Oct. 25, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team will play host to Wisconsin in a Big Ten border battle Friday night at the University Aquatic Center. The Gophers will take on the Badgers beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the dual also serving at Senior Night.
The Minnesota women enter the Big Ten dual with a perfect 3-0 record on the season. Last weekend, the Gophers claimed titles in 12 of the 16 events at Kansas to claim their third victory.
Wisconsin enters the meet with 3-1 record on the year, with their only loss coming against Michigan.
Friday night will not only be a battle against the Badgers, but will also serve as night to honor the seniors. Minnesota has nine seniors on its roster, all of who have made an immense impact on the program over the past three years. Listed below are each of the senior women and a few of their major accomplishments thus far as a Gopher.
Loren Brandon out of Centennial, Colo., swims distance freestyle for the Gophers. Brandon has competed at the NCAA Championships every year, earning two All-American honors, placing 14th in the 1,650 both her sophomore and junior seasons. The senior is majoring in finance.
Annalise Colton is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer for the Gophers out of Edina, Minn. Colton swam at the Big Ten Championships her sophomore and junior seasons, where she finished 17th in the 100 fly last year. She majors in biomedical engineering.
Lauren Greenberg out of Eden Prairie, Minn., is a breaststroke and individual medley swimmer for the Gophers. The animal science major had a strong performance at the Minnesota Challenge her junior year, earning first place, three second places, and one third place finish.
Katie Grunawalt is a diver out of Granger, Minn., that is majoring in health and wellness. Grunawalt has competed at the Big Ten Championships every year of her career, receiving eighth place in 3 meter her junior season.
Natalie Herrild is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer out of Lakeville, Minn., that is majoring in economics. Herrild earned all three new career top times her junior season.
Emma Jackson is a psychology major out of North Kingstown, R.I. who swims breaststroke for the Gophers. Jackson has competed in the Big Ten Championships two different times, earning her top finish of ninth place in the 100 breast her junior season.
Haley Spencer is a breaststroke and individual medley swimmer, as well as a captain for the Gophers, originally out of O’Fallon, Mo. Spencer was the 2011 NCAA Champion in the 200 breast, the Big Ten Champion in the 200 breast in 2011 and 2012, and a seven-time All-American. Spencer majors in psychology.
Lauren Weis, out of St. Paul, Minn., is a freestyle swimmer for the Gophers. Weis has competed at the NCAA Championships every year of her career and is a two-time All-American in the 800 free relay. Her team finished fifth last season in a new program-record time. She is majoring in business and marketing education.
Elizabeth Weitz is a senior captain for Minnesota out of Seattle, Wash., that swims the breaststroke and individual medley. The architecture major earned three new top times at last year’s Big Ten Championships.
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