Minnesota opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 200 free relay. The relay of Jenny Hasling, Stacy Busack, Erin Holtmeyer and Roxane Akradi combined for a time of 1:33.74. Jenny Shaughnessy led the Gophers in the 500 free with a 12th-place finish and a time of 4:57.89. Erin O’Neil competed in the same event with a 19th-place finish in 5:01.41.
Deidre DeWall led the Gophers in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.68 and a 12th-place finish, while Hasling chipped in a time of 2:08.17. Busack and McCarthy each competed in the 50 free A Final, placing fourth and eighth overall. Busack touched the wall in a time of 23.82 for fourth place. McCarthy added a finals time of 24.20 to place eighth. Her preliminary time of 24.07 was a season-best. The Gophers also had three make the B Final in Linzey Bachmeier, Krista Kezbers and Roxane Akradi. Bachmeier placed 14th overall in 24.28, followed by Kezbers in 15th (24.34) and Akradi (24.44).
The Gophers finished the first day with a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Akradi, Kim Kazika, Shaughnessy and McCarthy combined for a time of 3:51.49.
In diving action, Erica Schiffler led the Gophers in the 3-meter event. Schiffler had a finals score of 255.00 to place sixth overall. Brianna Hubbard finished 11th overall (226.80), followed by Hillary Provo in 15th (191.35).
Action continues tomorrow with the prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m. Sunday's competition starts at 10 a.m., followed by 3 p.m. finals.
Gophers Open Minnesota Challenge
Minnesota swimming and diving turned in six men's personal bests and four women's personal bests on the first night of the Minnesota Challenge.
Gophers to Host Minnesota Challenge
The Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center will host the 2016 Minnesota Challenge this Friday and Saturday.
Zhou Tabbed B1G Diver of the Week
The junior has earned this conference honor eight times this season and 11 times in her career.