The ninth-ranked University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team cruised to a 208.5-160.5 dual meet victory over No. 11 North Carolina Saturday at the Dorothy L. Sheppard pool. After capturing all but one event on Friday night to stake themselves to a 123.5-62.5 lead, the Gophers collected four more event wins on Saturday to clinch the meet. The win moves Minnesota’s dual meet record to 3-1 this season.
In the opening event of the day, the Gopher quartet of Roxanne Akradi, Jillian Tyler, Megan Braun and Stacy Busack won the 400 medley relay in 3:43.77. The Gopher squad cruised to the wall almost four seconds before UNC’s top team.
The Gophers’ second victory of the day came three events later when junior captain Jenny Shaughnessy claimed the 400 IM crown, finishing in 4:20.25. It was Shaughnessy’s second victory IM victory of the weekend to go along with her crown in the 200-yard discipline Friday.
Braun’s victory in the 100 butterfly three events later was her third of the meet to go along with her contribution to the two Gopher medley relay wins. Braun had a second place individual performance in the 200 butterfly Friday.
Freshman breaststroker Jillian Tyler continued to impress by winning the 200 breaststroke by more than five seconds over the Tar Heels’ Allison Clemens. Her time of 2:14.95 was good for a Minnesota-North Carolina dual meet record.
The Gophers return to action next weekend as they host the Minnesota Grand Prix at the University Aquatic Center.