Nov. 9, 2012
The Minnesota women's swimming team defended its home turf and was well-represented Friday on the opening day of the Minnesota Grand Prix as the Gophers had 12 appearances in the Championship finals.
Minnesota earned a first place victory on the night in the 400 free relay. The team of Jessica Plant, Tori Simenec, Becca Weiland and Erin Caflisch beat out Minnesota’s B relay team for the title, finishing with a time of 3:19.99.
Jessica Plant placed fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.90. Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin won the event by nearly four seconds, touching the wall at 1:42.28.
Also in the top eight of the 200 free were Minnesota alum Ashley Steenvoorden in fifth place (1:48.20), Kiera Janzen following in sixth (1:48.67), and Lauren Weis finishing in eighth (1:49.98).
The Gophers had a strong showing in the 100 breast and they finished 3-4-5. Kierra Smith came in third with a time of 1:00.43, followed by Haley Spencer at 1:02.78 and Lauren Greenberg in fifth (1:03.06). Emma Jackson won the B final with a time of 1:05.05.
In the 100 fly, Becca Weiland touched the wall at 54.33 to finish in third, followed by a 54.69 finish by Tori Simenec for fourth place. Annalise Colton notched the eighth place spot with a time of 56.32.
Minnesota had seven other women swimming in the finals in the 100 fly, lead by Blake Zeiger winning the B final at 53.99.
Elizabeth Weitz was the top finisher for the Gophers in the 400 IM, coming in seventh place with a time of 4:26.92. Hailey Szews and Samantha Harding swam in the B final, finishing 12th and 13th.
The Minnesota Grand Prix continues Saturday morning at the University Aquatic Center, with preliminaries set to begin at 9 a.m. and finals schedule to get underway at 6 p.m.
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.