Division I: Mitchell Wins Two Events To Open Big Ten Triple Duals

Minneapolis, Minn. January, 27. THE eighth-ranked University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team won seven of 11 events in the first day of Big Ten triple dual action with Wisconsin and Purdue this evening at University Aquatic Center.

Senior Adam Mitchell won two individual events to lead Minnesota to a 160-45 lead over Wisconsin and a 117-88 edge over Purdue. Purdue also leads Wisconsin 133-72.

Mitchell cruised to individual wins in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. In the 200 free, he touched the wall in an NCAA B-cut time of 1:37.37, easily ahead of Purdue's Romain Maire (1:39.95). Tyler Schmidt finished third in a time of 1:40.18. In the 200 individual medley, Mitchell clocked a winning time of 1:49.27, also an NCAA B-cut time. Purdue's Giordan Pogioli was second in 1:51.22.

In the evening's first event, Minnesota coasted to a win in the 200 medley
relay. The Gophers' squad of Dan Berve, Colin Lee-To, Neil Osten and Igor
Cerensek touched in 1:28.92 to beat Purdue's time of 1:29.84. The Gophers
ended the evening competition with a win in the 800 freestyle relay as well. The team of Cerensek, Schmidt, Mike Woodson and Evan Bernier posted the best time by over seconds in 6:37.80 while Wisconsin was a distant second.

Minnesota posted the top two finishers in the 1000 freestyle, led by senior Travis Beckerle. He was able to coast to the wall with a time of 9:16.06 while teammate Zach Wood took second place in a time of 9:26.16.

The Gopherstook the top three spots in the 100 backstroke, headed by sophomore David Plummer in a time of 49.51. Berve was righ behind in 49.60 and Woodson was third in 50.34.

In the 100 breaststroke, Purdue's Pogioli posted the victor in 54.74 while
Lee-To touched second in 55.36 and Drew Knoechel was third in 56.27.
Wisconsin's Scott Rice was the winner in the 200 butterfly in 1:50.36 while freshman Adam Weis paced the Gophers in fourth place (1:51.73).

In 1-meter diving action, junior Shaun Kennedy led the Gophers in third place with a score of 260.55 while Purdue's Shaun LoBue was first with 286.10 points. Kennedy posted Minnesota's best finish in 3-meter action as well with 325.40 points to take fifth.

The meet continues tomorrow at noon at University Aquatic Center with nine

Minnesota 117.00, Purdue 88.00
Purdue 133.00, University of Wisconsin 72.00
Minnesota 160.00, Wisconsin 45.00