The Golden Gopher women's swim team concluded their season this afternoon at the University Aquatic Center. Today, individuals made a last effort to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Other schools Competing included Truman State, North Dakota, South Dakota, and St. Cloud State.
In the preliminary competition, the Gophers began the day with the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Katy Coombe, Sarah Perrott, Sara Vine, and Jennifer Hasling earned a B-cut time of 1:32.34.
In the 50 free, Hasling captured a first place finish and B-cut time of 23.40. Following close behind, Perrott clocked a B-cut time of 23.41 finishing in second place.
The Gophers also participated in the 400 medley relay. The team of Megan Moore, Melissa Schold, Sarah Bohlsen, and Coombe earned a time of 3:45.42.
Sophomore Mary Patrek captured a time of 1:06.02 in the 100 breaststroke. She also competed in the 200 breast clocking a time of 2:21.46. None of the Gopher swimmers chose to participate in the finals.
The NCAA Diving Zones are next for the Gophers and are scheduled for March 12-14 in Bloomington, Indiana. Here, the Gopher divers will compete with hopes of representing the University of Minnesota at the National Championships.
Next up for the Gopher swimmers, are the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A & M in College Station. Assistant coach Terry Nieszner seemed optimistic about nationals saying that "three individuals will go and hopefully divers [as well]." Katy Coombe, Melissa Schold, and Juleen Rodakowski will respresent the Gophers March 20-22. Nieszner also provided that the team is "looking for a good performance and [to] move up from where we were last year."