The Golden Gopher women's swim team competed at the U.S. Open, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Keri Hehn led the way for the Gophers, finishing fourth in the A Finals in the 100-meter breaststroke. Hehn missed a medal by a tenth of a second at 1:11.29. The third-place finisher, Vipa Bernhardt sneeked in at 1:11.19. With her fourth-place finish, Hehn gained 15 points for Minnesota. Her time made the Olympic trial cut time, set at 1:12.59.
Bridget McCoy finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke B Finals with a time of 1:14.48.
Dana Baum was fifth in the B Finals 400 freestyle. Baum clocked a time of 4:24.25, just missing the National cut time of 4:21.69.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Dana Baum, Kristin Rygg, Kate Hardt, and Katy Coombe finished 10th overall. The foursome had a time of 8:36.87, making the national cut time.
Abby Ruess finished eighth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:24.76 in the B Finals.
The Gophers will continue competition in the US Open Swimming Championships tomorrow morning. Prelims will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m.
Full results can be found on the USA Swimming website at www.usaswimming.org.