Oct. 11, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team will compete in its first home meet of the season Friday when it takes on Iowa State in a 5:00 p.m. showdown at the University Aquatic Center. Minnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team will also compete in an intrasquad meet in conjunction with the Gopher women.
“It’s our first home competition of the year, so that is always fun to have,” head women’s coach Terry Nieszner said. “Some of our swimmers didn’t get a chance to travel to Michigan, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do at home.”
After defeating Michigan last weekend, 196-99, the Gophers look to keep the energy high against the Cyclones, who are competing in their first dual meet of the season. Minnesota finished strong against the Wolverines, winning all 14 of the swimming events and both of the diving events.
The Gophers’ performance at Michigan lead to various honors, as the women’s team swept the Big Ten Weekly Awards. Tess Behrens was named Swimmer of the Week, Sarah McCrady was tabbed Diver of the Week and Lauren Votava earned Freshman of the Week honors. All three women will be key components to Minnesota’s success against Iowa State Friday night.
The excitement will not only be in the pool, but all over campus as the U of M celebrates Homecoming this weekend.
“It’s Homecoming weekend, so there’s a lot of energy and a lot of alums on campus,” Nieszner said. “It should be a great evening and a kick-off to a great weekend for Homecoming.”
The Gopher women’s swimming and diving team has a lot to be excited about, not only for their first home meet, but also for being honored at Saturday’s football game.
“I definitely think the team is on a high,” Nieszner stated. “We’re going to be honored at half time of the football game for our Big Ten Championship last year, so we’re looking forward to that, too."