Nov. 9, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team kept their undefeated record intact as they outscored the University of North Dakota by a score of 179-114. The Gophers dominated the single-team dual by claiming victory in 14 out of 16 total events. The non-conference win brought the Gophers up to 5-0 for their overall season record (3-0 Big Ten). North Dakota falls to 4-2.
The day's competition began in the diving well as the Golden Gophers swept the first event---the one-meter. Maggie Keefer took home first-place with a score of 300.40. Followed behind her for second and third place was Sarah McCrady (276.30) and Katy Etterman (247.70).
Minnesota started out the swimming portion of the North Dakota dual by claiming first-place in the first four events. Beginning with the Gopher relays, a team consisting of Katelyn Holmquist, Heidi Busack, Chloe Portela, and Abigail Raatz combined in the 200 medley relay to finish with a time of 1:46.64 which earned them the first swimming win of the day for the Gophers.
Freshman Breanne Siwicki, who last week (Nov. 5) was honored with the title of Big Ten Freshman of the Week, claimed another 1000 freestyle race of the season. Finishing with a time of 10:11.17, Siwicki is currently undefeated in the event as she has won the race the three times this season that she has competed.
Swimmer Maddie Hoch competed strong for Minnesota as she won the 200 freestyle race. She swam the event in 1:50.20. Closely behind her was a Gopher teammate as Amelia Marsh earned a second-place finish with a time of 1:54.73. The next Minnesota win was completed in the seventh event in the pool as Holmquist picked up her second win of the day in the 100 backstroke. She finished with a time of 57.08
North Dakota won their first event in the 100 breaststoke by claiming both the first and second place spots. However, junior Heidi Busack finished strong coming in at third place with a time of 1:07.78.
Two Gophers picked up their first individual wins of the season before the meet break as Chloe Portela (2:10.08) won the 200 butterfly and Abigail Raatz (24.13) won the 50 freestyle. With Portela's win, she also earned herself a new season top time in the event.
Finishing off the fight in the diving well with the three-meter, the women divers mirrored their prior finishes. Maggie Keefer won the event with a score of 342.85. Following behind her on the leaderboard was once again Sarah McCrady with a score of 321.20, and Katy Etterman with a score of 280.25.
The remainder of the day consisted of the Gopher women walking away with six of the last seven events. Raatz won her third event of the day by placing first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.63. Katie Anton won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.15, which gave her her first individual winning event of the season.
The last wins were from Allison Schumacher in the 100 butterfly (58.72), Maddie Hoch in the 200 individual medley (2:05.94) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Raatz, Schumacher, Monica Radecke, and Siwicki (1:36.13).
Minnesota heads home back to the University Aquatic Center next weekend to compete in the three-day Minnesota Grand Prix. Starting on Thursday Nov. 14, the all-day national event runs its course through Saturday Nov. 16.
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