March 21, 2014
After last night’s finals the Golden Gophers are currently in 9th place with 51.5 points, behind Florida.
200 Medley Relay
Freshman Breanne Siwicki and sophomore Samantha Harding represented Minnesota in the 400 individual medley in the same heat during prelims. Siwicki finished with a time of 4:13.35, Harding with a 4:13.61.
Juniors Becca Weiland and Tori Simenec raced the 100 butterfly this morning. Simenec swam in heat 5 of 8 in the event and finished with at time of 52.36, taking third in her heat. Becca raced in heat 8 of 8, placing 16th in prelims with a time of 52.29. She will head to the finals tonight.
Kiera Janzen, who last night finished 7th in the 500 freestyle, competed in the 200 freestyle finishing with a prelim time of 1:45.46, for 20th place. Janzen will compete in the 800 free relay tonight, and the 1650 freestyle tomorrow. Jessica Plant also raced for the Golden Gophers, with a time of 1:44.86. She placed 13th to head to the finals tonight in Minneapolis.
The 2014 Big Ten Champion Kierra Smith finished with a time of 1:00.21 in the 100 breaststroke prelims. She will be competing in the 200 breaststroke tomorrow, which is the sophomore’s favorite event – she was also the 2014 Big Ten Champion in the 200 breast.
Senior Tess Behrens finished her last 100 backstroke race for Minnesota with a time of 53.70.
800 Free Relay - All but last two heats of time finals
The University of Minnesota’s 800 free relay team will compete tonight in head 4 of 4 with a seeded time of 7:00.04.
Three-meter diving will kick off soon here at the University Aquatic Center. Minnesota’s Maggie Keefer and Jessica Ramberg will compete. Consolation finals will begin shortly after prelims, with the top eight scores advancing to the championships finals tonight after the 100 backstroke finals.
Finals will begin here in Minneapolis, Minn. tonight at 7:00pm CT.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.