The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team won 10 events en route to a 176-118 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, tonight in Iowa City, Iowa. With the win the Gophers improve to 2-0 on the dual season.Minnesota defeated Wisconsin last Friday night.
Minnesota started the night with a win in the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Hannah Whitehead, Jillian Tyler, Kaylee Jamison and Alison Eggers combined for a time of 1:44.23 and 11 points. Minnesota’s B relay of Castina Wabeke, Paige Bradley, Kelsey Ridder and Marissa Davies added a third-place showing with a time of 1:46.57.
Kristen Steenvoorden won the 1000 free in 9:54.62, while Loren Brandon finished second (9:57.02) and Lissa Tommerdahl was third (10:02.63). Like the 1000 free, Minnesota went 1,2,3 in the 200 free. Ashley Steenvoorden won event in 1:51.30, while Lauren Weis added a time of 1:52.68 for second, followed by Whitehead in third (1:53.00).
After Iowa won the 100 back, the Gophers returned to a win in the 100 breaststroke as they took the top three spots. Emma Jackson won her first collegiate event of her short Gopher career when she touched the wall in 1:05.08. Bradley came in second with a time of 1:05.47, while Molly Belk added a time of 1:05.48. The Gophers added another top-three finish in the 200 fly. Annalise Colton won her first Gopher event in 2:04.87, followed by Megan Braun in second (2:06.78) and Elizabeth Weitz in third (2:07.06).
Although Iowa’s Christine Kuczek won the 50 free (24.09), Minnesota took the next three four spots and recorded scores for three. Jamison and Davies tied for second (24.14), while Eggers followed in fourth (24.34). Abigail Staats was fifth (24.39) but did not record points for the Gophers. Eggers led the Gophers led the Gophers in the 100 free when she clocked a time of 52.87. Staats added a time of 52.96, followed by Weis in 53.39.
Jackson accomplished her second win of the evening when she also won the 200 breaststroke. Jackson chipped in a time of 2:20.67 for the win, while Belk placed third in 2:22.66. Davies won the 500 free in a time of 4:58.22. Jamison won the 100 fly in 56.47 and led the Gophers in the 200 IM with a second-place finish in 2:08.38.
Minnesota closed the night with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay. Davies, Staats, Weis and Eggers added four points to the Gophers’ total with a time of 3:28.29.
In diving action, Kelci Bryant earned to wins in the 1- and 3-meter events. Bryant posted a score of 314.85 in the 1-meter, while adding a score of 366.60 in the 3-meter. Katie Grunawalt followed Bryant when she finished second. Grunawalt held scores of 278.17 in the 3-meter and 264.00 in the 1-meter.
Minnesota hosts its only home meet of the first half of the season with the Grand Prix, Nov. 13-15 at the University Aquatic Center. Action begins every day at 9 a.m.