800-meterJunior Val Tukey led a contigent of Gopher women's swimmers at the first evening of competition of the USA Swimming Speedo Champions Series meet at University Aquatic Center. Tukey won the 800-meter freestyle to highlight a solid night of performances. The meet is part of the USA Swimming Champions series that is held regionally at seven locations over the next week.
Tukey posted an outstanding swim in the 800 free, posting a time of 9:00.31. She touched out Hannah Whitehead by just .08 seconds to pick up the victory. Incoming freshman Kate Orbon also scored, placing eighth in 9:16.59. Sophomore Amy Killpatrick finished 17th in 9:31.83 and senior Cecile Lamour finished 50th in 10:02.05.
In the 100 freestyle, senior Kate Hardt led Minnesota's contigent, touching the wall sixth in 59.25. Senior Sarah Perrott qualified for the B Final and ended up placing 12th in 58.84. Junior Val Tukey was the other Gopher to reach the evening session, finishing 21st in 59.74. Other Minnesota finishers included: Jenny Hasling (24th, 1:00.09), Jennifer Chang (27th, 1:00.18), Katherine Marshall (69th, 1:02.09), Katie Wind (85th, 1:02.77), Jamie Howard (92nd, 1:02.93) and Emma Sinkler (122nd, 1:03.93).
Junior Julia Quinn finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:37.11 to post the Gophers' best result. Senior Mary Patrek won the B Final heat with a time of 2:41.56 to finish ninth. Howard reached the C Final, placing 24th overall in 2:49.05. Erika Bjorklund (31st, 2:51.00) and Katie Proell (57th, 2:54.39) rounded out Minnesota's lineup.
The Gophers had three competitors in the 200 butterfly, led by junior Lindsey St. Martin who touched the wall in 2:27.05 to finish 22nd. Killpatrick placed 29th in 2:29.46 and Lamour was 55th in 2:40.29.
Competition resumes tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the prelims and 6 p.m. for the finals.
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