HONOLULU, Hawaii, January 12. THE University of Minnesota swimming and diving teams wrapped up their training trip to Hawaii with a sweep of the University of Hawaii on Saturday. With the win, the Gopher women are now 6-0 in dual meets this season, while the men are now 5-1.
Minnesota Women’s Press Release
The training from this year’s trip to Hawaii seemed to work well for the Gophers as they took on the University of Hawaii Saturday in Honolulu. The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team stay undefeated with this non-conference win improving to a 6-0 record, with a 3-0 record in the Big Ten.
The women’s team beat Hawaii in a near sweep, winning 13-14 events (diving was not contested).
The day’s competition started out strong for Minnesota with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, nabbing first (1:44.35), third, and fourth place times.
The Gopher women then took over the 1000-yard freestyle with Kiera Janzen claiming first with a time of 9:59.43 followed by Breanne Siwicki (10:11.44) in second place, and Samantha Harding (10:12.03) taking third.
With Kiera Janzen securing distance freestyle wins, Lauren Votava won both shorter distance swims with a 1:48.64 in the 200-yard free and a 50.40 in the 100-yard freestyle. Erin Caflisch placing first in the 50-yard free with a 24.12 followed by Abi Raatz solidified Minnesota’s strength over Hawaii in freestyle.
Senior Tess Behrens won both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke with times of 57.03 and 2:05.03. Kierra Smith did the same, winning both breaststroke events with a 1:05.03 in the 100-yard and a 2:17.28 in the 200-yard event.
The Gophers were only surpassed by Hawaii in the 200 freestyle relay at the end of the meet.
The women’s swim and dive take on North Carolina State next on both January 24th at 6:00pm and January 25th at 10:00am at the University Aquatic Center. Note that Friday January 24th is the annual “Pack the Pool” event, make sure to join us for a fun home meet featuring free admission, Goldy, face-painting and a free t-shirt to the first 100 fans!
Minnesota Men’s Press Release
The University of Minnesota men’s swim team defeated the Rainbow Warriors yesterday, January 11, in Honolulu. This improves the team’s record to 5-1, with their only loss being against Florida earlier this season.
Minnesota won 13 of 14 events, as did the women’s team (diving was not contested).
Freshman Daryl Turner won a pair of gold-place finishes in both the 100-yard back with a time of 49.54 and an impressive 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.91 over senior captain Derek Toomey who snagged second with a 45.32. Toomey won the 50-yard freestyle with a 20.32.
Kyler Van Swol also snagged first place in two individual events, the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.39 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.56.
CJ Smith, distance freestyler, won the 1000-yard free with a 9:15.68 and the 500-yard free with a 4:32.82. The
Gophers only allowed a first place spot, and event win taken away from them in the 100-yard breaststroke, however Minnesota managed to nab both second and third place by Nick Hatanaka (who took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:05.29) and Spencer Mattox.
The Men’s swim and dive take on North Carolina State next on both January 24th at 6:00pm and January 25th at 10:00am at the University Aquatic Center. Note that Friday January 24th is the annual “Pack the Pool” event, make sure to join us for a fun home meet featuring free admission, Goldy, face-painting and a free t-shirt to the first 100 fans!
Hawaii Press Release
The University of Hawai’i men’s and women’s swim teams competed in their final regular season meet on Saturday, falling to Minnesota on senior day at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
The ‘Bows dominated several events but Paulo de Paula gave UH its only first place finish. He took top honors in the men’s 100 breaststroke with a time of 56:53.
Karl-Richard Hennebach had a pair of sliver finishes for the Rainbow Warriors, placing second in the 50 free (21:05) and 100 fly (49:50). Victor Goicoechea finished second in the 1000 free (9:21.99) and Yuri Samouilich did the same in the 200 free (1:39.32).
Madi Uekawa had a solid showing in the women’s 100 backstroke, placing second with a time of 1:06.32.
The most success of the day came in the men’s 100 fly, 400 IM, and 500 free. Hawai’i accounted for four of the top five finishers in each event.
With the regular season completed, the ‘Bows now turn their attention to the MPSF Swimming Championships. The competition runs from Feb. 19-22 in Monterey, Calif.