June 26, 2012
Led by former Minnesota swimmer Ashley Steenvoorden, eight current and former members of the Minnesota women's swimming team put together impressive performances during the preliminaries of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Tuesday at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Steenvoorden narrowly missed a spot in the finals of the 400-meter freestyle, finishing 10th overall with a time of 4:10.96. With the top eight finishers moving on to the finals, Steenvoorden missed by just over half a second, as the eighth-place swimmer clocked a time of 4:10.38.
Sophomore Kiera Janzen finished 19th overall in the same event with a time of 4:12.93, with recent graduate Kristen Steenvoorden tying for 52nd overall by winning her heat in 4:19.33. Senior Lauren Weis rounded out the quartet of Gophers with a time of 4:22.45, good for 89th overall.
With a time of 1:09.48, senior Haley Spencer missed a shot at the semifinals of the 100-meter breaststroke by just .09 seconds and finished 17th overall, while former Gopher Keri Hehn followed in 18th place with a time of 1:09.49. Senior Emma Jackson finished 135th overall in 1:13.67.
Junior Tess Behrens opened the day for the Gopher women with a 21st-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke, concluding the event with a time of 1:02.63.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter individual medley, while the evening will include semifinals of both events, as well as the finals of the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter breaststroke.