Defending NCAA champion Kelci Bryant won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events to help the No. 13 Minnesota women’s swimming & diving team to a day-one lead in all three head-to-head battles at the Quad Duals in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday.
The Gophers’ closest battle is with host Purdue with Minnesota leading by a score of 118-87 after 10 events. Minnesota leads Wisconsin by a 132-83 count, while the Gophers own a dominating 170-35 advantage over Illinois.
Bryant compiled a season-high score of 397.35 points in the 3-meter diving event. She scored 340.15 in capturing the 1-meter event.
Two other returning All-Americans won events for the Gophers on Friday. Ashley Steenvoorden cruised to the title in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 9:43.74, over nine seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Jillian Tyler won her marquee event, the 100 breaststroke, in an NCAA “B” time of 1:00.35.
Molly Belk added the fifth individual win, taking first in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:01.53.
The Gophers’ closed the evening with a victory in the 800 free relay. The foursome of Hannah Whitehead, Lauren Weis, Marissa Davies and Steenvoorden clocked a time of 7:18.14, another NCAA “B” qualifier.
The Minnesota 200 medley relay of Whitehead, Tyler, Kaylee Jamison and Meagan Radecke posted a second-place finish but improved on their season-best and NCAA “B” time finishing in 1:40.98.
In the closest race of the night, Lauren Weis finished a close second in the 200 free. Weis touched in 1:49.28, just three hundreds of a second off of the winning time of 1:49.25 turned by Purdue’s Lauren Roth.
Haley Spencer contributed a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:02.58. She also placed fourth in the 100 breast in 1:02.22.
Adding third-place finishes for the Gophers were Whitehead in the 100 backstroke (56.13), Annalise Colton in the 200 fly (2:05.38) and Jamison in the 50 free (23.51).
The event concludes on Saturday afternoon