Oct. 2, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team will open its 2012-13 season Friday when it hits the road to compete against Michigan at Canham Natatorium. The meet is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m., and continue Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
The Gopher women are coming off a very successful season in which they claimed the Big Ten Championship and finished 11th at the NCAA Championships. Head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer knows that Minnesota has that chip on their shoulder that every team wants to knock off.
“I’m sure Michigan will have a lot of energy and be ready to compete against us,” Kremer stated. “It’s a new year and we’d like to get off to a good start against the Wolverines.”
Minnesota enters the meet with strong returning senior, junior and sophomore classes, as well as a very talented group of incoming freshmen.
“It’s really exciting for the freshmen to participate in their first collegiate dual meet,” Kremer said. “Our entire staff is excited to watch our newcomers compete and enjoy the experience of being a student-athlete in the Big Ten.”
The Gophers look to kick off the 2012-13 season on a positive note.
“I think it is important for us to get on the road and into an environment where there is a really good team to compete against,” Kremer stated. “When we get to the NCAA Championships, which are on the road as well, that’s our biggest meet of the year. It’s good to practice being on the road all year against good competition, and this is a good way to start.”
The Wolverines kicked off their season at home last weekend against Wisconsin, earning a 157-143 victory.
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Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
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