Oct. 26, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team defeated Wisconsin, 183-112, Friday night at the University Aquatic Center. The Gophers won 14 out of the 16 events against the Badgers while celebrating Senior Night.
“It went really well,” head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer said about the meet. “I think what I’m most pleased with is the team effort from start to finish on both sides. Both teams, our women’s team and our men’s team really from start to finish kept the energy high and really swam very well all the way through the meet. It was good to see a complete meet, it was really good.”
The Gophers kicked off the border battle with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The team of Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Rebecca Weiland and Erin Caflisch posted the best time for the Gophers this season in the event with a time of 1:41.13.
Including the 200 medley relay, the Maroon and Gold posted its fastest times of the year in 12 of its 16 events competed.
Behrens claimed a second title in the 100 back with a time of 55:03, while Spencer earned first place honors in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.38.
Kiera Janzen beat out all competition in the 1,000 free, as she claimed first place with a career-best time of 9:51.88. The sophomore also won the 500 free in 4:50.42, the best time for the Gophers this season.
Jessica Plant came away with a victory in the 200 free, touching the wall at 1:48.59 to set a new meet record. Weiland also tied a new meet record while winning her second event of the night, the 100 fly in 54.67.
The underclassmen had an immense impact in the victory over the Badgers as Kierra Smith won the 200 breast, clinching a new career top time of 2:13.20, ranking her sixth in the all time Minnesota record chart. Fellow freshman Lauren Votava won the 100 free with a new career top time of 50.76, while sophomore Tori Simenec won the 200 fly in 2:02.29.
On the boards, Maggie Keefer won 1 meter diving with a score of 295.20, as well as 3 meter diving with a 313.05 mark. Both of Keefer’s scores were NCAA Zone qualifying marks.
Senior captain Elizabeth Weitz won the 400 IM in 4:25.56, while the Gophers finished off the night with a victory in the 400 free relay. The team of Votava, Plant, Caflisch and Simenec won with a time of 3:22.47.
The Gophers host Big Ten foe Iowa next Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.