The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving coaches Kelly Kremer, Terry Nieszner and Wenbo Chen announced their 2012-13 schedule Tuesday, with the Golden Gophers set to host the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in February.
Minnesota will kick-off the season on the road at Michigan, taking on the Wolverines in a two-day dual Oct. 5-6. The Gophers will then return home to host their first dual meet of the year against Iowa State Oct. 12, before traveling to Lawrence, Kan., to face Kansas Oct. 20.
The Maroon and Gold will then remain home for a five-meet homestand that will begin by hosting Wisconsin Oct. 26, followed by the Iowa dual Nov. 2. Minnesota will also host the Grand Prix Nov. 9-11 and the Jean Freeman Invite Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
The New Year will kick off in Honolulu, when the Gophers face Hawaii Jan. 12 during their annual winter training trip.
After returning to the Mainland, Minnesota will travel to Madison for the Quad Duals vs. Wisconsin, Purdue and Illinois Feb. 1-2, before welcoming in hundreds of swimmers and divers for the Minnesota Challenge Feb. 8- 9.
Minnesota will then host the Big Ten Championships Feb. 20-22 for the first time since 2007. Last season, the Gophers were crowned the Big Ten Champions as Maggie Keefer was named the Diver of the Championships and Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner were named the Swimming Coaches of the Year.
Minnesota will cap off the regular season with the Gopher-It Invite on March 3, before traveling to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2013 NCAA Championships March 21-23. Last season, the Gophers sent 14 women to the Championships and returned with 24 All-American accolades to finish in 11th place overall.