Final meet for seniors will be bittersweet for coaches

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Jules Ameel

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This NCAA Championship meet will be bittersweet for the Minnesota womenâÄôs swimming and diving team. This meet will feature seniors from coaches Terry Nieszner and Kelly KremerâÄôs first recruiting class. Minnesota hosts the meet at the University Aquatic Center today through Sunday. Kremer said itâÄôs not going to be easy watching the graduating seniors swim in their last meet of the season. âÄúItâÄôs going to fun to see them swim,âÄù he said. âÄúWeâÄôre going to miss the heck out of this group.âÄù Fifteen swimmers will represent Minnesota at the meet, the most in school history. Seniors Stacy Busack, Christine Jennings, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy and Jenny Shaughnessy are making their fourth trip to the meet. Seven swimmers are entering the NCAA championship meet for the first time, four of which are first years. âÄúEvery year has gotten more and more fun,âÄù she said. âÄúRight now we are trying to stay relaxed and rested and ready to go.âÄù In order to get ready, practices are different than during the regular season, Shaughnessy said. Minnesota has a very well balanced team, Kremer said, with Minnesota being represented in every swimming event. Sophomore Jillian Tyler enters the meet with the second-fastest time in the 100 breast stroke and third in the 200 breast stroke. âÄúMy thoughts going into this meet are that we have the best team in recent memory,âÄù Kremer said. âÄúAs coach it gives you a lot of confidence and gives you a lot to be excited about.âÄù The last two years, Minnesota has finished 13th overall. This year, a team goal is to finish in the top ten, something the Gophers know wonâÄôt be easy. âÄúNow with this group of seniors, itâÄôd be nice to see them improve on their 13th place finish,âÄù Kremer said.