March 6, 2013
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team has qualified 14 women for the NCAA Championships March 21-23. The Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI will play co-hosts to the Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The Gopher’s roster is made up of three seniors, two juniors, six sophomores and three freshman, and will be finalized after the NCAA Zone Diving Meet on March 14-17.
“It’s great, we’re very happy,” head women’s coach Terry Neiszner said about the roster announcement. “We have a great group representing Minnesota.”
Minnesota’s total of 14 swimmers is three more than last year’s roster of 11. Georgia is the only other team that will send more competitors to the Championships with a total of 17 swimmers.
Among the Gopher’s roster is 2011 NCAA Champion in the 200 breast and seven-time All-American Haley Spencer, along with five-time All-American Tess Behrens. Minnesota’s underclassmen will represent the majority of the Gopher’s NCAA roster with a standout line-up. Kiera Janzen, Jessica Plant and Tori Simenec are among the few, along with rookies Samantha Harding, Kierra Smith and Lauren Votava making their first NCAA appearances.
“We went back to work the Monday after Big Ten’s because we know now that we have a lot of people looking at us,” Neiszner said. “A lot of people are thinking we won’t be able to repeat the performances we had at the Big Ten meet because they performed so well. We have every intention of repeating and improving on the performances we did at Big Ten’s. We’re back to work right away.”
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