Gophers Begin 2014 NCAA Championships In Home Pool
March 20, 2014
Welcome to Minneapolis
The Golden Gophers are proud to welcome the best swimmers and divers to the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. the next three days, as Minnesota hosts the 2014 D1 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
At yesterday’s NCAA Press Conference, Head Coach Kelly Kremer stated, “To have a chance to bring all these elite athletes to our venue and our hometown is really exciting for us”.
Captains Kiera Janzen and Maggie Keefer also spoke. Janzen stated, “We know this environment and it’s about welcoming everyone into our pool and our community. This is our house”. Diver Keefer, who was last year’s runner-up on the 1-Meter commented, “This is the first place where I began diving and to have this be the place where I end my diving [career] is amazing”.
The Minnesota women’s team placed 10th at last year’s NCAA Championship, the women’s best placing was 9th in 2011, and this year’s team will be giving it their all to achieve best times, new records, and moving up in the ranks.
200 Free Relay
The relay team of Becca Weiland, Blake Zeiger, Erin Caflisch, and Tess Behrens kicked off the NCAA Championships with a 200 free relay time of 1:28.63, just two-tenths off the school record. Minnesota will be seeded 12th going into tonight’s finals. Junior Becca Weiland tied her 50 free record, swimming a 22.17 split.
Two Gopher women competed in the 500-yard freestyle, Sam Harding and Kiera Janzen. Janzen will head to the Championship Finals after finishing with a time of 4:39.48, for the sixth seed. Teammate Samantha Harding will head to the Consolation Finals, seeded 10th, after finishing with a 4:39.17 this morning.
Freshman Breanne Siwicki finished her 200 IM with a time of 2:01.45. Tori Simenec moved from the 31st seed to 16th seed in the 200 IM. Simenec will head to finals tonight with a prelim time of 1:57.35.
Junior Becca Weiland placed 13th in the 50 free prelims to advance to NCAA finals tonight. As current record holder, Becca broke her own record with a new personal best 22.13.
400 Medley Relay
Tess Behrens, Kierra Smith, Becca Weiland, and Lauren Votava made up Minnesota’s 400 Medley Relay. The relay team raced in heat 2 of 4 at prelims and finished with a time of 3:33.62. They will head to the finals seeded 13th.
1-Meter Diving – In Progress
Senior captain, and 4-time NCAA Championship diver Maggie Keefer and sophomore teammate Jessica Ramberg are competing in the 1-Meter prelims currently. At the 2013 NCAA Championships, Maggie was the runner-up in the one-meter event. Prelim updates will be added here when 1-meter diving concludes.
Finals of these events will begin tonight at 7:00 pm CT at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. For ticket information click here.
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