|Minnesota (10-0, 6-0 B1G) at 2013 NCAA Championships
||March 21-23, 2013
||Preliminaries - 10:00 a.m. / Finals - 6:00 p.m.
||Indianapolis, Ind. / IU Natatorium
All-Session Tickets: $65-$83.10
||ESPN3 - Friday and Saturday Championship Finals aired live
|Live Video Stream
||Facebook | @GophersWSwim
March 19, 2013
Coming off its second-straight Big Ten Championship title, the University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team will have 16 swimmers and divers competing this week at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships which takes place March 21-23 at the IUPUI Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis. The meet is hosted by IUPUI and the Indiana Sports Commission.
Gophers Qualify 16 for NCAA Championships
The Gophers will have 14 swimmers and two divers competing at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, the second-most of any program in the nation. Georgia is the only other team that will send more competitors to the Championships with a total of 17 swimmers and two divers.
NCAA Championships on National Television
ESPN3 will stream live the championship finals sessions Friday and Saturday. Coverage of the finals sessions Friday and Saturday will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, March 21. Preliminaries will be streamed live on CBSSports.com ULive.
The Big Ten Well Represented in the National Poll
Minnesota is ranked the No. 12 team in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches' Association of America poll. The final CSCAA poll of the 2012-2013 season for Division I Women predicts the outcome of the NCAA Championships. Southern California holds the No. 1 spot followed by California, Auburn, Stanford and Florida in the top five. At No. 12, the Gophers top the list of six Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25 followed by No. 13 Indiana, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 21 Michigan and No. 24 Penn State.
Minnesota National Champions
The Golden Gophers have had six student-athletes claim NCAA Championships over the years, including three at the 2011 Championships.
Haley Spencer - 200 breast - 2011
Jillian Tyler - 100 breast - 2011
Kelci Bryant - 1-meter diving - 2011
Kelci Bryant - 3-meter diving - 2010
Gretchen Hegener - 100 breast - 1997
Chris Curry - 3-meter diving - 1981 (AIAW)
Haley Spencer Looks to Finish her Career on a High
Minnesota senior and seven-time All-American Haley Spencer is the 2011 NCAA champion in the 200-yard breaststroke and finished runner-up in the event in 2012. Spencer will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, along with the 400 medley relay, at this year's NCAA Championships. Spencer has enjoyed another top-notch season to cap off her career, capturing titles in the 200 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke, and as a member of the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams, at the Big Ten Championships. The senior set new Minnesota school records in both the 100 breast and 200 breast during the event and earned a spot on the 2013 All-Big Ten First Team.
Gopher Swimmers with Three-Straight NCAA All-America Honors in Individual Events
Haley Spencer - 200 breast - 2010, 2011, 2012
Ashley Steenvoorden - 1,650 free - 2009, 10, 11, 12
Jillian Tyler - 100 breast - 2008, 09, 10, 11
Gretchen Hegener - 100 breast - 1996, 97, 98
Olga Splichalova - 500 free - 1996, 97, 98
Tanya Schuh - 100 fly - 1995, 96, 97
Tami Grewenow - 100 breast - 1988, 89, 90
Diving for Gold
Maggie Keefer will be making her third-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships this year. At the 2012 NCAAs the junior earned a top finish of fifth-place on the 1 meter board with a score of 332.40. Keefer looks to continue her success at the big stage after making a splash at the Big Ten Championships this year, clinching first-place titles in 1 and 3 meter diving while getting tagged the Diver of the Championships. Also diving for the Maroon and Gold is Sarah McCrady, who will be making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships. The junior notched a new school record at this year's Big Ten Championships with a score of 332.00 to earn a fourth-place finish in platform diving.
Five Gophers, including three freshmen, will be making their debut at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Among the freshman trio are Samantha Harding, Kierra Smith and Lauren Votava who have all had a large impact on Minnesota's success this season. Smith earned a NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships, placing second with a time of 2:08.56. Minnesota's sophomore class who made their debut at the 2012 NCAA Championships will return this year with an extra year of experience. Kiera Janzen, Jessica Plant, Tori Simenec and Rebecca Weiland are among the squad. Plant and Simenec were on last year's 800 free relay that placed fifth at NCAA's.
Three Gophers Cap Minnesota Careers at NCAA Championships
Minnesota's NCAA roster includes three seniors who will end their Gopher careers at the NCAA Championships - Loren Brandon, Haley Spencer and Lauren Weis. The 2012 senior class has a combined 11 All-America honors among them.
In the Top Eight
Four Gophers enter the NCAA Championships with top-eight seeds in their respective events. Sophomore Kiera Janzen is the No. 5 seed entering the 500 freestyle with her time of 4:35.70, while Rebecca Weiland is the No. 4 seed entering the 100 butterfly with her time of 51.61. Haley Spencer ranks in the top-eight in both the 200 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke, coming in as the No. 3 seed in the 200 breast and the No. 7 seed in the 100 breast.
2013 Big Ten Champions
Minnesota led from start to finish at the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis to defend the conference team title. The Gophers finished with 831.5 points while Indiana was second with 671.5 points. Penn State placed third with 498.5 points and Ohio State took fourth with 384 points. Purdue was fifth with 363 points and Michigan was sixth (309). Minnesota won its fifth Big Ten team title, joining crowns in 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2012. The Gophers' 831.5 points were the most since Michigan scored 939 in 1996.
Big Ten Coaches of the Year
Gopher head coach Kelly Kremer was named the Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season, while Wenbo Chen was honored as the Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
All-Big Ten Teams
Maggie Keefer garnered Big Ten Diver of the Championship honors for the second-straight year after claiming titles in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving and placing sixth in platform diving. She was Minnesota's top scorer of the Championships, accounting for 53 of the team's points.
Eight Gophers earned spots on the All-Big Ten First Team, including Tess Behrens, Erin Caflisch, Maggie Keefer, Tori Simenec, Haley Spencer, Lauren Votava, Becca Weiland and Blake Zeiger, while six additional Gophers garnered All-Big Ten Second Team honors, including Sam Harding, Kiera Janzen, Jessica Plant, Kierra Smith, Devin Ste. Marie and Lauren Weis.