July 29, 2012
Former University of Minnesota swimmer Jillian Tyler finished 14th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals Sunday afternoon at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, England. Representing Canada, Tyler posted a time of 1:07.87 to close out her competition in the event.
The former Gopher qualified for the semis after finishing 15th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:07.81. She shaved .42 seconds off of her previous Olympic-best time of 1:08.13, which she recorded in her first Olympic appearance in Beijing, China in 2008.
Tyler will also compete in the women's 100-meter medley relay, which is set to take place on August 3 beginning at 11:35 a.m.
One of the most decorated swimmers in Minnesota history, Tyler was the NCAA Champion in the 100-yard breaststroke in her senior campaign in 2011 and was also a Honda Award Finalist. Tyler finished her Gopher career as a 13-time All-American, which included four-straight All-America honors in the 100-yard breaststroke, and an eight-time Big Ten Champion.
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.