The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team opens the 2008-09 season on the road at Michigan, tonight in Ann Arbor, Mich. This is the first time that Michigan and Minnesota have competed in dual-meet competition since 2001 when the Gophers defeated the Wolverines 201-169. Overall, the two teams have split the all-time series 3-3.
Live results can be found on the Michigan website, mgoblue.com. The schedule of events for tonight's meet is listed below:
Schedule of Events
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Minnesota returns eight All-Americans from last year's Big Ten Championship squad in Megan Braun, Stacy Busack, Meredith McCarthy, Erin Holtmeyer, Christine Jennings, Yuen Kobayashi, Jenny Shaughnessy and Jillian Tyler.
2008 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Minnesota broke 14 school records and won five events to win the 2008 Big Ten Championship. The Gophers beat out Michigan, who had 609 points, followed by Indiana in third with 513 points. The Golden Gophers took the lead over the Wolverines in the second day and cruised to the win in the final session for the win. The title became the Gophers’ third in school history after winning back-to-back championships in 1999 and 2000 under former head coach Jean Freeman. It is the first crown for co-head coaches Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner, who took over the helm of the program in the 2004-05 season. Jillian Tyler was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was the Gophers’ high point scorer of the meet. Earning first-team All-Big Ten was Roxane Akradi, Megan Braun, Stacy Busack, Christine Jennings, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy, Jenny Shaughnessy and Tyler. The Gophers won the 400 medley relay, the 400 IM (Jenny Shaughnessy), the 100 and 200 breaststroke (Jillian Tyler) and the 800 free relay during the course of the championship.
ON THE STARTING BLOCKS
The Gophers will compete tomorrow at Michigan State, at 2 p.m. ET.