Nov. 8, 2013
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When Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:00 p.m. CT
Where Grand Fork, N.D. (Hyslop Sports Center)
Battle with the West
After two conference duals in a row, the Golden Gophers take a break from the Big Ten to compete against the University of North Dakota. Hosted by North Dakota, Minnesota is set to conclude its mini three-meet series on the road.
Minnesota will enter the North Dakota dual with a 4-0 overall season record. Last weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, the Gophers defeated the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The 194-101 win earned the Gophers their third conference win of the season and reinforced their undefeated record so far this season.
With no new releases of updated ranking for women's college swimming and diving, the Gophers hold their position of No. 14 as voted on by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Stacking Up to North Dakota
The University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team do not have a rich history with the North Dakota rivalry. In the past eight seasons Minnesota has only seen North Dakota in dual-meet competition two times. Last year, in the 2012-2013 season, Minnesota faced off against North Dakota in a single-dual meet and defeated them 196-94. Prior to that the last time the two schools faced off was in the 2005-06 season when the Gophers hosted a triple-dual between North Carolina and North Dakota. The Gophers outscored North Dakota by a score of 153-29.
Another pair of Awards
After the team's third Big Ten win of the season, it was announced on Nov. 5 that two Golden Gophers were awarded weekly honors. Maggie Keefer was named Diver of the Week and Breanne Siwicki was named Freshman of the Week. Senior Keefer earned her third of the season and 13th overall in her Gopher career in the diving well. Freshman Siwicki earned her second Freshman of the Week award for the second time in her debut season as a Minnesota swimmer. She was also given the title on Oct. 8.
After three meets so far in the season, top times have risen from the women's team. As follows based on event:
Stecklein, Zhou Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
The two recent Minnesota graduates are in consideration for an award that recognizes excellence in athletics, academics, service and leadership.
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.