Jillian Tyler was the NCAA runner-up when she finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke event, tonight, at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Tyler clocked a second-place time of 59.87 to earn first-team All-America honors. Tyler, a freshman from Calgary, Alberta, is the first Minnesota swimmer to earn first-team All-America honors in the 100 breast since Gretchen Hegener accomplished the feat in 1998. Keri Hehn was the last Gopher breaststroker to earn All-America honors in 2003 in the 200 breast. Minnesota is in 14th place after the second day of the championships with 71 points.
Minnesota also competed in two relays tonight, both earning All-America honorable mention accolades. The Gophers placed 13th in the 800 free relay. Jenny Shaughnessy, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy and Christine Jennings combined for a time of 7:10.74. Arizona won the event in an NCAA meet record time of 6:58.69. The Gophers also placed 15th in the 200 medley relay. Minnesota's relay of Roxane Akradi, Tyler, Megan Braun and Stacy Busack touched the wall in a time of 1:40.21.
Shaughnessy competed in the 400 individual medley consolation finals when she finished 12th overall. Shaughnessy clocked a time of 4:11.50 to earn All-America honorable mention honors.
The NCAA Championships will conclude tomorrow. Prelims begin at 11 a.m., followed by finals at 7 p.m. Events contested tomorrow will be the 1,650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly and will finish with 400 free relay. Minnesota will have competitors in all events, including Tyler who is seeded third in the 200 breast.