger defeated the field in the 200 individual medley (2:06.92).
On the boards, it was a 1-2-3 finish for the Gophers in both 1 meter and 3 meter diving. Sarah McCrady, Maggie Keefer (306.92) and Katie Grunawalt (298.12) finished in order in 3 meter, with McCrady posting a meet-record score of 322.92 to take home first-place honors, while it was Keefer who placed first in 1 meter with a score of 287.33. She was followed by McCrady (278.85) and Grunawalt (269.10) in second and third place, respectively.
The Gophers return home Oct. 26 to take on Border Battle rival Wisconsin for Senior Day. The Big Ten dual is set to get underway at 5:00 p.m. from the University Aquatic Center.
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