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.
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.