Nov. 13, 2012
University of Minnesota swimmer Kierra Smith earned two Big Ten Weekly Awards Tuesday following a strong showing at the Minnesota Grand Prix last weekend. The rookie was tabbed the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Smith had a very successful weekend swimming against some of the best swimmers in the nation, as she claimed first-place honors in the 200 breast with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:08.11.
She also finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.11, and third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.43.
Smith’s Swimmer of the Week honor is the second of her career, while she was named the league’s Freshman of the Week for the fourth time.
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.