June 29, 2012
Senior Haley Spencer and former Minnesota swimmer Keri Hehn both advanced to the 200-meter breaststroke semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., to lead a group of six current and former Gophers that competed on the fifth day of the event.
Spencer finished sixth overall in the 200-meter breaststroke with a program-long-course-meter-record time of 2:27.90. Spencer's former teammate, Jillian Tyler, who has already earned a spot on the Canada Olympic Team, held the previous program record of 2:29.06 since 2009.
Hehn clocked a time of 2:29.97 in the preliminaries to finish 13th overall and advance to the semifinals, which will get underway tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. live on NBC.
Four Gophers competed in the 100-meter freestyle, with junior Erin Caflisch pacing the quartet with a time of 57.24 to finish 78th overall. Fellow junior Tess Behrens finished 85th overall with a time of 57.32, while sophomore Tori Simenec posted a time of 57.65 to place 103rd overall. Sophomore Blake Zeiger rounded out the field of Gophers by finishing 125th overall with a time of 58.42.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 800-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke, while the evening will include semifinals of the 200-meter backstroke, as well as the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle.
Zeiger Breaks 400 IM in Winter Nationals Win
The Gophers took part in two separate meets on Friday, with the Jean K. Freeman Invite starting in Minneapolis.
Gophers Win Third Relay of Winter Nationals
Minnesota is 3-for-3 on relay gold in the first two days of the meet in Atlanta.
Gophers Win Two Relays at Winter Nationals
Minnesota's women started the meet in Atlanta by winning both relays of the Wednesday evening session.