Time to Defend The Title
Tess Behrens won the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 medley races against Arizona State on Oct. 5

Oct. 9, 2013

The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving teams begin their journey to defend their reigning Big Ten Conference Champions title as conference duals start this Friday Oct 11. The Golden Gophers host the University of Michigan Wolverines at the University Aquatic Center at 5:00 p.m. CT. Coming off a home-opening 197-94 win over Arizona State on Oct. 5, the Gophers are 1-0 in the season leading into the Big Ten season.

The Wolverines are also heading into the weekend with a 1-0 record (1-0 Big Ten). They began their season with a 185-111 victory over the University of Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 27.

This match-up will mark the 11th total time in history that the Gophers and Wolverines have faced one another in women's swimming and diving. Currently, Minnesota holds a 7-3 overall record against the University of Michigan with the first ever meeting dating back to the 1984-85 season. The official standings between both schools are as follows:

2012-13 : W, 196-99
2011-12: W, 200-150
2010-11: W, 169-131
2008-09: W, 169-130
2001-02: W, 201-169
1999-00: W, 167-234
1998-99: W, 230.5-139.5
1997-98: L, 176-177
1993-94: L, 125-172
1984-85: L, 58-83

After nearly winning every event against the Sun Devils, the Gophers are out to a great start for the year. Senior Tess Behrens competed strong to begin her final season as she earned three first-place finishes in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke, and the 200 backstroke.

Minnesota is also coming into Big Ten competition with conference honors already early into the season. Senior diver Maggie Keefer was awarded Diver of the Week on Oct.8 after qualifying for a NCAA Zone Diving standard score of 321.23 in the three-meter. Swimmer Breanne Siwicki also won Freshman of the Week after a debut 10:08.89 win in the 1000 freestyle.

The Gophers and the Wolverines will both be looking to add that first lose to one another's record. After one dual a piece in the books for the 2013-14 season, each team has a list of top swimmers and divers that will be vying to add points to that final score on Friday. Current top times/scores for the season match up as follows:

50 Free
UMN: 23.11 Rebecca Weiland
Mich: 23.96 Zoe Mattingly

100 Free
UMN: 50.58  Lauren Votava
Mich: 51.97 Ali DeLoof

200 Free
UMN: 1:48.55 Lauren Votava
Mich: 1:50.72 Courtney Beidler

500 Free
UMN: 4:52.04 Kiera Janzen
Mich: 5:00.21 Kelsey Cummings

1000 Free
UMN: 10:08.89 Breanne Siwicki
Mich: 10:08.17 Kelsey Cummings

100 Back
UMN: 55.61 Tess Behrens
Mich: 55.25 Ali DeLoof

200 Back
UMN: 2:01.23 Tess Behrens
Mich: 2:01.19 Marie Georger

100 Breast
UMN: 1:04.71 Kierra Smith
Mich: 1:03.32 Angie Chokran

200 Breast
UMN: 2:17.40 Kierra Smith
Mich: 2:16.20 Angie Chokran

100 Fly
UMN: 54.99 Rebecca Weiland
Mich: 56.57 Zoe Mattingly

200 Fly
UMN: 2:03.63 Devin Ste. Marie
Mich: 2:02.17 Courtney Beidler

200 IM
UMN: 2:03.14 Tori Simenec
Mich: 2:03.58 Marni Oldershaw

1 Meter Diving
UMN: 293.18 Maggie Keefer
Mich: 308.85 Carey Chen

3 Meter Diving
UMN: 321.23 Maggie Keefer
Mich: 305.40 Carey Chen




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