Jillian Tyler broke a 10-year old 100 breaststroke school record, which was previously set by NCAA champion and former Gopher Gretchen Hegener, tonight at the OSU Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. Tyler established a new school record when she clocked a time of 59.82 and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in March. Had Tyler clocked that time at the 2007 NCAA Championships, she would have finished second overall behind champion Jessica Hardy’s time of 59.43 and ahead of Arizona’s Annie Chandler of 1:00.03 for first-team All-America honors. In 1997, Hegener’s school record time of 1:00.32 won the NCAA Championship event and became the American recordholder.
Along with Tyler’s school record time, the Gophers also took the next two spots. Alicia Jensen placed second with a provisional time of 1:03.06, while Kimberly Kazika added a third-place time of 1:03.59.
The Gophers dominated the 200 free event, taking the top four spots. Jenny Shaughnessy led the Maroon and Gold with an automatic qualifying and pool record time of 1:46.77. Yuen Kobayashi took second place when she touched the wall in a provisional time of 1:47.42, while Meredith McCarthy placed third in a provisional time of 1:47.59. Christine Jennings rounded out the Gophers’ top four with a provisional time of 1:49.15.
Kait Strickland earned her first win of the invite when she clocked a provisional qualifying time of 4:15.94 in the 400 individual medley and shaved off six seconds off her previous career best time of 4:21.92. Megan Braun set a meet record when she won the 100 fly in a time of 54.43, also a career best. Roxane Akradi won the 100 back event when she chipped in a winning time of 55.45, which was her best time of the season.
Along with the individual events, Minnesota swept the relay competition. The team of Akradi, Tyler, Braun and Stacy Busack combined for a provisional qualifying time of 1:41.26 in the 200 medley relay, which also was a pool record. The Gophers’ B relay also took the second spot in a time of 1:43.73. The Gopher B relay consisted of Castina Wabeke, Alicia Jensen, Danielle Ridder and Erin Holtmeyer. In the 800 free relay, Shaughnessy, Kobayashi, McCarthy and Jennings clocked a winning time of 7:13.78, which set a meet record.
The Gophers will close out the OSU Invite tomorrow afternoon. Minnesota leads the invite with 875 points, while Ohio State is second with 505 points and Denver rounds out the top three with 304.5 points.