MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota men’s and women’s swimming and diving wrapped up their season at the NCAA Championships this past month. 2018-17 saw the team earn individual championship titles, impressive dual record, numerous individual top times and new school record times. With so many great things happening in the pool and diving well, GopherSports.com took a quick look at some of this season’s highlights.
Sarah Bacon became the third diver in the last eight seasons to win a national championship. Bacon’s 1-meter NCAA Champion title is just the second in program history.
ALL-AMERICAN GOPHERS // Final NCAA Recaps: Women’s | Men’s
Minnesota earned 12 All-American finishes (nine individual, three relay) and six men’s (five individual and one relay) All-America honors at this year’s NCAA Championship. Seven women and two men earned multiple All-America accolades.
Final Career All-America Count for Seniors – Total (Honorable Mention)
Danielle Nack – 6 (3)
Conner McHugh – 6 (4)
-Matched best NCAA finish in 10th place with 157 points, the second most in program history.
Have placed 10th or better in five of the last eight NCAA meets, while placing 13th or better in 12 of the last 13 years.
-Have now sent 10 or more student-athletes to the NCAAs for 13 straight years.
-First time in program history the Gophers collected three top-eight All-American finishes in the relay events (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay).
-Individually, Lindsey Kozelsky became the second women’s swimmer to collect four top-eight All-American accolades at a single NCAA meet (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay).
-15th place finish is the best since 2011. For the first time since 2009, the Gophers had four top-eight All-American finishes in the individual events.
-Conner McHugh placing fourth in the 200 breaststroke is the best NCAA finish in the event for the Gophers since Mike Brown in 2003.
BIG-TIME BIG TEN PERFORMANCES // Final Big Ten Recaps: Women’s | Men’s
-Both teams captured top five finishes at the Big Ten meet as the women placed fourth with a program second-best 1,049 points and the men placing fifth with 712.5 points.
-Minnesota’s women took home nine top-three finishes (one gold, seven silver and one bronze) while recording six new school record times. The Maroon and Gold boasted an All-Big Ten First Teamer and Co-Diver of the Championships in Sarah Bacon, while Tevyn Waddell, Lindsey Kozelsky, Danielle Nack, Zoe Avestruz, Chantal Nack and Mackenzie Padington collected All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
-Minnesota’s men took home eight medals (one gold, five silver and two bronze) while recording seven school record times at the meet.
-Bowen Becker earned All-Big Ten First Team honors after his Big Ten champion performance in the 50 free touching in at 18.93. He also set a new school record, B1G meet record and personal record time in the prelims where he swam the 50 free in 18.63.
-Matthew Thomas, Conner McHugh, Tuomas Pokkinen, Tom Donker and Nick Yang all earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
NEW PROGRAM RECORD TIMES RECORDED THIS YEAR // 2018-17 Stats & Record Book
200 free: Mackenzie Padington. 1:44.15
100 breast: Lindsey Kozelsky, 57.91
100 fly: Danielle Nack, 51.15
200 fly: Danielle Nack, 1:54.72
800 free relay: Danielle Nack, Chantal Nack, Mackenzie Padington, Zoe Avestruz, 6:59.53
200 medley relay: Tevyn Waddell, Lindsey Kozelsky, Danielle Nack, Zoe Avestruz, 1:35.06
400 medley relay: Tevyn Waddell, Lindsey Kozelsky, Danielle Nack, Zoe Avestruz, 3:28.96
50 free: Bowen Becker, 18.69
100 free: Bowen Becker, 41.61
100 breast: Conner McHugh, 51.48
200 breast: Conner McHugh, 1:51.41
200 medley relay: Matthew Thomas, Conner McHugh, Tuomas Pokkinen, Bowen Becker, 1:24.15
400 medley relay: Tom Donker, Conner McHugh, Matthew Thomas, Bowen Becker. 3:06.90
1-meter: Nick Yang, 420.35
Platform: Nick Yang, 518.85
The Gopher women went an impressive 9-1 in dual meets, including a first place finish in the inaugural Minnesota Invitatioanl, while posting a 5-1 mark in the Big Ten. The men were 7-3, including a first place finish at the Minnesota Invitational, and 4-2 record in the conference.
Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet
4/16/2018 - W. Swimming
Minnesota celebrated the 2017-18 season at its annual banquet to recognize the team's accomplishments as well as individual award winners.
Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind
4/3/2018 - W. Swimming
2017-18 saw the team earn individual championship titles, impressive dual record, numerous individual top times and new school record times.
Gophers Place 10th at NCAA Meet
3/17/2018 - W. Swimming
The Gophers' 10th place finish came with a total of 157 points, which is the second most in program history,