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.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.