Gophers Sweep Big Ten Weekly Awards

Go Gophers! Melissa Nelson earned the second Big Ten Swimmer of the Week title of her career.
Go Gophers!
Melissa Nelson earned the second Big Ten Swimmer of the Week title of her career.
Go Gophers!

Feb. 7, 2012

The No. 15 Minnesota women's swimming and diving team swept the Big Ten Conference Weekly Awards Tuesday, as Melissa Nelson was named the Swimmer of the Week, Tori Simenec earned Freshman of the Week honors and Maggie Keefer garnered Diver of the Week accolades.

Nelson earned her first Swimmer of the Week honor this season, and second of her career, after recording first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (55.92), 100-yard backstroke (56.42) and 400-yard medley relay (3:49.39) at the Minnesota Challenge last weekend.

The senior also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.88), 100-yard freestyle (51.63), 200-freestyle relay (1:36.70) and 200-yard medley relay (1:46.04).

Simenec garnered her third Freshman of the Week honor after producing a first-place finish and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:01.40 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Keefer continued to rack up the weekly awards, as her Diver of the Week honor was her fourth this season and the fifth of her career. The sophomore posted a victory, a meet record and the highest mark of the season for the Maroon and Gold in 1 meter diving at the Minnesota Challenge with a score of 346.35, before following that up with a score of 340.80 in 3 meter diving. The score was not only a meet record, but was also the top mark in the event this season for Minnesota. Both scores were NCAA Zone qualifying marks.

Minnesota will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, Feb. 15-18 for the 2012 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships.

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