Feb. 22, 2014
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200 Back Prelims
Gopher senior Tess Behrens will represent Minnesota in the championship final, after her preliminary race time of 1:56.74.
Three freshmen Gophers Maddie Hoch, Katelyn Holmquist, and Ellen Bloom swam in this morning's prelims. Hoch finished with a time of 1:59.94, Holmquist with 2:00.74. Ellen Bloom was seeded last with a time of 2:10.54 in the first heat of the 200-yard back, but had nearly an eight-second drop for 2:02.84. These rookies will be ones to watch as they develop their backstroke in future seasons.
100 Free Prelims
Ten Golden Gophers raced in the prelims for the Women's 100-yard freestyle.
Junior Becca Weiland finished with a 49.08 to compete tonight in the championship heat along with senior teammate Erin Caflisch who had a 49.33.
200 Breast Prelims
Kierra Smith will head into the championship final of the 200-yard breaststroke seeded first with a time of 2:09.47 this morning. Her best time stands at 2:06.43 with the B1G Record at 2:05.98 from past teammate Haley Spencer. Smith won the 100 Breast last night with a time of 59.80.
200 Fly Prelims
Devin Ste Marie will be seeded fifth in the championship final with a prelim time of 1:57.26.
Teammate Tori Simenec who swam a 1:58.67 will compete in the consolation heat, seeded tenth overall.
Minnesota's Christie Clark and Chloe Portela participated in the 200-yard butterfly prelims finishing with times 2:03.13 and 2:05.34 respectively.
Platform Diving Prelims (1:00 p.m. CT)
The platform diving event is just starting here at the University Aquatic Center. Gopher Divers Katy Etterman, Maggie Keefer, Lexi Tenenbaum, Sarah McCrady, and Jessica Ramberg will be vying for spots tonight during the finals.
Note that the 1650 freestyle will be contested at approximately at 4:15 p.m. Gophers Breanne Siwicki and Hailey Szews will be competing in heat 4 of 5, followed by Samantha Harding and Kiera Janzen in the final heat of the mile.
The final events of the 2014 Women's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships will begin tonight in Minneapolis, Minn. at 6:30 p.m. The night is a can't-miss event for all fans of the Big Ten Conference. Tickets for tonight's session are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/youths/seniors, and can be purchased here.
Heading into tonight, Minnesota holds onto their lead with 526 points. Indiana (397) and Penn State (314) follow.
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