2013-14 Season Awards
CJ Smith was awarded "Hardest Worker" and "Iron Fish"

May 6, 2014

With Championships Season over, the Minnesota Swimming and Diving Program gathered for their year-end banquet after a season of some amazing accomplishments.

The 2013-14 men’s season wrapped up with an 8-1 season record, a 4th place finish at the Big Ten Championships, and an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships. 2014 also brought four new Minnesota records including Derek Toomey becoming the first Big Ten swimmer to race the 50-yard freestyle under 19 seconds with an 18.95. Toomey also broke his own record in the 100-yard freestyle with a 42.42. Senior Kyler Van Swol also nabbed two records in both the 100-yard butterfly (46.16) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:43.37).

The 2013-14 women’s season finished with an undefeated 9-0 season, a third-straight B1G Championship, and a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Tori Simenec, Lauren Votava, Jessica Plant, and Kiera Janzen broke the Minnesota record with a time of 7:00.04.

The following awards were selected by their coaches and teammates.

Women’s 2013-2014 Awards


Kiera Janzen

Hardest Worker

Lauren Votava

Sam Harding



Lexi Tenenbaum

Most Improved

Katelyn Holmquist

Sam Harding

Diver of the Year

Maggie Keefer

Jean Freeman Award

Hailey Szews

Dorothy Sheppard Award

Erin Caflisch

Men’s 2013-2014 Awards


Derek Toomey

Hardest Worker

Danny Brebrick

CJ Smith

Most Improved

Paul Fair

Eric Sande

Dylan Zoe

Diver of the Year

Manny Pollard

Iron Fish

Derek Toomey

CJ Smith

Jerry McCaul Award

Brandon Hatanaka 


Smith Shines at 17th FINA World Championships


Gopher alumni Kierra Smith records three top five finishes at the 17th FINA World Championships.

Gophers Compete at Speedo Sectionals


Gopher swimming brings home a handful of first place finishes at Speedo Sectionals.

Gophers Add Alicia Hicken-Franklin to Staff


Former Gopher swimmer Alicia Hicken-Franklin joins coaching staff as Associate Head Coach for men's and women's swimming and diving.

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