MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, November 6. THE North Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled to the upper Midwest this weekend and emerged with a pair of dual meet wins Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The UNC men defeated Minnesota 165-135 to improve to 4-0 on the season while the Tar Heel women downed the Golden Gophers 154-146 in a meet which came down to the last relay. The Tar Heel women are now 3-1 on the season.
The Carolina women defeated the Golden Gophers for the first time in dual meet competition since November 4, 2006 when the Tar Heels won 212-158. The men won for the first time against the Gophers since November 14, 2000 when Carolina won 198.5-171.5. UNC is now 3-13 all-time against Minnesota and the women's series is tied 6-6-1.
The Tar Heel men won the meet with depth. Both UNC and Minnesota won seven individual events and one relay but Carolina prevailed by 30 points nevertheless. The Tar Heels took the lead in the meet in the 200-yard medley relay and never looked back. Individual wins came from Tommy Wyher in the 100 fly and 100 back, by Joe Kinderwater in the 1000, by Tom Luchsinger in the 200 fly, by David MacDonald in one-meter diving, by Jim Flannery in the 200 back and by Tyler Harris in the 200 IM.
Conversely, the UNC women won eight individual events and the 400 free relay to score a come-from-behind dual meet victory. The Tar Heels swept the final three events of the meet – Jenna Moore in three-meter diving, Layne Brodie in the 200 IM and the 400 free relay — to rally for the eight-point victory. Rebecca Kane, Danielle Jansen, Katie Nolan and Stephanie Peacock swam on the winning relay which secured the necessary 11 team points to clinch the win.
"Today we were involved in two great college swim meets with both basically coming down to the last events," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "This was a true team effort. Today we took one more step as to how to face a challenge and come out on top. It was a great day for Carolina."
Other individual winners for the Carolina women were Peacock in the 200 and 500 freestyles, sophomore Carly Smith in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, Rebecca Kane in the 50 and 100 freestyles as well as the aforementioned wins by Moore and Brodie.
"Our depth in the men's meet showed up. We easily had three people consistently scoring in each event. In the 1000, we took 1-3-5, the 200 free 2-3-4, 100 back 1-2-4, and so on," DeSelm added. "We talked about importance of touching out opponents, working to improve your place. I think the team learned not only from our front line swimmers, but that every person's swims are about building momentum. We took a lot of positive steps forward."
"The men were steadily in the lead throughout the course of the meet. Minnesota had a chance to get it to the last relay and our IMers went 1-2-3 to clinch the meet. We then put up a very good 400 free relay at the end," explained DeSelm. "During the women's meet we were consistently 10 points down and trying to find ways to catch up.
At the end, Jenna Moore winning the diving event and then going 1-2-4 in the 200 IM was a big point swing. The result came down to relay and Stephanie Peacock on end of it. It was a great finish and a thrill to be in intense dual meet battle and come out on top. It was a great team effort on both sides. Very focused. Very dialed in."
The Tar Heels have next weekend off but will play host to the Janis Hape Dowd Nike Cup at Koury Natatorium the following weekend, Nov. 18, 19, 20. Prelims begin each day at 10 am with finals at 6 pm.
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