Feb. 21, 2014
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Minnesota took the lead last night after the conclusion of day two here at the 2014 Championships. The Gophers have 47-point lead over the Indiana Hoosiers.
Day three prelim races of the 2014 Women's Swimming and Diving Big Ten Championships began this morning in Minnesota. The preliminary races included the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, and 100 Back.
400 IM Prelims
Freshman Breanne Siwicki swam a 4:12.30 this morning for the fourth place seed going into the finals. She will be joined by teammates Samantha Harding (4:13.56) and Haliey Szews (4:13.65) who placed sixth and seventh respectively.
100 Fly Prelims
Golden Gopher Becca Weiland swam a 52.24 for a third place finish at the prelims. Weiland will be joined in the championship heat with teammates Tori Simenec (52.92) and Devin Ste Marie (53.24).
Blake Zeiger won the swim-off versus a Nebraska swimmer she had tied in the prelim for sixteenth place. Zieger's 100 fly swim-off time of 53.60 was a personal record for the junior.
200 Free Prelims
Minnesota will be sending four swimmers to the championship heat of the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Jessica Plant swam a 1:45.67 for the second place seed tonight. Gophers Kiera Janzen (1:45.94) took fourth, Lauren Votava (1:46.11) sixth, and freshman Maddie Hoch (1:46.76) will round out the final seeded eighth.
100 Breast Prelims
Sophomore Kierra Smith will head into the finals tonight seeded third after her 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:00.69 this morning.
Heidi Busack had a great swim with a time of 1:02.01 and is seeded 12th for consolation final.
100 Back Prelims
Senior Tess Behrens will represent Minnesota in the championship 100-yard backstroke championship finals tonight. Her time this morning (53.52) has her seeded sixth.
In the consolation heat, freshman Katelyn Holmquist will compete. She swam a 54.74 at the prelim this morning for fifteenth place.
Day three finals will begin at the University Aquatic Center tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will include the finals of today's preliminary events along with three-meter diving and the 400-yard medley relay. Make sure to pick up your tickets here.
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.