Nov. 1, 2013
Victory was the theme of the day for the University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team as it nearly swept the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in a conference dual meet held in Iowa City, Iowa. The final score of 194-101 seized the Gophers their fourth win of the season and secured their undefeated record. They now stand at 4-0 in the year and 3-0 in the Big Ten.
The wins for the day began right in the first event as the 200 medley relay team made up of Tess Behrens, Kierra Smith, Rebecca Weiland, and Erin Caflisch set the pace for the meet with a 1:42.74 victory. The initial win for Minnesota was followed by a series of wins as the Gophers claimed 15 out of the 16 events in the competition.
Breanne Siwicki raced a personal best performance as she received a time of 10:08.69 to declare her the first-place finisher in the 1000 freestyle. Her previous career top-time was 10:08.89 that she swam in the Arizona State dual. Siwicki also earned herself two more first-place finishes in both the 500 freestyle (4:59.85) and in the 400 individual medley (4:22.67).
The trend continued when Kiera Janzen (1:48.51) took home the 200 freestyle. Jessica Plant was close behind Janzen however as she finished second in the event with a time of 1:49.53. Tess Behrens finished the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.98 that solidified her the win. The win for Behrens reinforced her already marked territory in the pool as she is the current pool record holder for the event; she earned the record back in Feb. 17, 2012 with a time of 52.35.
The 100 breaststroke proved to be a close competition between the top-two finishers. Despite the Hawkeyes clinching the first-place spot, Minnesota’s Kierra Smith placed second with a time of 1:03.94, just a half second behind Iowa.
Minnesota shook off the Iowa win by following in the 200 butterfly and claiming all three top positions. Junior Tori Simenec (2:01.71) won the event and was followed by teammates Devin Ste Marie (2:02.96) and Christi Clarke (2:05.61).
Lauren Votava received a NCAA provisional “B” qualifying time in the 100 freestyle when she raced a 49.96.
Swimming victories were completed for the meet when in the last women’s event the relay team of Votava, Caflisch, Weiland, and Janzen combined for a time of 3:22.53 to win the 400 freestyle relay and secure the Minnesota win.
Senior Maggie Keefer swept the competition in the diving well. Winning both dive events in the meet, Keefer now has gone two weekends in a row where she won both the three-meter and one-meter dives in the same dual. Against the Hawkeyes Keefer finished with a score of 318.52 in the one-meter and a score of 333.91 in the three-meter. Her one-meter dive score gives her a new 2012-13 season top score.
Minnesota continues their stretch on the road next Saturday Nov. 9 against the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks N.D. scheduled to begin at noon.
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.