Nov. 2, 2012
The No. 12 University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team remained undefeated Friday night at the University Aquatic Center, taking down Big Ten foe Iowa, 192-103. The Gophers won all but two events on the night.
“Both sides, women’s and men’s, we swam great, really a complete meet from start to finish,” head swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer said. “It was a really great meet on both sides and, for the most part, I’m happy about how things turned out.”
The meet kicked off with the 200 medley relay, where Minnesota’s A team made up of Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Becca Weiland and Erin Caflisch beat out all others with a new meet record of 1:41.49.
From the first relay to the last, the home and visiting crowd were cheering loud throughout the entire night.
“The crowd was great,” Kremer said. “The Minnesota/Iowa rivalry extends to every sport, and we’re no different. It makes it convenient for all the people to get to a facility and cheer us on. It was loud and it was a good atmosphere for a college dual meet.”
Tori Simenec posted three victories on the night for the Gophers. The sophomore claimed first-place honors in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.25 and followed it up with a win in 200 IM, touching the wall at 2:03.13, a new meet record.
Behrens earned her second title of the night, winning the 100 back with a time of 55.68, while freshman Haley Pietila claimed the title in the 200 back, posting a time of 2:02.08.
Kierra Smith claimed the title in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.42. The freshman’s time recorded a new meet record, beating out fellow Canadian Jillian Tyler’s time of 1:03.19 from 2007. Haley Spencer also beat out a long-term meet record set in 2003 with a first place time of 2:16.00 in the 200 breast.
Annalise Colton won the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.76, followed closely behind by teammate Devin Ste Marie (2:03.09).
Maggie Keefer and Katie Grunawalt went one and two on the 3 meter board for the Gophers. Keefer won the event with a mark of 290.78, while Grunawalt scored a 279.82. In 1 meter diving, Keefer also placed first with a time of 290.33.
Caflisch claimed her second title on the night in the 100 free with a time of 50.68, touching the wall just before Lauren Votava at 50.71. Weiland also notched a second victory in the 100 fly with a new meet record of 54.68.
Kiera Janzen battled hard to come back on the final length of the 500 free to earn a victory for the Gophers. Janzen touched the wall at 4:47.74, just .03 seconds ahead of Iowa’s Becky Stoughton.
To cap off the night, Minnesota’s 400 free relay team of Votava, Weiland, Caflisch and Simenec notched a first place finish, posting a new meet record of 3:22.40.
The Gophers will swim their next competition at home once again as they host the Minneapolis Grand Prix next weekend, November 9-11, at the University Aquatic Center.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
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Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
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