Day 2 Results
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota men’s and women’s swimming dominated the night inside Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center Friday evening on day two of the Minnesota Invite. The Gophers combined to win 10 of the 12 final events.
Highlighting the night was freshman Mackenzie Padington setting a new women’s 200-yard freestyle program record in her third collegiate 200 free swim. The Campbell River, British Columbia native dropped a speedy first place time of 1:44.15 to pass previous record holder Danielle Nack’s time of 1:44.39.
Minnesota started the night out strong opening up the finals in the 400-yard Individual Medley and taking the top six spots. Brooke Zeiger notched a NCAA B standard time of 4:16.72 in her first place finish, with Abbey Erwin behind her at 4:19.48. Patricia Van Law, Erin Emery, Daniel Bergeson and Olivia Johnston rounded out the Gophers top six.
Senior Danielle Nack moved up in the Gophers’ all-time ranks with a first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Touching the wall at a new personal-record time of 51.79, Nack has the second fasted 100 fly time in program history. Tevyn Waddell brought in a second place finish in a time of 53.68 and followed with a first place win in the 100 back (52.39).
It was a battle of current and former Gophers in the 100 breast. Minnesota alumni and Canadian team member Kierra Smith notched the first place finish (59.77) just ahead of Rachel Munson’s personal-record time of 1:00.09 and Lindsey Kozelsky (1:00.21).
Junior Zoe Avestruz picked up a second place finish in the 100 back in 53.21 and placed fourth in the 100 fly with a personal-record time of 53.93.
In the lone relay event of the night, Minnesota’s “A” team placed first in a touch of the wall at 1:37.56.
Minnesota saw three different first place finishers out of the evening’s five individual finals.
Tuomas Pokkinen led from the start in the 100 fly reaching a B standard time of 47.08 in the win. Freshman Tim Sates in the 200 free added to the Maroon and Gold’s B standard performance list, touching the wall at 1:36.44. Senior Conner McHugh rounded out the Gophers’ top finishers, using a speedy 52.84 performance to win the 100 back.
Junior Brian Poon set a pair of personal records, swimming the 400 IM in 3:53.06 for second place and 54.17 in the 100 breast to place third.
Minnesota’s A squad of Donker, McHugh, Matt Thomas and Bowen Becker continued dominating the 200 medley relay. Shaving over three seconds from their last performance, they placed first touching in at 1:26.76.
The Gophers enter the final day of the Minnesota Invite Saturday morning with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.
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