Gophers Top Hawaii


Minnesota swimming began 2016 by grabbing wins against the University of Hawaii for both the men’s and women’s squads during the midst of the winter training trip. The 13 event order focused on the 200-yard events, and was completed without the 100 breaststroke or 100 backstroke. Minnesota tallied wins in 19 out of 22 swimming events, including a relay sweep. With the Gopher diving squad back training in Minneapolis, Hawaii collected diving points on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

WOMEN — W, 157-79
Zoe AvestruzDanielle NackRachel Munson and Lauren Votava earned first in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:47.47. The Gophers also grabbed second and fourth in the event.

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Sophomore Brooke Zeiger celebrated her birthday with wins in the 400 IM (4:24.13) and 200 back (2:02.80), as well as a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:51.89). Zeiger’s 400 IM mark led a 1-2-3 Gophers finish, followed by Breanne Siwicki (4:25.81) and freshman Olivia Johnston (4:34.57).

Votava tallied two individual event wins in the 200 free with a 1:50.01, and after posting 50.68 in the 100 free.

Danielle Nack led Minnesota to a 1-2-3 finish in the 50 free with a 23.52 in the 50 free for first place. She also collected gold in the 200 fly with a 2:02.68. Freshman Avestruz followed Nack in the 50 free with a 23.67

Samantha Harding picked up first in the women’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:57.21. The senior finished second in the 1650 free with a 16:54.82. Freshman Erin Emery followed Harding in the 500 free with a 5:00.90 for second, and finished fourth in the mile.

Rookie Rachel Munson grabbed the top finish in the 200 breast (2:18.37), followed by Rae Bullinger (2:20.89) and Kaela Marcus (2:20.92).

The Gophers wrapped the meet going 1-2 in the women’s 400 free relay. Avestruz, Schumacher, Bergeson and Holmquist led the way with a 3:32.87.

MEN — W, 146-82
Daryl TurnerConner McHughPaul Fair and Hunter Doerr combined for a 3:21.85 in the men’s 400 medley relay for first.

Rookie Michael Messner led the Gophers in the distance free events, earning first in the mile with a time of 16:10.47 and second in the 500 free (4:37.49). Fellow freshman Nick Plachinski was second in the 1650 free with a 16:22.23, and fourth in the 500 free (4:43.75).

McHugh led the Gophers to a dominant finish in the men’s 200 breast with a time of 2:01.65. John Bushman (2:01.79), Jakub Maly (2:07.74) and Eric Sande (2:10.08) had the next top three marks.

Bushman and Maly led the 400 IM field with times of 3:57.21 and 4:00.41, respectively. Rookie Brian Poon followed for third (4:05.19).

Turner grabbed first in the men’s 100 free with a time of 44.81.

Fair earned first place in the 50 free with a 20.60, and was followed by rookies Doerr (20.93) and James Tidd (21.25) for a Gophers 1-2-3 finish.

Noah Busch won the 200 back with a time of 1:51.97.

Ben Bravence turned in a 1:51.52 in the men’s 200 fly for the gold. Nick Orf followed for second (1:53.05).

Erick Huft led Minnesota to a silver finish in the men’s 200 freestyle with a 1:39.40, followed by senior Bravence (1:40.00).

The Gophers closed out the dual with a 1-2 finish in the 400 free relay. Fair, Turner, Busch and Bowe Becker recorded a 3:01.02 for first.

Minnesota will head to Denver, Colorado next for a two-day meet against Denver and BYU before returning to campus to begin spring semester.