The No. 9 University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team returns to the University Aquatic Center and its first home action since the Minnesota Grand Prix (Nov. 9-11) Saturday afternoon. The Golden Gophers host Arizona State, Jan. 19 at noon. Minnesota closed out the 2007 calendar year, winning the Ohio State Invitational and a win in Hawaii against Idaho.
In the Gophers' last competition, Minnesota defeated Idaho, 127-56. Meredith McCarthy and Deidre DeWall each won two events for the Gophers in the win. McCarthy, a senior from The Woodlands, Texas, was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for her performance. She won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events with times of 23.82 and 52.09. DeWall won the 200 individual medley (2:05.10) and the 100 back (57.24). Also earning event wins were Yuen Kobayashi (200 free), Megan Braun (100 fly), Courtney Veerman (500 free) and Jillian Tyler (100 breast). The Gophers also won both of the relay events in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.
THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State enters the meet ranked 17th in the nation. The Sun Devils' most recent competition came on Jan. 5 when they competed against Oregon State, Purdue and Washington and came away with three wins in the triple dual. ASU won 209-78 against the Beavers, a 201-86 win over the Boilermakers and a 176-111 win over the Huskies of Washington. The Sun Devils return four All-Americans to the 2007-08 roster in Caitlin Andrew (fly/sprint free/back), Jen Beckberger (sprint free), Lindsey Brown (sprint free) and Sara McDaniel (breast/sprint free). ASU is coached by Michael Chasson, who is in his 10th season as head coach.
ON THE STARTING BLOCKS
Minnesota will travel to Purdue to compete in the Quad Duals, Feb. 1-2. Purdue, No. 19 Wisconsin and Illinois will compete at the event. Minnesota's next home competition will be the Minnesota Challenge, Feb. 8-9 and will be held at noon and then 6 p.m.
Order of Events for the ASU Meet
200 Medley Relay
200 IM (women)
200 Free Relay