MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, October 11. BIG Ten swimming and diving champions Minnesota opened up the new season with a heavyweight meet against conference rival Michigan, and came away with a strong win with a score of 173-127.
Minnesota will be looking for another strong season after losing NCAA champion Haley Spencer to graduation. Today’s victory was helped by wins in 10 of the 16 events, including a distance double by Kiera Janzen, who won the 1000 free with a 9:52.42 and the 500 free with a 4:48.02.
Lauren Votava was another two-time winner, taking the 50 free in 23.00 and the 100 free with a 49.54.
Freshman Madeline Hoch continues to improve in her first season at Minnesota, winning the 200 free with a 1:49.79. That’s just a second off her lifetime bet, a 1:48.62 from the 2010 YMCA nationals.
Kierra Smith and Becca Weiland were the other individual event winners for Minnesota. Smith took the 100 breast with a 1:03.11, while Weiland won the 100 fly with a 54.39. Minnesota rounded out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay with a 3:23.17.
Minnesota was dominant in diving, as Jessica Ramberg won the 1-meter competition with 376.60 points and Sarah McCrady took the 3-meter event with 336.15 points.
No Michigan swimmer won more than one individual event. After helping the team win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.10, Ali DeLoof won the 100 backstroke with a 54.54, while fellow relay teammate Angie Chokran won the 200 breast with a 2:17.70 after finishing second in the 100 breast to Smith with a 1:03.57.
Courtney Beidler (200 fly, 2:00.45), Marie Georger (200 back, 1:58.91) and Marni Oldershaw (200 IM, 2:01.87) were the other event winner for Michigan.