The University of Minnesota women's swim team competed against California, Saturday afternoon during its Hawaii Training trip at the Kona Aquatic Center. Minnesota fell just short of the Bears, falling 105-99. The Golden Gophers won six of 11 events contested.
Minnesota opened the dual meet with win in the 200 medley relay. Jenny Hasling, Jennifer Chang, Erika Bjorklund and Stacy Busack combined for a relay time of 1:44.44. Minnesota continued its winning ways when 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Yuen Kobayashi won the 1,000 free event in a time of 9:54.81. Christine Jennings followed with a time of 10:02.76 for second-place overall. Kait Strickland placed fourth in a time of 10:37.26.
Busack led the Gophers in the 50 free event with a time of 23.75, while Hasling followed with a fifth-place finish in 24.16 and Krista Kezbers in sixth with a time of 24.16. Jenny Shaughnessy placed third overall in the 200 individual medley in 2:04.72, while Deidre DeWall followed in sixth with a time of 2:04.81. Danielle Ridder led the Gophers in the 100 butterfly when she placed fourth in 58.06. Chang touched the wall in 58.15 for fifth place.
Meredith McCarthy won the 100 free with a time of 51.17, while Shaughnessy chipped in a time of 52.03 for fourth place. Roxane Akradi helped the Gophers earn points in the 100 back when she placed third in a time of 56.78. DeWall followed in fifth with a time of 58.31. Similiar to the 1,000 free, two Gophers took the top two spots in the 500 free. Jennings led the way with a winning time of 4:51.83, while Kobayashi was right behind her in second with a time of 4:52.31. Erin O'Neil placed fourth in the same event in 5:02.22.
Bjorklund led the Gophers when she won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:05.82. Kim Kazika added a time of 1:08.67, good enough for fourth, while Corina Hopkins-Vacca placed fifth in 1:09.00. Minnesota closed the meet just as it started with a relay win. The 200 free relay of McCarthy, Erin Holtmeyer, Busack and Akradi added a winning time of 1:35.35.
The Gophers return to action on Jan. 19-20 when they travel to Madison, Wis., to compete in the Quad Duals. Competing in the event will be Minnesota, host Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue.