Gopher Women's Swimming and Diving Open Big Ten Season This Weekend
The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team open Big Ten Conference action as it hosts the University of Iowa, Friday night at 4 p.m., at the University Aquatic Center.
Gophers Ranked 16th in Recent Poll
The Golden Gophers are ranked 16th in the recent College Swim Coaches Association of America poll (CSCAA). It is the highest ranking the Gophers have received under co-head coaches Terry Nieszner and Kelly Kremer since the duo took over the program in 2004. California, who defeated the Gophers last weekend, 188.5-108.5, earned the top billing. Minnesota is the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten behind No. 10 Michigan and No. 13 Wisconsin.
About the Hawkeyes
Iowa defeated the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 265.5-87.5 and fell to the Wisconsin Badgers 235.5-112.5 in their last competition, Oct. 13-14. Iowa's Julie Feingold led the Hawkeye women with second place finishes in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:25.29) and the 400 yard individual medley (4:40.40). Ashley Dell placed second in the 500 yard freestyle (5:04.64) and third in the 400 yard individual medley (4:41.50).
Last Time Out
Minnesota, who was ranked 23rd, won its second dual of the season with a 169-131 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa. Minnesota won seven of 16 events contested. Winning events for the Gophers were Yuen Kobayashi (1,000 free and 500 free), Meredith McCarthy (200 free), Erin Holtmeyer (50 free), Sarah Perrott (100 free), Jenny Shaughnessy (200 IM) and the 400 relay of Kobayashi, McCarthy, Perrott and Holtmeyer. Kobayashi set a meet record in the 1,000 event win.
Order of Events
200 Medley Relay
Men's 1 Meter & Women's 3 Meter Diving (Co-ed and Concurrent with 1000 Free)
1 Meter Diving – Women
3 Meter Diving – Men
400 Free Relay
On the Starting Blocks
The Gophers will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Florida, Oct. 27. The dual meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.