June 29, 2012
Minnesota senior Haley Spencer advanced to the 200-meter breaststroke finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., after placing eighth overall in the semifinals of the event Friday night with a program long course meter record time of 2:27.21.
Former Minnesota swimmer Keri Hehn also made an appearance in the semifinal, but missed a shot at the finals after finishing the event with a time of 2:30.07, which was good for 13th place overall.
The finals will take place Saturday night and will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 7:00 p.m. Spencer is the second Gopher to appear in the finals of an event at the Trials, with former swimmer David Plummer finishing just shy of an Olympic bid with a third-place showing the 100-meter backstroke finals.
Earlier in the day, Spencer finished sixth overall in the preliminaries of the 200-meter breaststroke with a then-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.
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.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.