Feb. 19, 2014
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Session one of the 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championships began tonight at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference meet tonight included the final heats of the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay sandwiching exhibition three-meter synchronized diving.
200 Medley Relay
The Gopher relay team of Tess Behrens, Blake Zeiger, Becca Weiland, and Erin Caflisch took third place with a time of 1:37.14, a NCAA `A' qualifying time. Minnesota was seeded seventh in the event prior to tonight's race.
Exhibition Three Meter Synchronized Diving
Although not scored towards the Big Ten Championships, duo Sarah McCrady and Lexi Tenenbaum took first in their participation of the three-meter synchronized diving. They will compete in the one-meter, three-meter, and platform events in the days to come.
800 Free Relay
Tori Simenec, Lauren Votava, Jessica Plant, and Kiera Janzen time of 7:00.04 in the 800-yard freestyle relay earned a Minnesota gold finish. The relay broke the Minnesota team record, and finished around 3 seconds faster than the second-place Indiana relay.
Head coach Kelly Kremer stated, "The team is having fun, has great energy, and some great swims so far--I'm excited for what's to come."
Current scores have the Golden Gophers in second place (72) behind the Hoosiers (74) after the first two events.
Preliminary rounds of day two of the 2014 Big Ten Championships begin tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT, and finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT. Tomorrow's events include the meet's can't miss event featuring Minnesota's Kiera Janzen in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard freestyle relay. One-meter diving will be contested tomorrow starting at approximately 1:00 p.m. CT.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.