The No. 21 Minnesota women's swimming and diving team (3-4) defeated Purdue 182-171 and lost to Wisconsin 220-131 as the Big Ten Triple Duals in Madison, Wis. wrapped up Saturday afternoon. Yuen Kobayashi and Meredith McCarthy posted wins for the Gophers on the second day of competition.
Kobayashi and teammate Christine Jennings finished 1-2 in the 500 freestyle, both clocking NCAA B-cut times. Kobayashi touched first in 4:52.16 while Jennings clocked a time of 4:53.21. Val Tukey also scored for the Gophers, placing fifth in 5:04.55. McCarthy won a close 100 freestyle in 51.44, just ahead of Wisconsin's Jackie Vavrek (51.57). Stacy Busack finished third for Minnesota in 51.67 and Kobayashi was fifth in 52.01.
Jenny Shaughnessy paced Minnesota in the 400 individual medley, taking third in 4:26.41. Danielle Ridder also took seventh in 4:30.75. Wisconsin's Yi Ting Siow won in a time of 4:16.91. In the 200 backstroke, Wisconsin's Susan Johnson was victorious in 1:58.77 while Roxane Akradi led the Gophers in fourth (2:02.04). Castina Wabeke took sixth in 2:05.39. Ridder led the Gophers in the 100 butterfly in fourth with a time of 57.10 and Deidre DeWall took seventh in 57.65.
Siow picked up her second win for the Badgers in the 200 breaststroke as Kim Kazika was the top finisher for Minnesota in 2:23.75. Minnesota finished second in both of the day's relays. In the 200 freestyle relay, Minnesota's team of Busack, Jennifer Hasling, Erin Holtmeyer and Akradi clocked a time of 1:35.78, behind Wisconsin's time of 1:35.78. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Gophers' team of McCarthy, Busack, Akradi and Jennings had a second place time of 3:26.77 while Wisconsin won in 3:25.25.
Purdue finished 1-2-3 in 3-meter diving action but Minnesota managed to take the 4-5 spots. Jacqueline Schroeder placed fourth with a score of 280.90 while Eric Schiffler was fifth with a tally of 262.10.
Minnesota competes in the Minnesota Challenge next weekend at University Aquatic Center as a final tuneup for the Big Ten Championships, held February 8-10 at University Aquatic Center.